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New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art

During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing.
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Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.
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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.
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Breaking Up Corcoran Gallery Takes More Time Than Expected

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college in Washington, D.C., will be taken over by a university and another gallery. The Corcoran is cherished by many but has had years of financial trouble.
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From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he's unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. The exhibit will be at his new presidential library.

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Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So

After World War II ended, Rosie the Riveter traded in her factory blues for June Cleaver's pink apron. A new exhibit traces pink back to the beginning — when plenty of boys wore it, too.
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A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum

On the Shore of the Seine was stolen in 1951. It resurfaced in 2012 when a woman claimed she found it at a flea market. A Washington Post reporter investigated and found the story wasn't so simple.
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Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision

When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned to do a mural for Rockefeller Center, some may have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.
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Too Many Artists, Too Little Time: The Problems And Promise Of The Whitney

It's time again for the show that people love to hate: the Whitney Biennial, an overview of American art. Critics often trash it, but as Karen Michel says, this year's showcase has a few surprises.
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Judy Chicago On Feminism, Art And Education

Judy Chicago pioneered the concept of "feminist art" in the '70s, pushing back in a male-dominated art world. As Chicago's 75th birthday approaches, a trio of nationwide exhibitions and events celebrate her contributions to both fields. We talk with her about what's changed and what hasn't for female artists.

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