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Behold The Throne: There's A Golden Toilet At The Guggenheim

Museum-goers, prepare for "unprecedented intimacy with a work of art." Starting Friday, visitors will be able to use Maurizio Cattelan's America, a gold-cast, working toilet at the New York museum.

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.

How Art Transformed A Remote Japanese Island

The population of Naoshima has fallen to 3,000. But this year, its art will attract 800,000 tourists from around the world. "The level of our sophistication has gone up considerably," says a resident.

Artist Peter Doig Says He Didn't Paint This, And A Judge Agrees

A retired corrections officer says he bought the painting from Doig in 1976, but Doig (now a famous artist) says that wasn't him. So the retiree lawyered up and went to court.

Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

A wealthy American living in Paris, Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. In a subtle but powerful palette, she depicted androgynous women and melancholy nudes.

At This Experimental Culinary Event, The Cutlery Is High Art

Three Michelin-star chefs will cook for 60 guests in a one-night voyage of victuals in California. We talked to an artist creating the virtuoso flatware for the event.

X-Rays Reveal Hidden Portrait Under Painting By Edgar Degas

A team of researchers in Australia used a special mapping technique to expose a striking painting of another woman under the French Impressionist's Portrait of a Woman.

This Baby Shower Greeting Card Tells It Like It Is

The message on the front: "A baby is the sweetest gift." But press the button inside (where it says "A gift that keeps on giving") and the card cries — for three hours. There's no way to turn it off.

Will This 'David' Go Under Cover?

An important vote is expected soon in Russia. St. Petersburg residents will decide on dressing a 16-foot replica of Michelangelo's David. A woman complained the naked statue "warps children's souls."
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D.C. Prepares To Draft A Sweeping 'Cultural Plan' For The City

Can the arts become a bigger part of the overall development agenda for the nation's capital? D.C.'s government and insiders from its arts community want to make the city more attractive to creative people and industries — and they're working on an official plan for it.