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A Chat With The Painter Whose Work Inspired Kanye West's 'Famous'

All Vincent Desiderio knew when he agreed to fly to Los Angeles was that West was a fan of his work. Twenty-four hours later, he found out just how deep the rapper's appreciation went.
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Overlooked But Undeterred, A 101-Year-Old Artist Finally Gets Her Due

Carmen Herrera was making art in the '50s and '60s but her male counterparts were getting all of the attention. Now, she's still hard at work and finally getting some long overdue recognition.
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Meet William Merritt Chase, The Man Who Taught America's Masters

Chase taught some of America's greatest artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper. On the centennial of the great teacher's death, a new exhibit in Washington, D.C., celebrates his life.
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Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out

Known by some as "the devil's painter," Bosch depicted imaginary animals and souls being violently tortured. At least one critic believes he is the father of modern art.
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Looking Back On How The National Gallery Of Art Got Its Start 75 Years Ago

Philanthropist and collector Paul Mellon gave the gift of art to the American people. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is honoring that gift as part of its 75th anniversary celebration.
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Artist June Leaf, Still Moving Fast At 86

June Leaf sculpts, paints and draws and she's been doing it for most of her 86 years. Now she's got a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
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For Many Art Dealers, 'Selling' Is A Dirty Word (But Not For Young Collectors)

Older collectors often want to keep their art forever, which is good for an artist's long-term career. Younger collectors are more commercially driven, and that can have ripple effects.

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Stanley Cup Inspires Artwork Bet, Highbrow Trash Talk Between 2 Museums

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks are going head-to-head in the Stanley Cup finals. To up the ante, art museums from the two cities decided to get in on the action.
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Copycake: When Food Art Ideas Get Swiped

Caitlin Freeman made a name for herself selling modern art-inspired pastries at the SFMOMA. The museum's cafe just reopened with a new caterer — whose desserts look suspiciously familiar.
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Chicago's Fine Arts Building Has 10 Floors But Innumerable Stories

On a prime block of Chicago's Michigan Avenue stands the Fine Arts Building. Producer and violinist David Schulman takes us on an audio tour with the people who know the building the best.

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