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Meet Joseph Duveen, The Savvy Art Dealer Who Sold European Masterpieces

Duveen once observed: "Europe has a great deal of art, and America has a great deal of money." A new exhibit explores the relationship between Duveen and American mega-millionaire Norton Simon.
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Impressionist Hero Édouard Manet Gets The Star Treatment In Los Angeles

Manet was not himself an impressionist, but he mightily influenced the movement. Two of his paintings are now in L.A. The Railway is making its West Coast debut, and Spring just sold for $65 million.
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A Detroit Opera Celebrates Frida Kahlo's Life And Cooking

The Michigan Opera Theater is mounting a production in March of Frida. The city's Mexican restaurants are getting involved by honoring the Mexican artist's recipes and cooking with special menus.
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Daughters Back An Artful End To The Rivera-Rockefeller Rivalry Story

Capitalist Nelson Rockefeller and painter Diego Rivera clashed over a political mural in the 1930s. Now their daughters have teamed up to preserve both their fathers' legacies and the art they loved.
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In Art For The Blind, Touching Exhibits Is Mandatory

Museums are filled with signs that say "do not touch." But a current exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid wants you to do just the opposite. The exhibit is designed for blind people.
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Ornery Artist's Hand-Lettered Screeds Helped Him Keep The World At Bay

Jesse Howard filled his property with signs that proclaimed his disappointment with the world. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis recently opened the first comprehensive survey of his work.
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'War Rugs' Reflect Afghanistan's Long History With Conflict

Afghanistan has suffered through decades of war. The modern history of violence has seeped into the nation's ancient art of rug making — rugs now feature imagery of tanks, AK-47s and U.S. drones.
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Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted At Smithsonian

The American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has gathered the work of artists who paint, photograph and sculpt winged creatures — underscoring their endangered existence and exquisite beauty.
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As U.S. Reengages With Cuba, Art Museums Make a Trade

The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts are exchanging works from their collections. It's the largest art exchange between the two countries in more than 50 years.
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7 Decades On, Israel Still Seeks Resolutions For 'Holocaust Art'

The Nazis seized up to 600,000 works of art and much of it has never been returned to its rightful heirs, assuming their are any. Some of the art has ended up in Israel, creating complicated issues.

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