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Whitney Museum's New Building Opens Doors (And Walls) To Outside World

For decades, the museum was housed in a concrete fortress with few windows. Its new home offers striking views of the Manhattan skyline, but critics say the design draws attention away from the art.
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Picasso Painting Breaks Record For Most Expensive Artwork Sold At Auction

One of Pablo Picasso's later paintings in his series, "Les Femmes D'Alger" ("Women of Algiers"), was sold for $179.4 million, including the Christie's Auction House fee, at auction on Monday night.
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Picasso Painting Sells At Auction For $179 Million, A Record

Another record was set at the same auction when a Giacometti sculpture sold for $141 million. Thirty-four works of art were auctioned by Christie's at the event for a total of $706 million.
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Sculptor Chris Burden Dies At 69

The art world has lost a pioneering figure. Chris Burden began as a performance artist and left a public work that's now a symbol for Los Angeles. He died Sunday after a long illness.
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At LA Museum, A Powerful And Provocative Look At 'Islamic Art Now'

The dramatic images at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art linger in the mind. Curator Linda Komaroff says she hopes the collection challenges an American audience to rethink preconceptions.
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A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Artist Jennifer Rodgers' father was hospitalized for seven months with sepsis before he died. She used the creative process to try to comprehend his suffering and her loss.
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Can You Spot The Fake Fragonard?

A London gallery has asked visitors to spot the single fake, produced for about $100 in China, and displayed among its priceless collection. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what makes art valuable.
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Sexy, Simple, Satirical: 300 Years Of Picnics In Art

From Goya to Banksy, artists through the centuries have tackled modernity and its discontents through depictions of eating outdoors.
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Lunch With Monet, Dinner With Jackson Pollock

Two new books focus on the culinary lives of these two artists. Turns out, their approaches to food provide a new way of thinking about their two very different approaches to art.
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Gift Worth $400 Million To Art Institute Of Chicago Includes Works By Warhol

The donation was confirmed after the museum agreed to display the 42 paintings, silk-screens and sculptures for the next 50 years.

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