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Panama Papers Provide Rare Glimpse Inside Famously Opaque Art Market

The leaked documents tell the backstory of a groundbreaking Christie's auction, and the purchase of a painting one man claims was seized from his grandfather during World War II.
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Gardens Don't Tend Themselves: Portraits Of The People Behind LA's Luxury

Behind every gleaming bathroom or expertly manicured lawn is a person tasked with its upkeep. These workers are the stars of Ramiro Gomez's art — he's a former nanny and the son of Mexican immigrants.
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A 'New' Rembrandt: From The Frontiers Of AI And Not The Artist's Atelier

A newly unveiled portrait bearing all the hallmarks of the Dutch master is actually the result of 18 months of analysis of 346 of his paintings, plus 150 gigabytes of digitally rendered graphics.
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For 19th Century French Artists, 'Noir' Was The New Black

After the Industrial Revolution, artists started getting creative with some newly available black materials. An exhibit at LA's Getty museum celebrates their exploration of the shadows.
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DIY Artists Paint The Town Strange, With Some Help From George R.R. Martin

The art market is booming in Santa Fe, N.M., but the highbrow scene leaves some artists feeling out of place. So, one collective made a space of their own — with a big boost from the fantasy author.
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Sound Sculptor Harry Bertoia Created Musical, Meditative Art

Designer and sculptor Harry Bertoia spent the final decades of his life creating mesmerizing "sonambient" music out of big metal objects. An 11-CD collection of his recordings has just been reissued.
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Eggs Become Art To Celebrate Life's Rebirth

Cultures around the world decorate eggs to celebrate spring. Modern artists continue those traditions, reflecting the fragility and beauty of life.
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Feds Recover Stolen Indian Antiquities From Major New York Auction House

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations seized two ancient sandstone statues just days before they were scheduled to go to auction.
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Avant Guard: At LA's Broad Museum, A New Approach To Protecting Art

Contemporary art isn't easy, and the new museum's creators wanted first-time visitors to feel welcome. So The Broad's guards act as friendly ambassadors — ready to engage with visitors about the art.
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'Luncheon In Fur': The Surrealist Teacup That Stirred The Art World

In 1936, the surrealist Meret Oppenheim wrapped a teacup, saucer and spoon in fur. In the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable. Even today, the work triggers intense reactions.

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