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In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation

The 1,400-work exhibition gave many Americans their first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were up to. It was the biggest art show New York had ever seen and challenged ideas about artistic "progress."
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Saudi Soldier Questions Authority With Art (And Plastic Wrap)

Abdulnasser Gharem is revolutionizing the contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia with performance art and installations that chafe against his country's bureaucracy. A lieutenant colonel in the army, Gharem skirts potential censorship by exhibiting his boldest, most critical pieces outside Saudi borders.
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Art Revolution Blooms After Arab Spring

The Arab American National Museum is taking a fresh look at the Arab Spring movement through street art, painting and photography. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with guest curator Christiane Gruber and Egyptian artist Nazeer about the new exhibit "Creative Dissent."
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Recovering Nazi-Looted Art

Kojo explores how the discovery of 1,500 artworks missing since the Nazi era fits into the decades-long effort to recover lost and looted art in Europe.

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Nazi Art Trove Includes Previously Unknown Matisse, Chagall Works

Of nearly 1,400 oil paintings, prints and other works, 1,285 had been stacked in a drawer, unframed. They include work by German expressionists such as Franz Marc and Max Beckmann, in addition to previously unknown paintings by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.
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If The Internet Is Your Canvas, You Paint In Zeros And Ones

In early October, Benjamin Palmer dropped $3,500 at Phillips auction house in New York. His acquisition? Ifnoyes.com — the first website to be sold at an established auction. It highlights the growing acceptance and appeal of artwork that lives in a virtual space.
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Dead Bees, Nail Clippings And Priceless Art In Warhol's 'Time Capsules'

More than 600 boxes filled with letters, newspaper clippings and the occasional nearly-nude photo comprise a posthumous exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The Time Capsules were packed away by Warhol, an infamous pack-rat, throughout his life.
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Behind Rockwell's Idyllic America, There Were A Lot Of Therapy Bills

In his later years, Norman Rockwell lived in the kind of small town you'd expect to see in his paintings. But he didn't move there for its tranquil pastures; he moved for the psychiatric institute where he and his wife sought treatment. In American Mirror, Deborah Solomon looks at the artist's relationship with his psychoanalyst.
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Priceless Italian Treasure Is Shown Off In Rare Exhibition

For the first time, 70 pieces of the Treasure of San Gennaro — said to be more valuable than the British crown jewels — have been transported from a vault in Naples to a museum in Rome. The collection highlights historic gifts from European leaders, including Napoleon.
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Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso

Man With Opera Hat is being raffled off to raise money for Tyre, an ancient Phoenician city in Lebanon. At $135, tickets don't come cheap, but your chances of winning are much better than the megalotteries a lot of people enter, and it's still the closest many will come to owning one of Pablo Picasso's works.

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