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Should Detroit Bail Out By Selling Van Gogh?

The city of Detroit owes billions of dollars to creditors. Now, the city's emergency manager is trying to figure out how much the city's assets are worth, including pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts by painters like Van Gogh, Matisse, and Warhol. Host Michel Martin talks about the possibility of selling Detroit's art collection.
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Giant Renaissance Food People Descend Upon New York

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a 16th-century artist who liked to play with his food, transforming it into the building blocks of many of his fantastical portraits. Artist Philip Haas has taken those portraits out of museums, reinterpreting them as colossal statues that interact with the natural environment.
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Banksy Mural May Be Coming To U.S. After All

The stencil of a young boy sewing the Union Jack is the centerpiece of an exhibition in London, after which it will head to the U.S. where it is to be part of a private collection. Organizers say Slave Labour is not being put up for sale, but residents of the London neighborhood from which it disappeared want it back.
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The Real Costs Of Cheap Fashion

The collapse of a Bangladesh clothing factory building has renewed worries about the ethics of the fashion industry. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning fashion critic Robin Givhan about the real costs of cheap fashion.
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Spirituality And Sprite, Aisle 1? What An Artist Sees In Wal-Mart

Artist Brendan O'Connell's paintings find beauty in a cathedral of American consumerism. His thoughtful, unironic paintings of life inside Wal-Mart stores reflect on our relationship to brands and the search for "transcendence" in a shopping cart.
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When Sculpting Cedar, This Artist Is Tireless And Unsentimental

Ursula von Rydingsvard is 70 years old, but she still spends eight hours a day working massive blocks of cedar into sculptures. "I don't want the cuteness associated with the wood," she says, "or even the nostalgia."
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Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite'

Two art museums in Boston are offering free admission Tuesday in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. They hope that residents will find comfort and community.
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American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

Seventy objects sacred to Arizona's Hopi tribe are scheduled to hit the block Friday. Tribal members say the items were taken illegally and have asked U.S. officials to help stop the sale, which French auctioneers estimate the sale may bring in $1 million. A court hearing is set for Thursday in Paris.
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Emigre Artist Sculpted Exquisite Gems Of Russian Folk Life

Semiprecious stones were the medium of choice for Vasily Konovalenko, a Soviet ballet set designer turned sculptor. His masterful workmanship captured Russian characters, from Cossacks and drunks to country folk and czarist henchmen. He fell afoul of the authorities and left Russia for the U.S. in the 1980s.

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