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The Fine Art Of Pricing Detroit's Collection

With Detroit's bankruptcy trial underway, one point of contention is likely to be the value of the city's art collection. The art market can be unpredictable, and disagreements between appraisers and creditors reflect just how political Detroit's art has become.
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The Future of Personal and Photo Drones

Personal drones with cameras attached are increasingly popular with everyone from filmmakers to hobbyists. We explore the evolving legal and social norms for flying them.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.
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A Night At The Museum ... With Robots

For five nights at London's Tate Britain museum, four robots are roving through the halls controlled by people around the world.
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A Sea Of Ceramic Poppies Honors Britain's WWI Dead

A hundred years after the start of World War I, 888,246 handmade red flowers are filling the moat at the Tower of London — one flower for each British or colonial life lost during the war.
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Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.
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As Museums Try To Make Ends Meet, 'Deaccession' Is The Art World's Dirty Word

Deaccessioning is the permanent removal of an object from a museum's collection. And there are a lot of rules surrounding it — for one, selling art to pay off debt will get you in big trouble.
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American Cool

An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery explores the concept of cool through photographs of 100 Americans with the style, originality and talent to become a cultural icon.

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With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time

Albert Paley's eye-catching gates, archways and sculptures frame transitions and elevate otherwise routine paths. An exhibit in Washington, D.C., is celebrating the work of the American metalsmith.
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After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration

In the early 1960s, abstract artist Mark Rothko created five murals for a penthouse dining room at Harvard University. By the late '70s they were trashed — sun-faded and splattered with cocktails.

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