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Sotheby's Has Record Auction With Works By Giacometti, Van Gogh

On Tuesday night, Sotheby's brought in its highest total yet for a single auction: more than $422 million dollars. The record total owed a lot to the sale of two works — a Giacometti sculpture that went for $101 million and Van Gogh's "Still Life with Daisies and Poppies" fetched $61.8 million.
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400 Years After Death, El Greco Receives Celebration He Sought

The painter had mixed fortunes in life, but his works are receiving the royal treatment in Crete and Spain on the 400th anniversary of his death.
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'Ciao, Carpaccio!' Painter's Reputation No Longer Sliced Thin

Jan Morris's new book is an ode to Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio. Yes, the thinly sliced meat is named after him. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Morris about her life, work and favorite painter.
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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.
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On The National Mall, An American Portrait In Sand And Soil

This month, the National Portrait Gallery presented its largest portrait yet, a 6-acre face rendered in sand and soil on the National Mall.
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The Man Who Casts The Metal For The Master Sculptors

If you're an artist with an idea for a metal masterpiece, you'd probably turn to Dick Politch to cast it. His foundry has done works for over 500 artists. We get a look at an exhibit of his creations.
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Art Project Opens Long-Closed Ellis Island Hospital

The dilapidated hospital on Ellis Island has been shuttered since 1954. But now it's opening to the public. The occasion? An art exhibition. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the head of Save Ellis Island.
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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.
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One Sculptor's Answer To WWI Wounds: Plaster, Copper And Paint

World War I left many soldiers with disfiguring scars. For those whose faces were no longer recognizable, an American artist, Anna Coleman Ladd, sculpted masks to cover their injuries.
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Now That's An Artifact: See Mary Cassatt's Pastels At The National Gallery

Cassatt gave the three well-loved, wooden boxes of pastels to a friend's 10-year-old granddaughter, who later recalled: "I wasted lots of them on playing and swapping them with my friends."

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