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New Paintings Reignite The Bob Dylan Copycat Debate

Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan is once again at the center of a controversy about plagiarism, but this time it's not about his words or his music — it's about his painting. Many of the pictures in his new show are direct copies from historical photographs, and some fans are calling foul.
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'A Fisherman's Daughter' Returned To Rightful Owner

During World War One, German troops stole a painting from a French museum. Nearly a century later, "A Fisherman's Daughter" by French artist Jules Breton has been returned to the government of France.
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How Crossword Puzzles Unlocked An Artist's Memory

In 2007, artist Lonni Sue Johnson contracted viral encephalitis, leading to severe brain damage and amnesia. But language and crossword puzzles have unlocked Johnson's ability to remember how to play the viola and create simpler, childlike art — and that intrigues scientists at Johns Hopkins University.
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In China's Red-Hot Art Market, Fraud Abounds

Chinese art auctions often produce multimillion-dollar sales. But are the objects real? Fake paintings, rigged bids and endemic corruption are all part of the process.
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At NYC's Chelsea Hotel, The End Of An Artistic Era?

Some of the most creative thinkers of the 20th century lived, worked and played at the Chelsea. Now, the building has been sold and just a handful of longtime residents remain. Still, it is a building with a "life force," says 20-year resident Scott Griffin.
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Pacific Standard Time: An L.A. Art Story

The story of America's rise on the global art scene has mostly taken place in New York — but now Los Angeles wants in on the narrative. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented artistic collaboration with one grand theme in mind: the birth of the L.A. art scene from 1945 to 1980.
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Pop Art Master Oldenburg Unveils Another Big Idea

Claes Oldenburg unveils his latest outdoor sculpture — a giant paintbrush — outside the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia this weekend. At first, Oldenburg's giant clothespins and spoons made him a target for ridicule. But now you can find examples of his work all over the world. And like all of his work, it's intended to provoke a response.
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Andy Warhol's 'Headline': Sensationalism Always Sells

The National Gallery of Art showcases 80 early-'60s Andy Warhol works, all on the theme of newspapers and celebrity. In prints, paintings and drawings, the pop-art icon methodically reproduced tabloid headlines, interrogating the relationship between publications and their readers.

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