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Wal-Mart Heiress Brings Art Museum To The Ozarks

This week, Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is opening the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown of Bentonville, Ark. But some are having trouble separating the retail giant, which is also headquartered in Bentonville, from the cultural attraction.
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Degas' Dancers: Behind The Scenes, At The Barre

Edgar Degas was transfixed by the beauty of the ballet — but even more fascinated by the hard work of its dancers. The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. is showcasing an exhibit of his best behind-the-scenes ballet works, Degas's Dancers at the Barre.
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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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