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Black, Female And An Inspirational Modern Artist

In just the last year, 96-year-old sculptor Elizabeth Catlett has had her work featured in exhibitions from Istanbul to Mexico to New York. She broke through barriers of race and gender, yet remains unknown to all but the artists she inspires.
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Museum Dedicated To All Of French Artist's Talents

France has opened a new museum honoring one of the most multi-talented, controversial and too-often-forgotten artists of the last century: Jean Cocteau. He was a poet, playwright, sculptor, painter and filmmaker. Frank Browning reports that it's all on view on the Cote d'Azur.
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Cezanne Sold To Qatar For A Record Price

Last year, the oil-rich Gulf nation of Qatar quietly purchased a painting by Paul Cezanne for more than $250 million, the highest amount ever paid for a work of art. Rachel Martin talks with Alexandra Peers, who recently wrote about the sale in Vanity Fair.
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The Mona Lisa's Twin Painting Discovered

Conservators at Madrid's Museo del Prado recently discovered that a replica of the Mona Lisa might have been painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci's pupils. The find provides fresh insight into da Vinci's enigmatic masterpiece and studio practice.
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In Italy, Art As A Window Into Modern Banking

With a nod to the current financial crisis in Europe, an Italian art exhibition looks at the often controversial role that banking played in expanding trade and helping usher in the Renaissance.
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Pollock's Legend Still Splattered On Art World

Even a century since his birth, American "splatter artist" Jackson Pollock still provokes heated debate about the very definition of art. Was a man who placed a canvas on the floor and dripped paint straight from the can actually creating a work of art?
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Ode To Ice

Discover the secret life of ice--what makes it cloudy or clear, why cracks form on ponds. Science Friday visited Queens ice sculptor Shintaro Okamoto in his studio and spoke with ice researcher Erland Schulson, of Dartmouth University, to find out why ice is an interesting subject for artists and scientists.

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