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For Miami, A New Art Project, Complete With Drama

The Perez Art Museum Miami opens this week, and despite praise for the building's design, the museum faces controversy over its name and has an uphill battle in a city where the art scene is already defined by private collectors.
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Designer B Michael On Bringing Color To The Runway

B Michael is one of few top-tier African-American fashion designers. His work has been described as "politely sexy" and is worn by some of Hollywood's top names. Host Michel Martin talks with the veteran designer about his inspirations.
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Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs

More than 35 years ago, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey began acquiring documents, artifacts and artworks that tell the story of the African-American experience. The collection, which spans more than 400 years, spotlights not black pain, they say, but the strength and resilience of African-Americans.
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Art Thieves Sentenced To 6 Years For Dutch Museum Heist

The value of the stolen art was estimated at more than $24 million when officials obtained insurance for the paintings. The works have not been recovered; some were destroyed, officials say.
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What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'?

The question of categorizing art by ethnicity or gender is at the center of a very public debate surrounding a new show at the Smithsonian called "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art."
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How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

Artist Andy Warhol's iconic black-and-white painting of a Coke bottle hits the auction block at Christie's on Tuesday. It is expected to sell for more than $40 million.
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In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation

The 1,400-work exhibition gave many Americans their first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were up to. It was the biggest art show New York had ever seen and challenged ideas about artistic "progress."
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Saudi Soldier Questions Authority With Art (And Plastic Wrap)

Abdulnasser Gharem is revolutionizing the contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia with performance art and installations that chafe against his country's bureaucracy. A lieutenant colonel in the army, Gharem skirts potential censorship by exhibiting his boldest, most critical pieces outside Saudi borders.
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Art Revolution Blooms After Arab Spring

The Arab American National Museum is taking a fresh look at the Arab Spring movement through street art, painting and photography. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with guest curator Christiane Gruber and Egyptian artist Nazeer about the new exhibit "Creative Dissent."
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Recovering Nazi-Looted Art

Kojo explores how the discovery of 1,500 artworks missing since the Nazi era fits into the decades-long effort to recover lost and looted art in Europe.

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