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Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally

Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes wants to encourage questions about the availability of deadly weapons, so he turns guns into shovels and most recently, unique musical instruments.
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Which Artworks Should We Save? Cash-Strapped Italy Lets Citizens Vote

With money tight, Italian officials are faced with an unbearable choice: Which works of art should be saved, when the government can't afford to save them all? At the end of 2013, the government organized an online vote to give citizens a say in the matter.
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These Guitars Are For The Birds — Literally

A new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., features a flock of 70 finches and an array of tuned and amplified guitars. As the flock fills the open room, the birds are free to land on the guitars, making music of their own as they move and jump off the instruments.
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Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block

In Detroit, a group of local and national foundations has pledged more than $330 million to keep the city from auctioning off assets from the Detroit Institute of Art. The purpose of the deal is twofold: to preserve the collection and to raise money for the city's underfunded pension plans.
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Robert Indiana: A Career Defined By 'LOVE' No Longer

In 1968, the Museum of Modern Art bought his painting LOVE and made him a star. It became a sculpture, a stamp, greeting cards — and it obscured the rest of his career. Now the first major retrospective of Indiana's work has begun a national tour at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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Conserving Priceless Chinese Paintings Is An Art All Its Own

The U.S. has one of the world's best collections of Chinese paintings, but only four master conservators who know how to take care of them — and they're all approaching retirement. At the Freer and Sackler Galleries in D.C., Xiangmei Gu is passing her skills on to a new generation.
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Hip-Hop's Aboriginal Connection

Beat Nation is a traveling art exhibition that mines the similarities between hip-hop and indigenous culture. It's made a big splash in Canada, where indigenous protest movements have recently captured headlines.
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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

As the city tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating Detroit's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to retirees' pensions.
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Pa. Man Wins $1 Million Picasso With $140 Raffle Ticket

Jeffrey Gonano, 25, had the winning stub in a Sotheby's drawing for the Spanish master's 1914 cubist painting, "Man in the Opera Hat."
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Meat And Booze With A Side Of Still Life: American Painters On Food

Food as a symbol of politics, diet, gender roles, technology, isolation, gluttony and blatant commercialism has been with us for ages and in many forms. A massive exhibit explores how American artists, from Pilgrim times to Andy Warhol, used paintings of food to shape and reflect our national identity.

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