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British Designer Ozwald Boateng's Dream To Dress Africa

Designer Ozwald Boateng became the first black designer on London's prestigious Savile Row. Since then, he's made quite the name for himself; his tailored suits cost as much as 40 grand. Host Michel Martin speaks with the so-called 'Statesman of Cool' about his career, style and Ghanaian heritage. This segment initially aired June 12, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Painter Created Million-Dollar Forgeries In Queens Garage, Officials Say

An anonymous painter in New York City created dozens of art forgeries, which sold for more than $80 million, according to prosecutors. The man isn't facing charges — but those who allegedly sold his canvases as the work of artists including Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell are in trouble.
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Ruth Asawa Found Her Artistic Calling In An Internment Camp

Melissa Block talks to Paul Lanier, the son of artist Ruth Asawa, who died in her San Francisco home on Monday at the age of 87. She's known for many famous fountains in San Francisco and her intricate, abstract wire sculptures, which are in the collections of many major museums.
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Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture

Every two years, Venice hosts the largest and oldest noncommercial art exhibit in the world. It's a dizzying and eclectic array of sights by both celebrity artists and total unknowns. More than 150 artists from 88 countries will be on display through November.
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Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas

Artist Faith Ringgold is best known for her story quilts which depict scenes of African-American life. But a new exhibit highlights the provocative paintings she made 20 years earlier — documenting the racial and political tumult of the 1960s.
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Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both

Female bodies sprawl across canvases in a retrospective of work by pop artist Tom Wesselmann, now on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. If the images make you blush, that's just part of a long artistic tradition.
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Our Collective War Story In 185 Photographs

You've maybe seen some photography. But have you seen 185 photographs spanning 165 years in one place? A ground-breaking exhibition shows what it all has in common: It's constant.
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At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases

The nonagenarian artist recently received the National Medal of Arts, and museums around the world are still celebrating his May birthday. The Phillips Collection, in Washington, D.C., is displaying seven "exuberant" pieces: layered or lined-up canvases painted in bold, solid colors.
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National Gallery Exhibit Highlights How Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

An exhibit at the National Gallery explores why this dancing troupe's work sparked a backlash in the early 20th century.

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Corcoran Exhibit Sees D.C. Through The Eyes of Outer-Space Aliens

A new exhibit at the Corcoran explores the nation's capital with the help of extraterrestrial tour guides.

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