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Debating Government Arts Funding

As the showdown over averting the "fiscal cliff" heats up, funding for the arts isnt making headlines. But arts organizations fear big cuts, while conservatives hope to make their case for the separation of art and state. We explore the future of public arts funding.

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The Story Of Steadman, Drawn From His 'Gonzo' Art

Illustrator Ralph Steadman became known for his collaborations with "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson, but their partnership wasn't always easy. The documentary For No Good Reason looks at Steadman's life, art and relationship with the eccentric writer.
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Jonathan Jones: "The Lost Battles"

Art historian and critic Jonathan Jones details the fierce 16th century competition in Florence, Italy, between Leonardo da Vinci and his much younger rival, Michelangelo.

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Paintings, Including A Picasso, Taken From Museum

Seven paintings were stolen this week from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Steve Inskeep talks to Christopher Marinello, of Art Loss Registry, about the market for stolen art work.
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Picasso, Monet Paintings Among Those Swiped From Dutch Museum

Seven works by famous artists were stolen by thieves who broke into the Rotterdam museum around 3 a.m. The thieves set off an alarm, but managed to escape before police arrived.
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One Dot At A Time, Lichtenstein Made Art Pop

Roy Lichtenstein is best known for his dotted, angst-filled comics featuring beautiful ladies in distress. But a major retrospective at the National Gallery shows that the painter found inspiration beyond the comic-book world; he also paid his respects to the masters — Picasso, Monet and more.
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Wealthy Use Art Collections As Way To A Better Loan

All loans require collateral. If you don't pay your mortgage, the bank takes your house. If you don't keep up your car payments, there goes your car. Now some wealthy individuals are increasingly taking out loans from auction houses, like Sotheby's. If they default — there goes their art collection. Audie Cornish talks with Marion Maneker, publisher of Art Market Monitor, about the practice.

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