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After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration

In the early 1960s, abstract artist Mark Rothko created five murals for a penthouse dining room at Harvard University. By the late '70s they were trashed — sun-faded and splattered with cocktails.
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For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away

In the 1800s, still-life painting was the bottom feeder of the art world, but that's where the French painter chose to leave his mark. "I want to astonish Paris with an apple," he's said to have said.
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A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway

Handmade rebozos and huipiles are staples of traditional Mexican attire. Designer Carla Fernández re-imagines those garments for runways in Tokyo and Amsterdam.
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Kandinsky On A Plate: Art-Inspired Salad Just Tastes Better

Would a salad arranged like an abstract painting be more enjoyable and valuable to diners than a typical salad presentation? Psychologists tried to find that out.
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'The Illustrated Courtroom' Finds Art In Real-Life Legal Drama

For some trials, courtroom sketches are the only images the public ever sees. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with artist Elizabeth Williams about her new book, which looks at 50 years of such drawings.
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With Blocks And Bricks, A Minimalist Returns To The Gallery

Carl Andre helped shape modern sculpture in the mid-1960s, but his career was jolted when he was tried and acquitted of murder. Now he's the subject of his first major retrospective in three decades.
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Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story

In Pablo Picasso's painting The Blue Room, infrared technology this week revealed the canvas' previous occupant: a portrait of a melancholy, mustachioed man.
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Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to build a museum full of movie memorabilia and fine art. But where? Both his hometown of San Francisco and Chicago, his "second home," are vying for it.
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As Portraits Became Passé, These Artists Redefined 'Face Value'

There was an art revolution underway in the 1950s and '60s. But not all painters embraced this major turning point in art.

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Man Emerges From Picasso's Painting 'The Blue Room'

The painting's surface depicts a scene in Pablo Picasso's studio in Paris, with a woman bathing between a window and a table. But the canvas holds a different scene underneath.

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