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Artist Peter Doig Says He Didn't Paint This, And A Judge Agrees

A retired corrections officer says he bought the painting from Doig in 1976, but Doig (now a famous artist) says that wasn't him. So the retiree lawyered up and went to court.
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Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

A wealthy American living in Paris, Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. In a subtle but powerful palette, she depicted androgynous women and melancholy nudes.
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At This Experimental Culinary Event, The Cutlery Is High Art

Three Michelin-star chefs will cook for 60 guests in a one-night voyage of victuals in California. We talked to an artist creating the virtuoso flatware for the event.
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X-Rays Reveal Hidden Portrait Under Painting By Edgar Degas

A team of researchers in Australia used a special mapping technique to expose a striking painting of another woman under the French Impressionist's Portrait of a Woman.
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This Baby Shower Greeting Card Tells It Like It Is

The message on the front: "A baby is the sweetest gift." But press the button inside (where it says "A gift that keeps on giving") and the card cries — for three hours. There's no way to turn it off.
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Will This 'David' Go Under Cover?

An important vote is expected soon in Russia. St. Petersburg residents will decide on dressing a 16-foot replica of Michelangelo's David. A woman complained the naked statue "warps children's souls."
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D.C. Prepares To Draft A Sweeping 'Cultural Plan' For The City

Can the arts become a bigger part of the overall development agenda for the nation's capital? D.C.'s government and insiders from its arts community want to make the city more attractive to creative people and industries — and they're working on an official plan for it.

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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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Models From Norman Rockwell's Paintings Reunite

On the 100th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's first Saturday Evening Post cover, several of the children seen in his iconic portraits gathered at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
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Robert Irwin Brings 'Big' To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He's spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.

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