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'New Yorker' Cover Shows A Divided St. Louis

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Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists

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Mae West is said to have worn these super platform shoes both on screen and off. Brian Sanderson/Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hide caption

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Gold-Plated Gowns And 8-inch Pumps: The Stuff That Made Starlets Shimmer

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Not-so-authentic Irish: a Celtic knot tattoo. Tattoo parlors in Ireland say almost all the customers requesting this are American. Christa Burns/Flickr hide caption

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The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

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Nazi-Era Art Cache Brings Provenance Issues To Swiss Museum

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Galindo's "zapatello" uses gears and cranks to hit a shoe and glove on a drum made of a tire and rawhide. Richard Misrach/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles hide caption

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Richard Misrach/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles

Lost — Then Found — Along The Border, Objects Become Art

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What's With All Of The 'Hairy Arms' In Graphic Design?

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Milton's Mary's Turn also features Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas paintings hanging on the wall. Click here for a closer look. Courtesy of Peter Milton hide caption

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For One Artist, Colorblindness Opened Up A World Of Black And White

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Cosbys Start A 'Conversation' With African-American Art

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'National Gallery' Offers A Lingering Look At Art

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"This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" — Hetain Patel James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

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For decades, Kodak's Shirley cards, like this one, featured only white models. Kodak hide caption

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How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

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Phil Stanton (from left), Chris Wink and Matt Goldman are the founders of the theatrical performance troupe Blue Man Group. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Sacred, Sad And Salacious: With Many Meanings, What Is True Blue?

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Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis [Ferus Type] is set to be auctioned at Christie's, and expectations are high — but Warhol's estate won't see any of the money. Christie's Images LTD. 2014 hide caption

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Famous Paintings Sell For Millions At Auction, But The Artist Gets Zero

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