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Project Runway host Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn at the Project Runway Spring 2013 fashion show in New York City. Today, Gunn is comfortable before an audience — but it wasn't always that way. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hide caption

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From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

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Willem de Kooning's Woman — Ochre (oil on canvas, 1954-55) has been missing for 30 years. University of Arizona Museum of Art hide caption

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University of Arizona Museum of Art

Where's This Painting? 30 Years After Its Theft, Nobody Knows

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Barbra Streisand On 'Fresh Air' (2012)

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One of the main attractions in "The Edible Monument" exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles is a nine-foot long sugar palace showing the Greek sorceress Circe meeting Odysseus' men. Abbie Fentress Swanson for NPR hide caption

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One of artist Janet Echelman's giant, billowing net sculptures. Courtesy of Janet Echelman hide caption

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How Did A Mishap Lead To An Artist's Best Work?

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Correction: World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle

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Photographer Abbas Chronicles 'What People Do In The Name Of God'

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World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle 'Wildlife' Features Fantasy Forest

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A man wears a shirt with the "Peace for Paris" symbol, near the French Embassy in Berlin on Saturday, a day after the deadly attacks in Paris. Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Circle Of Hope: How A Raw Reaction Became A Sign Of Solidarity

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This Art Exhibit Makes You 'Wonder' — And That's The Whole Point

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During his decades-spanning career Irving Penn photographed everything from fashion models to frozen food. Above, Ball Dress by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci, New York, 2007. Conde Nast/Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation hide caption

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For Irving Penn, Perfect Portraiture Wasn't Just For Fashion Models

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This life-sized porcelain image of the Virgin Mary was brought over from Italy in 1884. Danielle Oteri hide caption

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The Madonna Of 115th Street Gets A Long-Awaited Makeover

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Vermeer's 1663 work, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, is back on display at the National Gallery after its first visit 20 years ago. Carola van Wijk/National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Vermeer's 'Woman In Blue' Returns To D.C., Hoping For Better Luck This Time

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Fans Offer Legos To Ai Weiwei After Company Refuses To Donate Its Toy Bricks

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Visitors look at Ai Weiwei's "Trace" installation — part of the @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz series — last year on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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