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Amber Iman and Eden Espinosa in Lempicka. Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman/Lempicka hide caption

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'Lempicka' showcases a little-known queer artist's dazzling life

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Preview visitors attend the Neo Rauch exhibition "Begleiter" at Pinakothek der Moderne art museum in Munich, Germany, on April 19, 2010. Johannes Simon/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Open Wall nights could lead to the next artistic visionary

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Visitors look at the artwork "The Matter of Time" by US artist Richard Serra during the presentation of the "25 Years of the Museum Collection" exhibition on the 25th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the Spanish Basque city of Bilbao on Oct. 18, 2022. Ander Gillenea/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Photos: Remembering Richard Serra, a world-renowned 'poet' of metals

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On Wednesday, people looked at a Banksy mural in London which has been defaced with white paint. The artwork first appeared overnight on Sunday and was confirmed to be Banksy's work on Monday. Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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The FBI Boston Division recovered 22 artifacts stolen from Japan, including the artwork above. During World War II, various treasures from the Ryukyu Kingdom were stolen. The Federal Bureau of Investigation hide caption

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation

David Johnson in 2023 with one of his photographs, "Clarence," at an award luncheon at UC Berkeley honoring the photographer. Peg Skorpinski hide caption

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Photographer David Johnson, who chronicled San Francisco's Black culture, dies at 97

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An aerial view of Luna Luna in Moorweide park in Hamburg, Germany in 1987. Sabina Sarnitz/Luna Luna, LLC hide caption

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World famous artists designed this carnival in 1987. Nearly 40 years later, it's back

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Students walk by the statue of Hecuba, the legendary Queen of Troy, with a quote by William Shakespeare — spelled "Shakespear" — on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2017. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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This black and white photo taken in May 1982 shows Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama, whose death was announced on March 8, 2024. STR/JIJI Press/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Denise Murrell is the curator of The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, featuring works like Archibald J. Motley Jr.'s Black Belt. Photos courtesy of The Met hide caption

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Photos courtesy of The Met

Yokosuka Museum of Art, situated on Tokyo Bay, is designed as a destination for both visitors and locals. Tomio Ohashi/The Pritzker Architecture Prize hide caption

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Riken Yamamoto, who designs dignity and elegance into daily life, wins Pritzker Prize

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Melanie Dantzler, president of the African American Quilt Circle of Durham, N.C. and past vice president Teena Crawshaw, stand in front of the quilt "Recalling Slavery Days" at QuiltCon 2024. Sea Stachura hide caption

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The enduring story for Underground Railroad Quilts

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Louisville's statue of French King Louis XVI was removed after it was vandalized during protests in 2020. The 200 year-old monument was a gift from Louisville's sister city of Montpellier, France. Stephanie Wolf/Louisville Public Media hide caption

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Removed during protests, Louisville's statue of King Louis XVI is still in limbo

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Dorothea Lange, Human Erosion in California (Migrant Mother), March 1936, gelatin silver print The J. Paul Getty Museum hide caption

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The J. Paul Getty Museum

In today's global migrant crisis, echoes of Dorothea Lange's American photos

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Entrée du port (Entrance to the Port), a previously unknown mural discovered at Paul Cezanne's childhood home in Aix-en-Provence Ville d'Aix-en-Provence / Philippe Biolatto hide caption

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Ville d'Aix-en-Provence / Philippe Biolatto

Emmalene Blake poses for a portrait in front of her mural showing Samia al-Atrash holding her niece Masa Khader, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza in October. Molly Keane for NPR hide caption

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A grieving Palestinian, an Irish artist and the mural that brought them together

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Jada Pinkett Smith's creative life. Matt Winkelmeyer/Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images hide caption

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