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Years ago, John Sonsini began approaching men in Los Angeles who were looking for work — and offering them modeling jobs. The results are on view in a show called Cowboy Stories & New Paintings. Above, Saul & Lorenzo, 2008. John Sonsini hide caption

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Artist Says His Portraits Of Day Laborers Are Paintings — Not Statements

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This Japanese black pine was stolen on Sunday from a museum in Washington state. It was grown from a seed in a tin can by Japanese American Juzaburo Furuzawa while he was incarcerated in an internment camp during World War II. Courtesy of Pacific Bonsai Museum hide caption

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'Priceless' Bonsai Trees Stolen From Museum In Washington State

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Models walk the runway for Christopher John Rogers during New York Fashion Week in September 2019. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows hide caption

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These Head-To-Toe Fashions Were Inspired By Grandma's Sunday Best

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Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama stand next to their newly unveiled portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Feb. 12, 2018. The portraits are set to go on a yearlong tour to five cities in June of 2021. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Obamas' Portraits Going On Tour Next Year

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In the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) visits the Catskills. Costume designer Donna Zakowska says this outfit "in the boat with a funny lampshade hat" was among her favorites. Amazon Studios hide caption

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Meet The Designer Who Makes 'Mrs. Maisel' Look So Marvelous

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Portrait of a Woman in Red, 1620, by Marcus Gheeraerts II Tate hide caption

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Tracing 500 Years Of Pregnancy Portraits, From The Tudors To Today

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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr with Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler. "He caught my attention because he wasn't wearing socks. And he has very expensive loafers, or they seem that way. And so I did a sketch of him. And the next day, he had it as his profile picture on Twitter." Kisha Ravi/NPR hide caption

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Sketch Artist Captures 'Something Unusual' At Senate Trial

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Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here's How To Start A Habit

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Conservator Felicitas Klein, right, traveled from Germany with Villas at Bordighera, an 1884 painting by Claude Monet. She inspects the painting at the Denver Art Museum, along with senior paintings conservator Pamela Skiles. Kendelyn Ouellette hide caption

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How Do You Move 100+ Monet Masterpieces? Very, Very Carefully

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1 Night In An Edward Hopper Hotel Room? It's Less Lonely Than You Might Think

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A horn player (left) in this detail from a 1694 altar carving by Francesco Antonio d'Alberto in Piedmont, Italy, clearly has a swollen neck that signifies goiter, medical historians say. The thyroid condition was a sign of poverty in those days. Renzo Dionigi hide caption

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Renzo Dionigi

Why Certain Poor Shepherds In Nativity Scenes Have Huge, Misshapen Throats

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Façade of Chicago's first and only Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar in Wrigleyville. Nolis Anderson for NPR hide caption

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In Chicago, Hanukkah Now Has Its Own Pop-Up Bar Experience

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The Mayor, a green cube with a top hat, goes "kaboom" in Wattam. Funomena/Annapurna Interactive hide caption

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Meet 'Wattam,' The Newest Absurd Video Game Playground From Keita Takahashi

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Two editions of Maurizio Cattelan's Comedian, a banana duct-taped to a wall, have reportedly sold for more than $100,000. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: This Art Is Bananas

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Socks on display in the NPR gift shop. Petra Mayer/NPR hide caption

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Sock It To Me: In Praise Of An Evergreen Holiday Gift

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Not A Regular Reader? 4 Strategies To Make Reading A Habit

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Tai Shani, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Oscar Murillo pose for photographs after their names were announced as joint winners of the 2019 Turner Prize. Stuart C. Wilson/Stuart Wilson/Getty Images for T hide caption

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