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Presidential Portraits: George W. Bush Reveals Never-Before-Seen Paintings

Former President George W. Bush's portraits of world leaders such as Blair, the former British prime minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Dalai Lama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai are on display at his presidential library in Dallas.The exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," includes photographs and other memorabilia from Bush's visits with these leaders. USA Today reports.....


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A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home
It has the makings of a great mystery: artwork stolen from a prominent museum, plus the FBI, a beautiful woman and an intrepid reporter. But this isn't fiction; it's a strange, true tale of how a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has now safely returned home to a Baltimore museum. NPR reports... READ MORE

Portugal’s Move to Sell Miró Works Raises Debate of Preservation vs. Privatization

LISBON — Since the onset of the euro crisis a few years ago, the Portuguese government has shed assets including its airport management company, a highway operator and the national postal service. But when it came to selling off a collection of works by the Catalan artist Joan Miró, for some it was a step too far. The government’s announcement that it would sell the collection through the auction house Christie’s in London set off intense discussion as to what kind of assets governments should be allowed to sell, and whether a nation’s cultural heritage should be off limits.

The New York Times reports... 

What a Camera Caught, a Painter Transforms
In “Regrets,” a new show at the Museum of Modern Art, Jasper Johns has based a cohesive group of nearly two dozen paintings, drawings and prints on a photograph of Lucian Freud, The New York Times reports. READ MORE

Book of Kells Now Free To View Online
As part of the general celebration of St Patrick’s Day, Trinity College Library Dublin has announced that the Book of Kells is now viewable in its entirety in the Library’s new Digital Collections online repository.  READ MORE

Shop for a Masterpiece (With a Little Help)
The hectic atmosphere at art fairs helps keep prices up and creates an auctionlike atmosphere. However, even at more reachable prices, that atmosphere can lead to bad decisions. Private art dealer 
Robert Edelman offers tips for navigating the art fair scene and finding a masterpiece  in this New York Times article. READ MORE

These Illustrations Make Reading Chinese Characters Easy
Illustrations by graphic designer Noma Bar feature Chinese characters in both the traditional (mainly used in Taiwan and Hong Kong) and simplified (mainly used in mainland China) writing styles. Read more about it here. READ MORE

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New Art From ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ Creator
In putting together “Stripped,” a documentary exploring the art and evolution of newspaper comic strips, Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder, the co-directors, interviewed more than 70 cartoonists. One of the biggest gets was Bill Watterson, the reclusive creator of “Calvin and Hobbes,” the beloved newspaper strip about a mischievous boy and his stuffed tiger, which ran from 1985 to 1995. Read the  New York Times article for full details. READ MORE

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