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Shaking Up Italy’s Most Popular Museum
With long lines, chaotic ticketing and a collection to rival the Louvre’s, the Uffizi Gallery is at the forefront of dramatic reforms. Read the full New York Times article here. READ MORE

How Sotheby’s Found a Path to Higher Profits
In the face of a declining art auction market, the company reported a second-quarter surge, partly due to cost cutting. Read the full New York Times article here.
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Models From Norman Rockwell's Paintings Reunite
On the 100th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's first Saturday Evening Post cover, several of the children seen in his iconic portraits gathered at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Read the full NPR article here. READ MORE

This Famous Art Was Hidden in a Shed for 16 Years

In a yard full of police tow trucks in North Philadelphia, a massive green sculpture of copper pipe and welded bronze sits outside a vehicle workshop, its extravagant curves forming a startling contrast to the gritty surroundings. The sculpture is “Free Interpretation of Plant Forms,” completed by the artist and furniture designer Harry Bertoia in 1967 for a prominent position outside the Philadelphia Civic Center. Since 2000, however, it has been hidden from public view in a shed outside the police workshop. Read the full New York Times article here.

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Real Estate for the 1% with Art for the Masses
New York’s high-end developers are spending money on public works by artists like Yayoi Kusama and Anish Kapoor. read the full New York Times article here. READ MORE

Senate Bill Would Help Recover Art Stolen by Nazis
The legislation would allow victims or their families to make claims within six years of when the looted art was found and prove their right to it. Read the full New York Times article here. READ MORE

Van Gogh's "Starry Night" Was Re-created with Bacteria-- and It's as Cool as It Sounds

What do the Chicago skyline, a cat, a subway map, a Van Gogh and a skull all have in common? They've all been re-created into beautiful masterpieces using... bacteria. Read the full article here.

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Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65
Architect Zaha Hadid died on Thursday at age 65. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor. Read the full NPR article here. READ MORE

Some Artists Are Seeing Red Over A New 'Black'
First, it's not really black. It's not even a color or a pigment. "Vantablack" is a "material," according to Surrey NanoSystems, the British company that created it. But this rebellious material is causing quite a fuss now that renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor — who designed Chicago's Cloud Gate and the Orbit tower for the 2012 London Olympics — has bought the exclusive rights to use it in art. Get the full story at NPR. READ MORE

The Met and a New Logo
The new design has not failed to attract strong reactions as it starts to appear on the institution’s posters, mailings and the Met Breuer signs. Read the full New York Times article here. READ MORE

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