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An excerpt from a new book that demonstrates that Los Angeles, surpassing New York and Chicago, is arguably the epicenter for African-American visual art.

Video: The Solace of a Blind Artist

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In his mid-30s, British artist and teacher Sargy Mann went blind from cataracts in both eyes. Twenty-five years later his paintings sell to top collectors for upward of $80,000. He tells the BBC how he lives and paints.

Dutch Museum Solves Van Gogh Mystery
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Is it or isn't it? Turns out it is -- that is, a still-life painting of a dynamic flower arrangement that experts at the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands once believed to be the work of Vincent van Gogh but then questioned has been reattributed to the Dutch postimpressionist, thanks in part to some X-ray sleuthing.

Giving Famous Nudes the Photoshop Treatment
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So much for Rubenesque: An artist by the memorable name of Anna Utopia Giordano has reshaped the famous figures of several nudes from classical paintings -- think Velazquez, Bouguereau and Botticelli -- to give them a 21st-century sensibility. (Read: They're a lot skinnier.)

Gauguin Painting Survives Viewer's Assault
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A visitor to the National Gallery in Washington apparently saw something she really didn't like in Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women.” Last Friday, she allegedly rushed the lush image and set to it with her fists, to the alarm of onlookers and gallery staff.

Yet Another 'Mona Lisa' Mystery
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Just when you thought the "Da Vinci Code" craze had mercifully passed, here comes another potential puzzle hidden in the "Mona Lisa": Members of Italy's National Committee for Cultural Heritage say they have found symbols embedded in the eyes of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic portrait.

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