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This 1991 photo became famous in the climbing community after appearing in a 1995 Patagonia catalog. Almost three decades after the photo was taken, Jordan Leads, the baby pictured, is grown up and tells NPR about her perspective on the photo. Greg Epperson hide caption

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The Flying Baby From A Famous 1995 Patagonia Catalog Photo Is All Grown Up

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Paint-By-Numbers Maestro Dan Robbins Dies At 93

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Artist Kadir Nelson illustrates Kwame Alexander's poem "The Undefeated" in a new picture book. Kadir Nelson/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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This Is For 'The Undefeated': A New Picture Book Celebrates Black Brilliance

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Milicent Patrick poses in the Universal Studios monster shop with her most famous creation: the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Family collection/Courtesy of Hanover Square Press hide caption

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The Forgotten Woman Who Designed The Creature From The Black Lagoon

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The Sackler Trust and Foundation both announced they would temporarily suspend charitable giving in the U.K. The Sackler Courtyard is a 2017 addition to the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In a 1936 letter to Henwar Rodakiewicz, Georgia O'Keeffe updated her friend on recent goings-on, including a new commission. The middle section reads: "I got an order for a big flower painting for Elizabeth Arden — got it myself ---" Shawn Miller/Library of Congress hide caption

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'High Heel' Muses On Beauty, Power — And Stilettos

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Art thieves tried to steal a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638), but the artwork, titled The Crucifixion, had been switched out for a copy. PHAS/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Thieves Steal A Famous Painting From An Italian Church — But Don't Worry, It's Fake

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Customers wait their turn while Charleston works at his father's old station and chats with Todd Sullivan, a volunteer with the Chinese-American Friendship Association, which partners with Charleston's church. Shuran Huang hide caption

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Rauschenberg worked on The 1/4 Mile on-and-off for 17 years, from 1981 to 1998. The LACMA exhibition was curated by Katia Zavistovski and Michael Govan. Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Museum Associates/LACMA hide caption

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Wear Comfortable Shoes: This Art Exhibition Covers '1/4 Mile'

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The Palau Sant Jordi, an indoor arena designed by Arata Isozaki that was used for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. Hisao Suzuki/Courtesy of the The Hyatt Foundation/Pritzker Architecture Prize hide caption

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Arata Isozaki, Whose Hybrid Style Forged 'New Paths,' Wins Pritzker Prize

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A branch of Ted Baker stands on Regent Street in London, England. Ted Baker's CEO Ray Kelvin resigned after people who worked with him complained of "forced hugging." Jack Taylor/Getty Images hide caption

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Ted Baker CEO Resigns After 'Forced Hugging' Complaints

The company says Ray Kelvin, who founded the fashion retailer more than 30 years ago, had resigned "with immediate effect." He will not be entitled to any salary or benefits payments.

Designer Isaac Mizrahi pays tribute to the models who wore his spring/summer fashion collection at a show in New York in November 1995. He chronicles his unlikely path into the fashion industry in his new memoir, I.M. Jon Levy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Isaac Mizrahi: From Following Mom Into The Fitting Room, To Fashion Fame

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German designer Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris, according to fashion house LVMH, owner of Fendi. He is seen here at the end of Chanel's 2019 women's ready-to-wear show in Paris, where a beach was created to show off Lagerfeld's collection. Stephane Mahe/Reuters hide caption

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Titian painted Portrait of a Lady in White around 1561. She's captivated historians and art lovers for centuries — but nobody knows who she is. Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut/Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister hide caption

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Who Was The 'Lady In White'? Titian Painted A Mystery Masterpiece

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