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As artist David Hockney recovered from a minor stroke, he decided to paint portraits of his friends. The result is "82 Portraits and 1 Still-life," an exhibit now on view at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima/LACMA hide caption

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What's It Like To Pose For David Hockney? We Asked The People In His Portraits

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It took Brynjar Karl Birgisson 11 months to complete the world's largest Titanic replica, using only Legos. Courtesy of Titanic Museum Attraction hide caption

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Builder Of World's Largest Titanic Replica In Lego Says His Autism Is A Gift

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The exhibit "Persistence of Vision" had been up since December, months before the allegations against Nicholas Nixon became public. Meredith Nierman/WGBH News hide caption

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The Roots Of 'Black And Gray Realism' Tattoos

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New York's Metropolitan Museum Announces Max Hollein As New Director

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Dayanita Singh's Museum Bhavan contains nine accordion books that expand into a 7.5-foot-long gallery of black and white photographs. Bilal Qureshi hide caption

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This Photographer Wants To Put A Museum In Your Pocket

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The Hungarian-born French photographer Brassaï (born Gyula Halasz) is one of three photographers currently being featured at MOCA in Los Angeles. Baron/Getty Images hide caption

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3 Photographers Who Captured The Undersides Of Life

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A 2017 congressional committee report singled out this picture of Donald Rumsfeld as one example of the high cost of official portraits. Unveiled in 2010, after Rumsfeld's tenure as secretary of defense had ended, this official image — Rumsfeld's second — cost more than $46,000. Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The Complex Story Of Civil Rights Photographer Ernest Withers

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The oil painting Cider Making by William Sidney Mount is on display at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 758. Purchase, Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, by exchange, 1966 hide caption

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Purchase, Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, by exchange, 1966

Jasper Johns, pictured in his New York City studio in 1964, was known for transforming common objects like flags, numerals and archery targets into unsettling paintings. Bob Adelman/© Bob Adelman Estate hide caption

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The Flag Still Flies For Jasper Johns

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In a full-issue article on Australia that ran in National Geographic in 1916, aboriginal Australians were called "savages" who "rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings." The magazine examines its history of racist coverage in its April issue. C.P. Scott (L) and H.E. Gregory (R)/National Geographic hide caption

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French Fashion Designer Hubert De Givenchy Dies At 91

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Doshi's design for Bangalore's Indian Institute of Management was inspired by traditional maze-like Indian cities and temples. Courtesy of VSP hide caption

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'Architecture Is A Backdrop For Life,' Says 2018 Pritzker Winner Balkrishna Doshi

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Erich Berger and Mari Keto have made radioactive jewels, part of their Inheritance Project, that are unwearable by humans — and remain locked in a concrete vault equipped with radiation measurement devices. Courtesy of Erich Berger hide caption

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