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Entrée du port (Entrance to the Port), a previously unknown mural discovered at Paul Cezanne's childhood home in Aix-en-Provence Ville d'Aix-en-Provence / Philippe Biolatto hide caption

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Ville d'Aix-en-Provence / Philippe Biolatto

Emmalene Blake poses for a portrait in front of her mural showing Samia al-Atrash holding her niece Masa Khader, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza in October. Molly Keane for NPR hide caption

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A grieving Palestinian, an Irish artist and the mural that brought them together

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Jada Pinkett Smith's creative life. Matt Winkelmeyer/Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images hide caption

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Props and sets are available to rent at EcoSet in Los Angeles. It's a resource for the creative industry that implements zero waste practices on productions and events. Tracy Nguyen for NPR hide caption

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How Hollywood art directors are working to keep their sets out of the landfill

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This 1970 photograph, Untitled (Model Who Embraced Natural Hairstyles at AJASS Photoshoot) is just one of the works in the Dean Collection on display at the Brooklyn Museum Joshua White / JWPictures.com/ The Dean Collection, courtesy of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. © Kwame Brathwaite. hide caption

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Joshua White / JWPictures.com/ The Dean Collection, courtesy of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. © Kwame Brathwaite.

In her new book Get the Picture, journalist Bianca Bosker explores why connecting with art sometimes feels harder than it has to be. Above, a visitor takes in paintings at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London in 2010. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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How the art world excludes you and what you can do about it

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A man walks near a mural of Handala in the village of al-Fara, in the occupied West Bank, following an Israeli raid on Dec. 8. Zain Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Who is Handala, the barefoot, spiky-haired boy who symbolizes Palestinian resistance?

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Tattoo artist Noemi Barajas applies a stencil onto the arm of her client, Brittany Mena, at her studio in Orange, Calif. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Thinking of getting inked? Start with a tiny tattoo

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Bonus: Janet Yellen on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

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The Prison Reimagined: Presidential Portrait Project exhibition features artwork by incarcerated artists critiquing the U.S. justice system and is on display at President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Singer and composer H. Sinno is bringing a site-specific opera to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur. Derrick Kakembo /The Metropolitan Museum of Art hide caption

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An ancient Egyptian temple in New York inspires a Lebanese American musician

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A cargo ship heads into port on Oct. 13, 2021, in Bayonne, N.J. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Shipping container buildings may be cool — but they're not always green

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Fantasia as Celie in The Color Purple (2023) Warner Bros. hide caption

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Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1958, oil on watercolor paper mounted on hardboard. ShootArt Mobile 1/Copyright © 2023 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko hide caption

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Paintings on paper reveal another side of Rothko

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Rana Samara, a Palestinian artist from Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR Images for NPR hide caption

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Artist in Gaza continues to make art, despite a worsening humanitarian crisis

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Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth which used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Some are turning to them as a method of holiday wrapping. John S. Lander/John S. Lander hide caption

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For more eco-friendly holiday wrapping, some turn to the Japanese art of furoshiki

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Marco Zamora, a 27 year-old interior decorator/design DIY-er, and Juan "El Creativo" Renteria, a 26 year-old floral artist, initially met over Instagram. The floral floating tree in Zamora's apartment is their first collaboration together. Marco Zamora hide caption

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