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Fine Art

In The Background: Art You May Never Notice

Why that unassuming museum art — which you'll find behind taxidermic bison and birds — deserves a closer look.

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The Two-Way

Pantone's 'Orchid' Is A Purple Hue That Doesn't Seem The Same

Radiant Orchid is the new "in" color for 2014, according to the institute, which gave us Emerald this year.

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