Surrey NanoSystems, the U.K. company that makes Vantablack, describes it as "a functionalised 'forest' of millions upon millions of incredibly small tubes made of carbon, or carbon nanotubes." Surrey NanoSystems/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Graffiti Education and Mural Arts program in San Diego aims to keep kids off the streets — and maybe even make art like this, an example of the famous chicano artists murals found on a series of freeway overpasses, someday. Don Tormey/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Preventing Juvenile Detention With A Blank Canvas And A Can Of Spray Paint

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Ionel Talpazan's "Fundamental UFO". Courtesy of Henry Boxer Gallery hide caption

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Boyhood Encounter With UFO Inspired Art That Soared Around The World

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The sun sets on Banksy's 'Dismaland' in Weston-super-Mare England. The art exhibit, billed as a "bemusement park," closed permanently on Sunday, Sept. 27. BEN BIRCHALL/PA Photos /Landov hide caption

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A glitched Little Mermaid piece sits in front of a dismal castle as part of the artist Banksy's biggest show to date, titled Dismaland, at Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare, England. Yui Mok/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Henri Matisse's Seated Woman was found in an apartment in Munich. Wolf Heider-Sawall/Courtesy of Art Recovery Group hide caption

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Looted By The Nazis, Matisse's 'Seated Woman' Finally Finds Her Way Home

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A visitor views a replica of Jean-Honore Fragonard's 18th century painting, Young Woman (right) as the original hangs to its left. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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Can You Spot The Fake Fragonard?

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Leza One paints a mural on a wall of Jose de Diego Middle School in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. It's a project that coincides with the citywide Art Basel fair. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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A Miami School Goes From Blank Canvas To Mural-Covered

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Sam Van Aken's grafted fruit trees are still quite young, but this artist rendering shows what he expects the "Tree of 40 Fruit" to look like in springtime in a few years. Courtesy of Sam Van Aken hide caption

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

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Jeff Koons poses in front of one of his sculptures during a media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art on June 24, 2014. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"Untitled" by Mark Rothko, on display before auction at Sotheby's, New York, in May. Does its value stem from its pedigree? Or is it valuable because of its contribution to the ongoing dialog that is human expression through the ages? Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former President George W. Bush says his favorite from among the portraits he's painted of world leaders is the one he did of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. "I painted a gentle soul," he says. George W. Bush Presidential Center hide caption

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