Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Influential Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

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Why does there seem to be such a vast space between Etsy and blue-chip virtual auction houses like Sotheby's? Where's the website where you can spend $200 or $2,000 on quality art online? New companies are trying to fill that gap. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Online Art Sites Aim To Fill Gap Between Etsy And Sotheby's

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Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born visual artist who has made her home country's turbulent history the subject of high art. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a retrospective of her work. Above, Neshat's 1999 Rapture Series. Photograph by Larry Barns/Courtesy Gladstone Gallery hide caption

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Artist Shirin Neshat Captures Iran's Sharp Contrasts In Black And White

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Picasso Painting Breaks Record For Most Expensive Artwork Sold At Auction

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Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story. Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs/Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park hide caption

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Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

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Blackbird is about a gay interracial romance set in the deep South. courtesy of blackbirdthemovie.com hide caption

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A Look At 'Blackbird,' The First Film On The New 'Black Netflix'

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Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer Prize

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Sydney Lucas as Small Alison and Michael Cerveris as her father in the new production of Fun Home. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home'

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Jon Stewart's Replacement Is Unlikely Choice For 'The Daily Show'

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BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg admits his underlying assumption that male is the default gender for his characters is "stupid and wrong." Netflix hide caption

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For 'BoJack Horseman,' It Matters If A Cartoon Dog Is A Man Or A Woman

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Michael Graves, Renowned Architect Who Designed Products For Target, Dies

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While Leonard Nimoy became famous as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, he was conflicted about the role. He later came to embrace it. He's shown here with actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. Getty Images hide caption

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He Was, And Will Always Be, Our Friend: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

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Chuck Workman at his editing station in Beverly Hills in 2010, the last year he created montages for the Oscars. Workman says montages today have a less highly edited style. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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King Of Condensed Films: Meet Chuck Workman, The Oscars' Montage Master

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This year's Oscars will be given out at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night. At O'Brien's Pub in Santa Monica, Calif., pub trivia regulars — including many former game show champs — had their own competition, answering harder-than-average questions about Academy Awards past and present. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

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'I'll Take Insanely Hard Oscar Trivia For 400, Alex'

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