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The elaborately tiled City Hall subway station in New York City — still extant but now closed to the public, alas — used the Guastavino touch to convince wary city dwellers to head underground for a train trip. Michael Freeman/National Buildling Museum hide caption

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How One Family Built America's Public Palaces

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When Sculpting Cedar, This Artist Is Tireless And Unsentimental

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Presidential Libraries Inspire Design Of George W. Bush Center

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A portrait is projected on the walls of a building as part of a project promoting art through re-evaluating urban spaces and buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 22. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Gritty Sao Paulo, Artists Take To The Streets

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Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an arts program that serves the neighborhood of Ward 7 in Washington, D.C. Boys work with mentors to create works of art. Lizzie Chen /NPR hide caption

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In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys' Lives Into 'Masterpieces'

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Left: One of Piet Mondrian's grid-like color block compositions. Right: Caitlin Freeman's cake homage. Art 2013 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA/Reprinted by permission from 'Modern Art Desserts' hide caption

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"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness." Asa Mathat/TED hide caption

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Are We Hard-Wired For Beauty?

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In director Gilles Bourdos' biopic Renoir, Christa Theret plays Andree Heuschling, who served as a muse for both the aging Impressionist master and his young filmmaker son. Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Painting 'Renoir' In Finely Detailed Strokes

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American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

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Trying To Preserve What's Left Of Manhattan's Little Syria

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