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The sculpture, known as McJesus, was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen and displayed as part of the Haifa Museum of Art's "Sacred Goods" exhibition in Israel. The piece, seen on display in the museum Monday, prompted vehement pushback from Christians in the country. Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

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A sign posted outside the National Zoo earlier this month declares its closure, along with the closure of all Smithsonian museums. They were all on the wish list for Jill Rorem, whose family plans were undone by the shutdown. But she's not alone: The shutdown's ramifications on the arts have been felt far beyond the Beltway. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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As Shutdown Crawls On, Artists And Nonprofits Fear For Their 'Fragile Industry'

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A bit of lapis lazuli — a rich blue pigment — is trapped within a central tooth's dental tartar on this lower jaw of a European woman who died sometime between A.D. 997 and 1162. Christina Warinner/Science Advances hide caption

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A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa A.D. 1000

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Artist Stephanie Shih remembers making pork-filled dumplings with her family and started her art project by sculpting six of them out of porcelain. She's now made 600. Courtesy of Robert Bredvad hide caption

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Alice Neel painted this oil on canvas self-portrait in 1980, when she was 75. National Portrait Gallery/Estate of Alice Neel hide caption

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'Eye To I' Exhibition Celebrates Over A Century Of Self-Portraiture

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Acclaimed Art Museum Deals With Fallout Over Sexual Assault Scandal

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Coloring Without Borders — a book featuring contributions from more than 80 artists — invites kids to fill in the blanks. Young artists can draw a friend for Jim Field's Squirrel (left) or finish Max Ulichney's house (right). Coloring Without Borders hide caption

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Book 'Without Borders' By 80+ Artists Lets Kids Color Outside The Lines

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Lately, Trevor Paglen has been designing satellites that serve a purely aesthetic function — that is, without military or communications purposes. This draft is the "Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 4)." Courtesy of Altman Siegel Gallery and Metro Pictures. Trevor Paglen/Courtesy of Nevada Museum of Art hide caption

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A promotional balloon — styled after the red, heart-shaped balloon in one of Banksy's famous artworks — floats at the grand opening of The Art Of Banksy show in Miami. WorldRedEye.com hide caption

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This Art Show Doesn't Have Banksy's Blessings — His Fans Don't Seem To Mind

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Ownership of "Statue of a Victorious Youth," a bronze sculpture of ancient Greek origin, is being disputed. An American museum is trying to keep it. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program. hide caption

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