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Welcome to Art Beat!

Welcome to Art Beat, a new blog covering news, issues and events in art and entertainment, brought to you by NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown and NewsHour reporters.

Tonight on the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown reports on the New Orleans' efforts to rebuild its art scene and its tourist industry through Prospect.1, an exhibition of contemporary art billed as the largest of its kind ever held in the United…

Since the release of his first novel, "The Yacoubian Building," in 2002, Alaa al Aswany has catapulted from being a dentist with a literary bent to the Arab-speaking world's best-selling fiction writer.

The work of great painters is typically thought to have come from the skill of their own hand. But for Sol LeWitt, the ideas behind the art mattered most, and those were to be shared, even replicated.

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