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Photo: Gas tank tree

A rainforest “grows” in a former industrial colossus in this German art exhibit.


A 400-year-old monarch visits himself at the Met

The performance art group Improv Everywhere celebrated the restoration of a prized painting by having the subject — a 17th-century Spanish king — pay a visit to himself.


‘A History of the Future’: Capturing the world to come

Through haunting landscape photos, the Canary Project shows glimpses of the world to come, transformed with the changing climate.


  Photographing the world to come

This series, says photographer Susannah Sayler, documents the beginning of what is to come if climate change is allowed to progress unchecked.


Taking aim: Highlights from Art Basel

From the black market of Bogota where guns are currency to the fractured political “puzzle” of Israel, here are five standout works of social commentary found amid the array of dazzling art at Art Basel in Miami.


The art of Guy Bourdin

A new book and exhibit revisit the legacy of a master photographer. Samuel Bourdin, the artist’s son, spoke with Need to Know for this audio slideshow.


Photo: Above and beyond

Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.


  An ocean of plastic

Plastic from around the world converges in a whirling gyre known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Nowhere is the impact of this floating landfill clearer than on the Midway Atoll, where albatross go to nest.

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