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That title is reserved for Rajaa Gharbi, who told me yesterday that the U.S. State Department has selected not one but three of her paintings for its official diplomatic calendar. The calendar has only one distribution venue, she added: It goes out in a printing of 20,000 to be used as an official gift by U.S. Ambassadors and other American Embassy diplomats for members of the international diplomatic community and host country nationals. The image at right is one of the three chosen to represent American diplomacy abroad, and it's called Migrations.

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Now I'm curious about what the rest are. Are they all abstract? Governments love abstractions for their openness—they can be made to mean, or not mean, pretty much anything.

*This post has been updated.