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Art galleries, exhibitions and reviews of the latest and best art in New York

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The top five New York art shows this week

Check out our art critic's suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss

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Where to see the best outdoor art this summer

With warm weather finally here, there’s no better time to get outdoors and interact with art

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See photos of the brand new Whitney Museum

Investigate the Whitney’s latest incarnation, boasting 63,000 square feet of space across eight floors in its new home

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Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests” come to Times Square

Times Square will be welcoming a blast from the ’60s past, courtesy of Andy Warhol and the regulars at his Silver Factory

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Lisa Yuskavage previews her latest paintings

Lisa Yuskavage’s newest paintings and pastels take viewers on a love-generation trip back to the garden

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Must-see art exhibitions

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Top art this week

With an art scene as prominent and ever-changing as New York’s, you don’t want to miss these essential exhibitions.

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Time Out's picks

The best art shows in New York, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

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Best free art in NYC

Looking for some free things to do, art enthusiasts? Thought so.

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Current art exhibition reviews

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Bill Jensen, “Transgressions”

Grandeur rubs up against a strange caliginous quality in Bill Jensen’s latest visionary paintings. On the grand side, he’s abstracted details from Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment to distill the artist’s muscular aesthetic in a series titled “Transgressions.” One features a large diptych radiating appendages that appear to explode into flame. Another series has an opposite effect, with compositions almost impossible to read; it’s as if the dark matter pervading the universe suddenly imposed a sense of both menace and stillness. My favorite paintings are two modest, purplish canvases inhabited by blotlike forms in shades of violet and lavender. Each piece has been scraped and attacked with painterly aggression, making their subjects seem wounded and weighty yet still curiously light due to the kitschy overtones of their palette. There’s much beauty in the transparent layering, subtle scumbling and sure command of pigment in Jensen’s larger paintings. Yet it’s his use of purple in his smaller works—the color of bruising, royalty and tacky taste—that impresses the most.—Jennifer Coates

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Review: The Whitney opens its new home with a survey of American Art

A new home purpose-built to kick major institutional ass

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Elizabeth McAlpine

British artist Elizabeth McAlpine is known for her labor-intensive reworkings of appropriated feature footage, but here she weaves her own films and a group of photo-sculptures into a poetic mapping of the urban landscape. Each sculpture consists of a single sheet of exposed photo paper, folded into a simple three-dimensional shape, mounted onto a supporting steel plate with magnets. The images, contact-printed on both sides, derive from rubbings the artist makes of sidewalks. The results would almost be too elegant, if not for the way her photos droop or curl away from their backings. The same subject also stars in McAlpine’s two looped short films. In one, an assistant “plays” the cracks in a sidewalk by dragging a large metal needle (topped with an amplifying cone) along them, like grooves in a record. In the second, McAlpine animates rubbings of pavement, whose textures race past to mesmerizing, abstract effect. McAlpine focuses on her materials’ physical properties—light, paper, magnets, concrete—while taking into account more subjective decisions: where to fold a photograph, where to place a magnet and where to take the next step. —Anne Doran

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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"2015 Triennial: Surround Audience"

As everyone expected, the New Museum’s third triennial of youngish artists—curated by new-media maven Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin, whose own frenetic, extended video selfies were a hit of the first Triennial—abounds with digitized avatars in one form or another. The showstopper, Frank Benson’s seductively hyperreal sculpture Juliana, was rendered from a 3-D scan of transgender artist Juliana Huxtable (whose photographic self-portraits nearby unfortunately pale in comparison). Seen reclining nude on a pedestal, she exudes an exoticism that arises as much from her otherworldly metallic sheen as it does her unconventional combination of sexual features. Yet a nagging resemblance to Jean-Paul Goude’s images of Grace Jones raises unexamined questions about Benson’s work within a history of white artists representing shiny black bodies—and also, why so many artists in the show seem unaware of the wheels they reinvent. Happily, a number of works look outward instead of narcissistically inward. Josh Kline’s room-filling installation, Freedom, centers on a video of an uncanny President Obama, created with face-substitution software, giving the defiant inaugural speech we’d all wished for. Close by, under cell-phone trees with credit-card leaves, life-size Teletubbies in riot gear sport tablet devices playing loops of actual cops reading civilian Twitter feeds, some taken from Occupy Wall Street. Kline’s evocation of aspirational politics, malleable identities and the con

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Upcoming art exhibitions

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Malcolm Morley

Stylistically Morley’s work is located at the vector where Expressionism, Pop Art and Realism meet, a mix that aligns well with his exploration of boyhood’s fascination with war and other testosterone-related pursuits. At 84, Morley hardly views such things critically; he’s more interested in limning the talismans of male memory—tin soldiers, model airplanes, military figures. The last, in the form of Napoleon, Nelson and Wellington, put in especially noticeable appearances in his latest show.

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Cecily Brown, “The English Garden”

Brown made her mark with large quasifigurative, all-over compositions. Heavy on flesh tones and peekaboo sex, they suggested Pollock and De Kooning whirled in a postfeminist blender. The paintings here—assembled together for the first time by writer Jim Lewis—are smaller and concerned with the personal and meditative rather than the carnal.

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"China: Through the Looking Glass"

This exhibition, which is on view in both the Met's Chinese galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center, takes a look at the Middle Kingdom's influence on Western fashion with displays of haute couture and art objects from China.

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"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971"

Before Yoko Ono became inextricably linked with John Lennon—and disparaged as the woman who "broke up" The Beatles—she was an artist, with a career stretching back to the early 1960s. Ono was a conceptual and performance artist, a sincere absurdist influenced by Duchamp and the Fluxus movement. But her delicately minimal aesthetic owed just as much to her Japanese background. This survey—which mostly covers the years leading up to her pop-cultural celebrity—is the first of its kind, and is anchored by her odd, previous association with MoMA: An unofficial show she mounted for herself at the museum in 1971. It consisted primarily of a sign at the entrance, informing the public that she had released flies around the museum. Ono never stopped making her work, which in recent years has been re-introduced to art-world audiences, but his exhibition puts her efforts into historical context.

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Most popular art stories

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Street art show 'Brooklyn is The Future' takes over Bushwick

At the Vazquez building, the Borough of Kings is definitely in the house with works by 40 artists

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A look at the Neue Galerie’s fascinating Gustav Klimt collection

The Neue Galerie and a new film recount the lost-and-found tale of an iconic painting

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A look at artist-legend Basquiat’s previously unseen notebooks

The Brooklyn Museum rediscovers some 160 pages of sketches and poetry by the street artist turned art star

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The 100 best paintings in New York

Leading artists, gallery owners, curators and critics pick the best paintings to be seen in NYC

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Best art galleries in New York

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Best Chelsea galleries

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Best art galleries on the Lower East Side

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Best photography galleries

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Best art galleries on 57th Street

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Latest art news

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New Bowery wall mural goes up with Old Glory and baby Hulk onboard

The image features the Stars and Stripes, with each star overlaid by a skull and each stripe made up as a band of English’s advertising parodies

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Harlem art fair launches the same week as Frieze New York

Frieze New York is hosting its 3rd edition on Randall's Island May 14–17

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Cool off and chill out with water walled rooms and more at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Warm weather means sunny days in the park, green grass, and, at Brooklyn Bridge Park anyway, interactive public art

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Artist renders state pols as New York kitties

Bet you've never pictured a New York politician as a cat

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New York art in pictures

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See photos from Justin Bettman’s amazing #SetintheStreet

Get your photograph taken at this Times Square installation

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See classic photos of the Lower East Side’s ‘90s squatter population

Photographer Ash Thayer’s images of a more Bohemian Manhattan reveal New York life in an edgier time

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NYC’s art world: The Mad Men years

In art as in advertising, the ’60s were tumultuous and transformational.

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A guide to the Italian Futurism art movement

From its radical beginnings to its fascist incarnation, Italian Futurism shocked the world.

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Best museums in New York

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Like the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum is set apart by its unique architecture

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hang out in an Egyptian temple, gawk at period costumes and take pictures on the gorgeous rooftop garden

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum is as famous for its landmark building as it is for its impressive collection and daring temporary shows

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The American Museum of Natural History

No matter which wing you wander through or where your curiosities lie, it’s hard to explore without being awestruck

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