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The 20 best-selling postcards from NYC's top museums

Here are the best postcards, according to people who visit the Guggenheim, the Met, MoMA and the Whitney

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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

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Cool murals take over Dean Street in Brooklyn

Check out these ten works of street art, enlivening the construction site at Pacific Park

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New York's quirkiest museums

Check out these oddities in the city’s strangest and perhaps most interesting museums and attractions

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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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“Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden”

Painting may be a going concern, but it’s still being contested. The writings of critics such as Peter Schjeldahl and Dave Hickey are filled with sentiments like, Painting is alive, just not important, anymore, or, Painting is like jazz, an obsolete genre people still like to play, notions undoubtedly shared by others. If nothing else, this NewMu survey of Albert Oehlen confirms that doubts about paintings’s efficacy have been internalized by its practitioners. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Oehlen was part of the rambunctious Cologne scene of the ’80s and ’90s, whose capo, Martin Kippenberger, led a reaction against German Neo-Expressionism. Oehlen’s approach was to make road kill out of Neo-Ex pretensions: His canvases treat color, gesture and form like messes left by the roadside. He upped the ante by being among the first artists to put digital imagery and printing to canvas, as if to say, Who needs a brush? (A subversion subverted here by eight-byte doodles in black-and-white, meticulously enlarged by hand). Stomping on painting while taking pleasure in it, Oehlen deflects the medium’s naysayers by appearing to join their ranks. —Howard Halle

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“Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld”

Like her better-known colleagues Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) was a key member of the Pictures Generation. Like them, she emerged in the late 1970s to dissect the workings of images—photographs, in particular—within popular culture. This small but punchy retrospective—astoundingly, her first in New York—opens with a room of her early “Stills,” a series of large, cropped and grainy blowups of newspaper photos, capturing people falling from buildings. The serial arrangement of these shocking pictures into a dispassionate typology reveal roots in ’60s and ’70s Conceptual Art, but their charged emotional content and interest in the conventions of media representation mark them as harbingers of Postmodernism. The artist’s best known series, “Objects of Desire” from the mid-1980s, isolates found images against glossy monochromatic backgrounds with matching frames. One diptych, Figures, pairs a bodiless 1940s evening gown with a prone woman mummified in S&M bondage gear, creating a concise feminist critique of Hollywood glamor and fetishism. In later years, Charlesworth began taking her own photos, with arguably even more incisive results. Untitled (Voyeur), from the 1995 series “Doubleworld,” pictures a phallic brass telescope gently penetrating a pair of slightly parted red velvet drapes: a history of vision and optics recast as a wryly gendered send-up. Her last works, the 2012 “Available Light” series, present spare, limpid still lifes on th

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“Robin Rhode: Drawing Waves”

A day at the beach for viewers looking for a break from the heat, these whimsical photographs depict surfers riding “waves” that are actually painted on walls. Another group of images features school kids drawing waves under ships as part of a mural. They use giant blue crayons of the artist’s design.

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"Empty House Casa Vazia"

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, a group of Brazilian artists including Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark gave geometric abstraction a samba beat. Neo-Concrete was their term for rounding over the sharp edges of modern-art rationalism for something sensual and dependent on the viewer’s shifting point of view. As this show of the movement’s founders and spiritual heirs reveals, these ideas are still being explored. How a work changes as you engage it in space was a core concern, one which lent itself more naturally to sculpture. Thus, the closest things to a painting here—Oiticica’s orange-red aggregate of triangular planes, suspended from the ceiling—is a 3-D object that cannot be grasped from any single angle. Similarly, a sculpture made of hinged panels by Clark can be manipulated to assume different appearances. Contemporary works by Marcius Galan and Adriano Costa continue this emphasis on the tentative over the fixed. Neo-Concrete art put Brazil on the map. But it also reminded us that while we think of art as ageless, it remains bound up in life’s fleeting moments.—Howard Halle

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Upcoming art exhibitions

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“Folk Art and American Modernism”

Stylistic borrowings from outsider art have become something of a vogue among contemporary painters, but it is hardly a new phenomenon. Self-taught artists have long exerted a pull on Modern Art, especially in the United States, where folk traditions have played a large role in the nation’s cultural life. Their impact on early-20th-century American art is revealed here, in a presentation of folk art owned by artists such as Elie Nadelman, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Charles Sheeler, along with the works inspired by those objects.

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“Picasso Sculpture”

Picasso trained as a painter, yet his forays into sculpture produced some of the most groundbreaking art of the 20th-century. Works like Guitar, with its open construction of planar forms, and Absinthe Glass, with its addition of a real example of the sieved spoon used to pour the wormwood concoction over a lump of sugar (the preferred method for drinking it), anticipated Constructivism and Duchamp’s Readymade. That fact that Picasso was essential self-taught as a sculptor liberated him think outside the box. This show surveys his career-long engagement with the medium he transformed.

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Joaquín Torres-García

Modern art from Latin American is still underappreciated in the United States. MoMA, however, was a pioneer in promoting modernists from the region, and this look back at the work of Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres-García (1874–1949) certainly fits in that tradition. One of South America’s most important figures, Torres-García developed a style indebted to Klee, Magritte, Míro and Mondrian. His paintings in particular distilled these disparate influences into overall compositions featuring geometric forms and flattened figurative outlines arranged in syncopated patterns. His subjects included cityscapes, which were sometimes reduced to surreal jumbles of glyphs, or empty compartmentalized niches. Surreal and timeless as tomb paintings, Torres-García's work certainly deserve admittance into the MoMA canon.

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Upcoming summer exhibitions

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

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Most popular art stories

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Behold Coney Island's massive display of street art

A who's who of street art has taken over Bowery Street, just off the boardwalk

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See stunning images by Araki, Japan’s master of erotic photography

Araki's show at Anton Kern Gallery examines eroticism within the context of life and death

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Albert Oehlen speaks about his career highlights

Oehlen talks about references to digital technology

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Parreno comments on his most important works

The French artist explains his artistic approach

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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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TWA Terminal building will be turned into a hotel

JFK’s landmarked terminal will be repurposed as the TWA Flight Center Hotel

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Giant Bagels have taken over Greenwich Village and Hudson River Park

The work consists of giant bagels arranged into stacks

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Headed for Mars? Check out what might be on the menu

Two artists are pondering just that in a show at Williamsburg’s Pierogi Gallery

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Jenny Holzer lights up the Botanical Garden

Holzer will intersect with one of art history’s icons

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New York art in pictures

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The top 50 New York photographs

We round up iconic depictions of NYC moments high and low

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Mary Ellen Mark’s best NYC street photography

To honor Mark and her work, we take a look back at her most stunning New York-set shots

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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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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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