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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mariko Mori, "Cyclicscape"

Mariko Mori explores the connections between man, the cosmos and reincarnation. This show, inspired by recent theories of a cyclically renewed universe, includes sculptures and photos. Each of the former, painted to create an otherworldly aura, resembles a Möbius strip, morphing front (representing life according to the artist) and back (representing death). The photos, meanwhile, start as meditative drawings before being digitally transformed and presented in opalescent, cast-acrylic frames. A high priestess of mystical postmodernism, Mori connects us to an ever-changing world that’s forever ancient and new.—Paul Laster

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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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Caleb Considine

Caleb Considine is one of a small group of realist painters in their early 30s (others include Matthew Cerletty, Greg Parma Smith and Mamie Tinkler) who are updating the genre for our era of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. While evincing a clear devotion to the craft, these artists reflect the Internet’s atomization of content, a process that has resulted in the online world’s peculiar equilibrium between specificity and blandness. Considine presents six terrific small paintings, including a self-portrait and an abstraction. The rest depict the artist’s studio: a place of dust, fluorescent light and managed clutter where Considine clearly spends most of his time. Considine shifts, unsettlingly, between painting techniques, often within a single work. A view of a corner of the studio, for example, includes a broom painted in Richard Estes’s hyperreal style, a cement floor and paint-spattered trash can lid rendered in flurries of brushstrokes à la Josephine Halvorson, and an arrangement of shadows on a sheetrock wall treated as a hard-edged abstraction. The perspective is slightly off—Considine paints from life, not photographs—and the picture plane oddly shallow. In another painting of two sneakers propped in a corner and given a blast of blue spray paint, exactingly reproduced by hand, the impression is of an image that once thought of, had to be made. Strangely, the self-portrait, a stylized, blurry picture of a sharp-featured young man with a shadow falling across his e

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Folkert de Jong, “The Holy Land”

Bronzes based on suits of ancient armor belonging to Henry VIII and plastic cases containing figures made of pigmented polyurethane represent the Dutch artist's latest forays into bad-boy baroque.

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Upcoming art exhibitions

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"Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967"

On July 9, 1962, Andy Warhol made his one-person debut at a Los Angles gallery called Ferus, founded five years earlier by curator Walter Hopps and artist Edward Keinholz. It represented the first showing of Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can paintings, an image he became indelibly linked with. Often installed in a grid, they were originally hung in a single line at Ferus, an installation MoMA revives here in its look at Warhol's early years, when he turned the art world upside down.

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"Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television"

This show's intriguing premise is that the early television industry from the late-1940s to the mid-1960s was deeply influenced by Modern Art, borrowing many of its style cues for corporate ID (the CBS's "eye" long); studio sets for game shows, variety shows and news broadcasts; and publications (Warhol's cover for TV Guide, featuring Get Smart's Agent 99).

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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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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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Tour artist Alex Da Corte's haunted house exhibition, "Die Hexe"

Take a digital tour through the eerie rooms of Da Corte's lush, mysterious installation

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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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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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Guess what? Women are still underrepresented in the art world

We know from Patricia Arquette's impassioned acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress at Sunday night's Oscars that women are given the short end of the stick in Hollywood

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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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