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Top ten NYC subway art installations

Discover the top ten underground art installations across New York City

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The best free art exhibitions in NYC

Culture vultures—discover gratis art exhibitions and gallery shows in our roundup

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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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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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See photos from Justin Bettman’s amazing #SetintheStreet

Get your photograph taken at this Times Square installation

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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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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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Laylah Ali, “The Acephalous Series”

Laylah Ali’s work hasn’t changed much over 15 years, but then it really hasn’t had to: Hers is the kind of signature approach that remains inventive no matter what. Wielding exquisite command of gouaches, watercolors and acrylics, she depicts the fraught relationship between individuals and society as syncopated, friezelike arrangements of characters unmarked by determinants of race, gender or era. Built out of simple shapes detailed with tribalistic markers, they’re left unmoored in empty space, inhabiting a world that’s literally flat—a universe bound, stylistically, by children’s-book illustration, tomb painting and outsider art. Ali’s characters are both alien and immediately recognizable as us, especially in the way their interactions demonstrate who’s in charge and who’s not. As the title of Ali’s latest offering indicates, people and hierarchies alike require a head to function, and the loss of one, metaphorically or otherwise, spells trouble. Previously, she’s conjured scenes of systemic breakdown, but here the focus is on a kind of existential terror, represented by decapitated figures running around like chickens with…well, you know. Their separated noggins don’t roll too far, however; in many instances, they wind up impaled in the center of the torso, transformed into parasitic worms with wriggling tails and alarmed expressions—the fear in the pit of your stomach made flesh. One scene in particular shows these grubs on their own, prostrate in a desertlike purgat

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Charline von Heyl, "Düsseldorf: Paintings from the early 90s"

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Charline von Heyl lived in Düsseldorf, Germany. She was showing her paintings, however, in Cologne, where the scene was dominated by Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen and others. They shared a refusal to create a signature style, an embrace of “bad” technique and a loathing of Neo-Expressionism. As this show of Von Heyl’s compositions from the period demonstrates, these ideas found their way into her work. Nowadays, Von Heyl is known for her eclecticism, but her early paintings show a more consistent approach. Each of the six large canvases here pile up abstract forms and images brushed, sprayed and slathered on in hot and cool colors, earth tones and metallic tints. Flat emblems interrupt painterly fields; patterns trail off while references to Cubism, Surrealism, Polke, Picabia and graffiti mix it up. In one painting, executed in rich browns, pale blues, soft grays and deep yellows, a horse’s behind merges into an elaborate nest of curvilinear shapes, with a flurry of strokes floating above. In another, a stylized figure carrying two buckets occupies the center of a vortex of blues and greens. In a third, black and blue patterns resembling nets or fish scales swirl around a white, green and terra-cotta cartouche that would serve nicely as a logo. These collisions are in marked contrast to the layering of Von Heyl’s later paintings; while her new works hold you at a distance, these scrappier, scruffier creations pull you in and then spit you

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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 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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Kehinde Wiley talks about portraiture and going for baroque

Kehinde Wiley’s brand of hip-hop portraiture blows up at the Brooklyn Museum

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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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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 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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The 10 best art shows of 2014

The absolute best of New York’s art shows and exhibits from 2014.

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NYC’s art world: The Mad Men years (slide show)

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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