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

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Take a look at NYC's top photo shows of summer

We’re bringing the work of some of the best photographers into focus

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Check out these incredible New York street scenes by Richard Estes

Gotham is given an uncanny gloss in these unbelievably detailed paintings by the master photorealist

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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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See Wes Anderson–inspired artworks on view in Chelsea

The Joseph Gross Gallery hosts Spoke Art's "Bad Dads" exhibition this August

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Check out these amazing sandcastles by Calvin Seibert

See the New York artist's most recent build on Fort Tilden Beach

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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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Current art exhibition reviews

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“De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s”

This revival of L.A. artist De Wain Valentine seems to have run into a problem: It’s proven so popular with visitors, the gallery had to hire docents to keep them from touching the work. It’s easy to see why. These works from the ’60s and ’70s are crazy attractive—cast from resins of varying tints, transparencies and translucencies into wedges, cut gemstones, and in some cases, lozenges resembling cough drops or Life Savers. Ranging from small to monumental, they’re literally eye candy. Valentine was part of a SoCal milieu of artists whose works were given the sometimes interchangeable labels of California Light and Space art and Finish Fetish. They shared a similar Sunshine State spin on Minimalism, one inspired by, yes, the interplay of light and space found in the City of Angels: A place that is, after all, in a desert by an ocean where the surroundings appear to melt into a shimmering nexus of land, sea and sky. But these artists were also inspired by the local car culture and aerospace industry, especially sculptors such as Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman and John McCracken. Like Valentine, they created geometrically abstract objects out of plastic, or painted with glossy auto-body lacquer, or both. Rather than stand opaquely before the viewer, works by this group reflected the light in the surrounding space, making them appear there, yet not somehow. That’s certainly the case with the sculptures here, whose presence becomes provisional depending on where you stand. They show

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Santi Moix, “A Moment”

The perfect summer show, “A Moment,” presents new canvases featuring sunflowers, mosquitoes, irises and squids by the talented Spanish painter Santi Moix. Mixing abstraction, figuration and narrative in equal measure, the exhibition fits the gallery’s third—and most intimate—location like a glove. Mosquit II amusingly portrays a gigantic mosquito hovering against a yellow backdrop. Gira Sol depicts a jumbo sunflower on an orange ground, showing traces of another, painted-over compostion. Neither image is realistic in any way: The mosquito flaunts bead-like shapes on its body, while the center of the sunflower is made up of hundreds of tiny, amoeba-like brushmarks. Deep into the Sea, meanwhile, presents a squid morphing into a sunflower, which comingles with other flora on a vivid field of cerulean blue. The latter could be read as either water or sky—an ambiguity that sums up the artist’s cagey, quirky approach to subjects he clearly loves.—Paul Laster

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"Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play"

Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991), the artist better known as Tom of Finland, helped shaped the sexual desires of generations of gay men. Who knew the erotic potential of muscles, mustaches, and tight leather outfits until Tom’s exquisitely finished drawings found their audience? His images lit up countless fantasies with their impossibly humpy, practically pneumatic men engaged in all sorts of exciting and—to judge by their happy grins—enjoyable activities, from the slightly lewd to the fully pornographic. Like another great gay artist, his younger contemporary, Andy Warhol, Tom came from a background in advertising and illustration. And also like Warhol, he eventually cut a wide swath through popular culture as this largest survey of his oeuvre to date attests. The works are hung in a series of corridors set diagonally to the gallery itself like a Platonic ideal of a gay cruising ground. Each space is invisible to the others: We can’t see what or who they hold. Instead of a chronological order, the show seems organized into the chapters of an historical narrative. The earliest pieces, a series of gouaches from 1946–47, occupy a hallway in the middle of the gallery. The men in them look like mail-order catalogue models of the time, but often sport jackboots and uniforms as they engage in various acts of rapey, military-on-civilian (and vice versa) sex. Considering the date, the unabashed nature of these scenes is astonishing, but, coming hard on the heels of World War II, their co

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“Deborah Remington 1963–1983”

As curated by Jay Gorney, this revival of semi-forgotten painter Deborah Remington reveals an artist whose work is as hard to pigeonhole now as it was in the 1960s and ’70s, when she enjoyed a brief flurry of success. Her art is a Gordian know of contradictions: Pop, yet abstract; dark, yet incandescent; flat, yet tonally gradated; machinelike, yet organic. Favoring a crepuscular palette of black, white and gray, along with a color or two, the works read as otherworldly cybernetic nocturnes. In a series of smallish compositions titled “Soot Series,” odd bat-winged forms—each marked with a distinctive carlike grill—hover against murky backdrops, like Cadillacs morphed into UFOs. The automotive theme continues in other images resembling cutaway views of Cubistic engine blocks. Ultimately, however, these compelling paintings defy description. They’re proof of how an eccentric vision can triumph over time.—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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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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Street-art duo FAILE opens a vibrant new show

The artists offer some thoughts on their art, career and upcoming show

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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 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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