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The top five New York art shows this week
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The top five New York art shows this week

Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including gallery openings and more

Best exhibitions, current and upcoming, at the Guggenheim Museum
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Best exhibitions, current and upcoming, at the Guggenheim Museum

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The best current and upcoming MoMA exhibits
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The best current and upcoming MoMA exhibits

Check these must-see shows at the Museum of Modern Art

Last chance to see NYC art exhibits closing soon
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Last chance to see NYC art exhibits closing soon

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Artist B. Wurtz plants pots and pans as "Kitchen Trees" at City Hall Park
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Artist B. Wurtz plants pots and pans as "Kitchen Trees" at City Hall Park

B. Wurtz rummages in the cupboard for his largest ever work

Must-see art exhibitions

The top five New York art shows this week
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The top five New York art shows this week

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

Time Out’s picks
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Time Out’s picks

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

The best free art exhibitions in NYC
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The best free art exhibitions in NYC

Discover New York City’s top free art exhibitions and gallery shows in our roundup of critic’s picks

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Current art exhibition reviews

Steve Locke, “#Killers and Family Pictures”
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Steve Locke, “#Killers and Family Pictures”

Steve Locke exposes the banality of racist evil

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
“Marguerite Humeau: Birth Canal”
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“Marguerite Humeau: Birth Canal”

Marguerite Humeau’s work is an amalgam of abstraction and representation, science and art

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Review: David Wojnarowicz at the Whitney Museum
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Review: David Wojnarowicz at the Whitney Museum

Wojnarowicz was a firebrand who raged against American society

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Five everyday sculptures you see in NYC, explained
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Five everyday sculptures you see in NYC, explained

Ever wondered what's the story behind NYC's ubiquitous outdoor monuments

Check out the top 25 sculptures at MoMA
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Check out the top 25 sculptures at MoMA

Take our tour of the works that wrote the book on modern and contemporary art in 3-D

The 100 best paintings in New York
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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

New York’s quirkiest museums
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New York’s quirkiest museums

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

Best art galleries in New York

The best Chelsea art galleries
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The best Chelsea art galleries

The best Lower East Side art galleries
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The best Lower East Side art galleries

Best photography galleries in NYC
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Best photography galleries in NYC

The best Brooklyn art galleries
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The best Brooklyn art galleries

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Latest art news

A 26-foot-high rose sculpture is now blooming in Zuccotti Park
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A 26-foot-high rose sculpture is now blooming in Zuccotti Park

Sometimes a rose is just a rose, but in the case of an outdoor art project on view in FiDi's Zuccotti Park, a rose is a 26-foot-tall sculpture made in painted steel. The piece comes courtesy of German artist Isa Genzken, whose career was the subject of a major 2104 retrospective at MoMA. Weighing in at 1,000 pounds, Rose III, as it's called, was unveiled on the seventh anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's takeover of the park, which is privately owned by Brookfield Properties. Genzken works in a wide range of mediums, but giant flowers have been something of an obsession for her: A similar rose sculpture was installed on the New Museum's facade from 2010 to 2013, while a pair of gargantuan white orchids (rising to 28 and 34 feet respectively) stood at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in front of Central Park during the spring and summer of 2016. As for Rose III, it remains on long term loan for now, meaning it will probably be in bloom well into winter.

A 16-foot-tall bust of a black woman inaugurates the High Line’s exciting new public art venue
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A 16-foot-tall bust of a black woman inaugurates the High Line’s exciting new public art venue

This week, the High Line announced its inaugural project for its new, upcoming public art venue, the Plinth: A 16-foot-tall bronze bust of a black woman by artist Simone Leigh. Titled Brick House, the sculpture takes it title from the 1977 Motown hit by the Commodores, and portrays its subject as a monumental head, crowned with an afro wreathed in braids, surmounting a domed shaped decorated with elongated ridges.     Photograph: James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy the City of New York       Leigh's sculpture could be described as a kind of homage to the strength and fortitude that African-American women have displayed in the face of adversity throughout American history, from the travails of slavery to the Black Lives Matter protests of today. It also represents the largest addition so far to the artist's ongoing "Anatomy of Architecture" series, in which elements of the human body are paired with forms evoking houses and other structures from the Old South and various regions in Africa.         Leigh, 50, is only now starting to garner worldwide acclaim for a body of work in several mediums (sculpture, video and installation) that focuses on the intersectionality of feminism and African-American identity, and how both relate to built environments that serve as expressions of political and economic power.   Photograph: James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy the City of New York       Brick Ho

A giant mural of a firefighter was unveiled in midtown on 9/11
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A giant mural of a firefighter was unveiled in midtown on 9/11

Photograph: Courtesy Ben Lau (@just_a_spectator) Renowned Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra has unveiled another soaring mural in New York. Following up on his split-faced Michael Jackson in the East Village and combined profiles of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi in Chelsea, the artist has moved in a more symbolic direction for his latest work: a seven-story kneeling firefighter meant to pay tribute to lives lost on 9/11. The new piece, which Kobra referred to as “the braves of 9/11” on his Instagram, has completely transformed a formerly blank wall located at 780 Third Avenue in Midtown East. The mural depicts a brightly-colored firefighter, mirroring the artists’ other murals, in front of an American flag. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ɹoʇɐʇɔǝds (@just_a_spectator) on Sep 5, 2018 at 8:57pm PDT “In the specific case of this mural, I am paying homage to the firemen who fought bravely that day. At the same time, I believe that this image also symbolizes our lament for all the lives that were harvested,” Kobra said in a statement provided to Time Out New York. “The image contains details that allude to the historical episode. On the helmet, I wrote the numbers 343. This is a reference to the number of firefighters killed that day. There is also a representation of the Twin Towers, and the flag of the United States. The stars represent all the lives that were lost in the tragedy—which left nearly 3,000 dead. Lastly, th

Street artist Kobra just dropped his latest mural—a tribute to Gandhi and Mother Teresa
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Street artist Kobra just dropped his latest mural—a tribute to Gandhi and Mother Teresa

A post shared by Eduardo Kobra (@kobrastreetart) on Aug 19, 2018 at 2:36pm PDT Fresh off the unveiling of his East Village mural depicting Michael Jackson, renowned Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra is at it again with another project done in his signature, harlequin-pattern, technicolor style. Painted on the side of a building on 18th Street and Tenth Avenue in Chelsea, the three-story image features the profiles of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi, facing each other in a tribute to their roles as two of the world’s greatest humanitarians. Gandhi, of course, led India in its quest for independence from British rule by pursuing a campaign of non-violence that was later emulated by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther during the Civil Rights movement. Mother Teresa, meanwhile, won the Noble Peace Prize, and was granted sainthood by the Catholic Church, for her work ministering to the poor of Calcutta. Gandhi and Mother Teresa are just some of the famous personalities from history and pop culture that Kobra has immortalized in murals around the world, a roster which includes Anne Frank, Tupac, Neil Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, Bob Dylan—and Yoda. Though he's created projects from Mumbai and Malawi to Moscow and Minneapolis, the New York City area has always been one of his favorite places to work: Besides this latest project and the one involving Michael Jackson, he put up a monumental mural last year on a Jersey City high-rise that celebrated David Bowie in character as Z

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New York art in pictures

The top 50 New York photographs
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The top 50 New York photographs

We round up iconic depictions of NYC moments high and low

Mary Ellen Mark’s best NYC street photography
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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

See photos from Justin Bettman’s amazing #SetintheStreet
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See photos from Justin Bettman’s amazing #SetintheStreet

Get your photograph taken at this Times Square installation

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

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

Best museums in New York

Whitney Museum of American Art
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Whitney Museum of American Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The American Museum of Natural History
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The American Museum of Natural History

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