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Best art in New York: Critics' picks

Find the best art exhibitions and gallery shows in NYC this week, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

Photograph: © 2018 Successió  Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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Best art in New York: Critics' picks

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Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot, 2019
Hyla Skopitz, courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Art, Contemporary art

“The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot”

icon-location-pin The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park
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Alicja Kwade, a Polish artist who lives and works in Berlin is this year’s recipient of The Met’s annual commission to create an installation for the museum’s roof garden. These projects are perennial crowd-pleasers, as they add a touch of artistic enhancement to the rooftop’s spectacular views of Central Park and the Midtown skyline. Kwade’s approach seems tailor-made for the site, as it usually entails minimalist sculptural ensembles made of glass, stone and metal—materials that give her efforts a luxurious gloss. Kwade often plays perceptual tricks on the viewer as part of her overall interest in deconstructing the philosophical and scientific teachings we rely on to make sense of the world. At The Met, she reaches for the cosmos with a pair of pieces that evoke the Solar System.

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Jackson Pollock, Number 28, 1950, 1950
Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Art, Contemporary art

“Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera”

icon-location-pin The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park
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This ongoing survey of monumental abstract paintings and sculptures begins in the late 1940s, when Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollock stormed onto the scene, and continues to the present with contributions by contemporary purveyors of the genre like Carmen Herrera.  

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Pieter Claesz, Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, 1628
Photograph: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Art, Masterpiece

“In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met”

icon-location-pin The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park
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This re-installation of The Met’s holdings of 17th-century Dutch painting brings together masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, and others in a thematically arranged hanging that presents these treasures from Holland’s Golden Age in a whole new light.

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