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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

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

Photograph: © Gerhard Richter 2019, courtesy Museum Ludwig, Cologne
By Howard Halle |

With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Photograph: Courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art, Contemporary art

“Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures”

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West

A giant of 20th-century photography, Dorothea Lange found many of her subjects among the impoverished farmers and sharecroppers eking out a living during the Great Depression. Indeed, her photo of the care-worn face of a migrant mother flanked an icon of the era. Given our political moment, it seems like a good time to revisit Lange's work and its commitment to social justice. This career survey, the first in 50 years, focuses on the relationship between Lange’s photos and texts associated with them, including her photo-essays for Life Magazine, as well as the various books that used her work as illustrations.

Madame d’Ora (Dora Kallmus), Self-Portrait, 1929
Photograph: Courtesy Neue Galerie New York and ullstein bild collection
Art, Photography

Madame d’Ora

Neue Galerie New York, Upper East Side

Lasting from 1919 to 1933, the Weimar period in Germany was known for cutting-edge art that captured the artistic freedom—and decadence—of those years. The same qualities suffuse the images of Dora Kallmus (1881–1963), an Austrian-Jewish photographer who went by the name Madame d’Ora. She became acclaimed for her Deco-style fashion spreads and society portraits, with figures such as Pablo Picasso, Josephine Baker and Collette posing for her. In keeping with the Weimar zeitgeist, her photos were often racy or dissolute in tone. This show is the largest ever presented of her work in the United States.

Rachel Feinstein, Icicles, 2018
Photograph: Jeff McLane, © Rachel Feinstein
Art, Contemporary art

“Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone”

The female figure and its place in art history, religion, fantasy and fairy tales is the primary focus of Rachel Feinstein’s hybrids of painting and three-dimensional form. The feminist undercurrent in her work is given a flamboyant spin with style cues taken from Baroque art, kitsch, and other styles that lean in on theatricality or sentimentality.

Amy Sillman, The Shape of Shape, 2019
Photograph: Heidi Bohnenkamp, © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art
Art, Contemporary art

“Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape”

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West

On view are 75 works from MoMA’s collection chosen by the painter Amy Sillman to elucidate the role of shape in the creation of art. Jasper Johns, Kiki Smith and Marcel Duchamp are among the names included in this selection, which is presented in a kind of modified salon-style installation.

Jordan Casteel, Fallou, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York
Art, Contemporary art

“Jordan Casteel: Within Reach”

New Museum of Contemporary Art, Lower East Side

The figurative painter’s first solo museum exhibition in New York City showcases the indelible sense of presence she imbues to subjects who are often overlooked in life.

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