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Kacey Musgraves, Ouroboros 

by Lucas Fagen on August 22, 2015

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“I ain’t pageant material,” declares country songbird Kacey Musgraves on the title track to her new album, but the song’s too pretty, too demure, too well-mannered.

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I Is an Other: The Mail Art of Ray Johnson

by Tim Keane on August 22, 2015

Ray Johnson in his Suffolk Street apartment, 1967

Ray Johnson disappeared near Sag Harbor just over twenty years ago. But if we refer to the artist by the art, he’s still among us.

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Justine Hill,

Terminology is slippery, and using it as the premise for an exhibition can be slipperier still. But the concept underlying Metamodern, a group show at Denny Gallery on the Lower East Side, actually holds the potential to enrich an already strong array of works with a few additional, if speculative, layers of meaning.

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LISBON — Even as she was the subject of the exhibition The Sacred and the Profane in 1997 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, I had never heard of the Counter-Reformation Baroque (and Bodegón) painter Josefa de Óbidos (1630–1684), before a trip to Lisbon.

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“I think I can paint anything,” says Wolfgang Beltracchi, the infamous German art forger, in Arne Birkenstock’s documentary Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery.

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Galleries

An Artist’s Hard-Earned Dream Drawings

by Rob Colvin on August 20, 2015

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HUDSON, N.Y. — One of the worst things an artist can have is too much skill.

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“The house was more than a skin … an organism as alive as our own,” Lygia Clark wrote.

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Molly Soda is an art darling of a generation that grew up with the internet as a constant companion.

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A giant, beautifully hand-carved, wooden prayer wheel has appeared in the heart of Times Square, courtesy of Brooklyn-based artist duo FAILE.

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Annie Baker’s style could not be more different from that of Hamilton: her plays are long, light on plot, spoken not sung, full of lengthy pauses.

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