Spearheaded by John Yau, Thomas Micchelli, and Albert Mobilio

Samuel T. Adams,

The Fitzroy Gallery on the Lower East Side has gathered together four like-minded artists for an exhibition that appears to stem from a Casualist approach, but a closer look quickly complicates the picture.

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Philip Guston,

It’s a display of mostly gallery artists, perfunctorily titled Fall 2014 Group Show and hung without an apparent organizing principle. There isn’t even an official closing date.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on September 28, 2014

In her series Mag + Art, Phillipines-based multimedia producer Eisen Bernardo photoshops contemporary magazine covers onto European Old Master paintings

This week, magazine covers and Old Masters, arts funders, perfect writers, economics of art books, the case against Houston art fairs, why books are banned, and more.

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Weekend Words: Contagious

by Weekend Editors on September 28, 2014

Nicolas Poussin,

The Ebola epidemic continues unabated.

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Magnum Opus Cycnorum

by Lucas Fagen on September 28, 2014

The Swans,

Swans, led by one Michael Gira, are the only band around right now to combine the abrasive militancy of classic American noise rock with mind-boggling avant-garde imagination.

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Angela Dufresne,

In the foreground of the painting, “Dwarf, Goat, Woman, Man and Head” (2014), a young woman in a striped red and blue bikini is standing in a forest, where it has recently snowed, multitasking. She cradles a decapitated head in the crook of her left arm, while, with her right hand, she is about to push down on the head of a naked dwarf with an erection standing beside her.

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Richard Whitten,

Richard Whitten’s paintings are provoking. They refuse to act entirely like paintings but are exceedingly not sculpture. They baffle you with titles in French, German, and Italian, optical illusions, and spatial inconsistencies rendered with mathematical precision.

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Vilaykorn Sayaphet,

It’s great to look at something that makes the experience of looking seem more important than the need to explain what you saw. Vilaykorn Sayaphet’s exhibition Latmanikham & Thongsy at English Kills Gallery offers just such an opportunity.

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Beer with a Painter: Todd Bienvenu

by Jennifer Samet on September 27, 2014

Todd Bienvenu,

Todd Bienvenu’s studio is filled with stacks: art books on the floor, paintings leaning against the wall. Bienvenu’s work deals with omnivorous appetites – for company, pleasure, fun, music.

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Post image for Strangely Familiar: The Art of the Chinese Album

The Art of the Chinese Album, the outrageously beautiful exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, chronicles nearly 800 years of variations on a hybrid theme: painting and the book, fused into cinematically sequenced images, a meditative synthesis that speaks to our cultural disarray with startling immediacy.

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