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Art, Monday Gallery — October 2, 2017, 11:46 am

Calypso Bay

Calypso Bay, a painting by Gustavo Ramos Rivera, whose work is on view this week at William Turner Gallery, in Santa Monica, California. Courtesy the artist and William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Art, Monday Gallery — September 25, 2017, 12:04 pm

Drifting on a Memory

A painting by Yorgo Alexopoulos, whose exhibition Drifting on a Memory is on view this week at Gallery Wendi Norris, in San Francisco. Courtesy Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

Art, Monday Gallery — September 18, 2017, 12:08 pm

George, Paw Paw, WV

“George, Paw Paw, WV,” a photograph by Lisa Elmaleh, whose work is on view this week at the White Room Gallery, in Thomas, West Virginia. Photographs by Elmaleh from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, can be viewed in “All Over This Land,” a Forum about local politics in the age of Trump in the October issue of Harper’s Magazine. Courtesy the artist. 

Art, Photography — September 12, 2017, 5:48 pm

Volunteer Army

On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas. The Category 4 tropical cyclone caused widespread flooding in the greater Houston area, killing at least seventy people and driving 30,000 from their homes. On September 3, photographer Balazs Gardi followed an armed group of local volunteers as they delivered supplies to flood victims in the rural towns of Vidor and Mauriceville. View photos…

Art, Monday Gallery — September 11, 2017, 11:12 am

Procedure of Manufacturing a Void

An untitled photograph from the series Procedure of Manufacturing a Void, by Mikiko Hara, which will be on view as part of the exhibition Mikiko Hara: In the Blink of an Eye, 1996–2009, opening Thursday at MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, New York City. © The artist. Courtesy MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, New York City

Art — September 6, 2017, 11:33 am

Lacs de Montagne

Lacs de Montagne, engraving, etching, aquatint, and drypoint, by Louise Bourgeois, which will be on view as part of the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, from September 24, 2017, to January 28, 2018. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Gift of the artist. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York City

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