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“Figures on the Pier, Positano, Italy, 2018”

“Figures on the Pier, Positano, Italy, 2018,” a photograph by Allen Frame, whose work is on view through August 16, at Gitterman Gallery, in New York City.
Courtesy the artist and Gitterman Gallery, New York City

Cutting Squash

Cutting Squash (Leah Chase), a painting by Gustave Blache III, whose work was on view last week as part of the exhibition In Memoriam: Leah Chase, at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington. Leah Chase, nicknamed the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” was a world-renowned chef who championed civil rights and counted among her restaurant’s patrons Martin Luther King Jr.
© The artist. Courtesy the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of the artist in honor of Mr. Richard C. Colton, Jr.

“Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards, 1975”

“Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards, 1975,” photographs by Mike Mandel, whose work is on view through August 18 in the exhibition Among Others: Photography and the Group at the Morgan Library and Museum, in New York City.
© The artist. Courtesy the artist; Robert Mann Gallery, New York City; and the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City. Purchased as the gift of Jane P. Watkins

“April Garden”

“April Garden,” a photograph by Didier Massard, whose work is on view through July 24 as part of the exhibition 19 Years at 535 at Julie Saul Gallery, in New York City.
“April Garden,” a photograph by Didier Massard, whose work is on view through July 26 as part of the exhibition 19 Years at 535 at Julie Saul Gallery, in New York City.
Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York City

The Paradise of Others

The Paradise of Others, a mixed-media artwork by María Berrío, whose work is on view through August 24th at Kohn Gallery, in Los Angeles.
Courtesy the artist and Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles

“Untitled”

Pearl, a Broad-Breasted White turkey, aged seven, who fell off a truck in New York City that was headed to a live market.
Pearl, a Broad-Breasted White turkey, aged seven, who fell off a truck in New York City that was headed to a live market. A photograph by Isa Leshko, from her book Allowed to Grow Old, published in May by the University of Chicago Press.
Courtesy the artist and University of Chicago Press

Melissa Sleeping

Melissa Sleeping, a painting by Terry Powers, whose work is on view at Guerrero Gallery, in San Francisco.
Melissa Sleeping, a painting by Terry Powers, whose work is on view this week at Guerrero Gallery, in San Francisco.
Courtesy the artist and Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco

Swimmers, 2019

Swimmers, 2019, a painting by Anna Bjerger, whose work is on view this week at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, in Copenhagen.
Swimmers, 2019, a painting by Anna Bjerger, whose work is on view this week at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, in Copenhagen.
Courtesy the artist and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen

The Gay Liberation Front marches on Times Square, New York, 1969.

The Gay Liberation Front marches on Times Square, New York, 1969. A photograph by Diana Davies, whose work is on view through July 13 as part of the exhibition Love and Resistance: Stonewall 50, at the New York Public Library.
The Gay Liberation Front marches on Times Square, New York, 1969. A photograph by Diana Davies, whose work is on view through July 13 as part of the exhibition Love and Resistance: Stonewall 50, at the New York Public Library.
Courtesy the New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division

“Diner, Elizaville, New York, 2017”

"Diner, Elizaville, New York, 2017," a photograph by Tema Stauffer, whose work is on view this week at Tracey Morgan Gallery, in Asheville, North Carolina.
“Diner, Elizaville, New York, 2017,” a photograph by Tema Stauffer, whose work is on view this week at Tracey Morgan Gallery, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Courtesy the artist and Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

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