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Ted Spagna's photographs exist at the intersection of art and science.

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The Rectangular Canvas is Dead

Richard Diebenkorn and the problems of modern painting

You have probably never heard of the young painter Eleanor Ray, but she is a virtuoso, no question about it. She also has a bad case of what I would call the teensies. Frankly, I worry that it may be terminal. Fresh out of graduate school, with a show at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects on the Lower East Side over the winter, Ray brings a tightly controlled painterly panache to her itsy-bitsy glimpses of the view through a window, or some empty shelves, or a bicycle locked to a post.

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The experiments in audio-visual experience gathered together for this small survey of what’s known as sound art are by turns nerdy and prickly, techy and quirky.

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The Degas Wears Prada

Art lovers, beware: Fashion is taking over your museums

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this summer’s exhibition "Punk: Chaos to Couture" endured one of the angriest and most universal critical drubbings in recent memory. An “overwhelming failure,” according to Sasha Frere-Jones of the New Yorker. “A disaster,” wrote Natasha Loder of the Economist.

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The 25 contemporary artists featured in Art Made From Books (forthcoming from Chronicle Books) may use similar materials, but their work exhibits extraordinary range—themes that range from nostalgia and the passage of time, to history and nature, to the boundaries between sculpture, painting, and text. Below is a sample.  

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Tired of the Impressionists? "Impressionists on the Water” at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco will re-awaken your love.

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Jeffrey Deitch embodied the fashion-forward approach to art. Now he's fashion-forwarded himself out of a job.

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"Steel Skyscrapers Reflecting Down"

Alex Ogle's Hong Kong Instagram photography

The Instagram photography of Alex Ogle.

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Spectacle for Spectacle's Sake

James Turrell and the circus at the Guggenheim

Turrell is a minor poet with the ambitions of a megalomaniac.

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Playboy in Marfa

The bunny invades the minimalist mecca

There is nowhere immune from the market and from the marketers, not even the middle of the desert.

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