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SandCastle-CalvinSeibertSandCastle-CalvinSeibert082215Calvin Seibert delivered a dose of cubist realism to Rockaway Beach today.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

MummiesAtTheMet1Metropolitan Museum of Art, August 6, 2015

Photograph: Stephen Wise

CheckItDance2015bCheckItDance2015dCheckItDance2015cCheck It Dance Festival: A Celebration of Female Choreographers was held today along the East River, with dance choreographers and companies from around the country.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ZerenBadarTurkish artist Zeren Badar at the opening of Fresh, a group show at Jankossen Contemporary through August 15, 2015,

Photograph: Stephen Wise

JohnMolloyGalleryMelinda Hackett’s Sea Garden paintings at John Molloy Gallery are a riotous, and intensely colorful, blend of natural and fantastic forms — Redonesque, that left at least one viewer feeling rejuvenated.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

StreetArt2015-CorriasIn front of a vacant commercial space on Madison Ave,, artist Roberto Corrias placed one of his works in the hopes of raising spirits and revenue.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

ArtEric Cahan at Benrubi Gallery through August 22, 2015.

Zombie Formalism?

White-NatchezMississippiThe Studio Museum in Harlem announced plans last week for a $122 million expansion of its 125th Street home, to supposedly better meet their needs and deliver on their mission of: ‘fostering and displaying works by artists of African descent’ (NYT 7/6/15). The City of New York is contributing $35.2 million to the project.

An American art museum, receiving taxpayer funding, that discriminates against artists based on race is anathema and should be halted immediately. Such a project is divisive, rather than edifying, for individuals and society — plus it deprives the community of important (society changing) ‘African-American art’ made by white folks, like Margaret Bourke-White.

Photograph: Margaret Bourke-White, You Have Seen Their Faces, 1937

SecretIdentitiesDriscoll Babcock Galleries presents Secret Identities: Suoerheroes and Selfhood, a group exhibition featuring artists whose works address how identity is experienced, constructed and performed (July 9–August 14, 2015).

Artwork: Jason Bard Yarmosky

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Bonhams-Maritime4Bonhams-Maritime2Bonhams-MaritimeBonhams in New York is auctioning Fine Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts on June 25, 2015.

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