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Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Joan Miró, the eminent Catalan surrealist painter, born on April 20, 1893.A ...
04/20/2024

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Joan Miró, the eminent Catalan surrealist painter, born on April 20, 1893.

A luminary of 20th-century art, Miró's oeuvre is distinguished by its profound exploration of the subconscious—manifested through a distinctive visual language characterized by vibrant colors, organic forms, and symbolic motifs.

Renowned for his experimental approach, Miró traversed the mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics. His oeuvre is underpinned by a profound philosophical inquiry into the nature of reality and the human condition, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Catalan folk art, Surrealist automatism, and the avant-garde movements of his time.
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Image: Joan Miró in his Studio (Atelier) / 1966 © Josep Planas

As part of Public Art Fund's series "Messages to the Public" (1982–1990) in Times Square, Richard Prince presented "Tell...
04/19/2024

As part of Public Art Fund's series "Messages to the Public" (1982–1990) in Times Square, Richard Prince presented "Tell Me Everything" (1988)—in which he used his 30 seconds of Spectacolor to tell a joke three times in quick succession: “I went to see a psychiatrist. He said, ‘Tell me everything.’ I did, and now he’s doing my act.”

This work took center stage in the bustling environment of Times Square, a fitting backdrop for his exploration of the intersection of art, commerce, and cultural messaging. By appropriating advertising imagery and presenting it in a new context, Prince challenged viewers to reconsider the ubiquitous images that surround them and to reflect on the deeper meanings embedded within them.
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In 2016, the gallery presented its first exhibition dedicated solely to Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Words Are All We Have: Pa...
04/18/2024

In 2016, the gallery presented its first exhibition dedicated solely to Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Words Are All We Have: Paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat," organized by guest curator and preeminent Basquiat scholar Dr. Dieter Buchhart.

Centering on the critical function of language in the work of Basquiat, this comprehensive exhibition illuminated the artist’s pioneering incorporation of literary and musical elements into his work.

Tap the link in our bio to learn more about this show.
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Images: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Oreo, 1988. Photo

Jean Dubuffet was fascinated with exploring unconventional materials and techniques in his practice, often incorporating...
04/17/2024

Jean Dubuffet was fascinated with exploring unconventional materials and techniques in his practice, often incorporating everyday objects into his work. For his “Precarious Life” sculptures, started in the 1950s, Dubuffet utilized the unusual and natural material of sponge, which was then carved and manipulated to create the desired form.

Dubuffet is pictured here with two early examples of sculptures employing sponge as a medium, "Le Duc" and "Saïmiri," at his first exhibition in London at the the Institute of Contemporary Arts in March 1955. This series marked Dubuffet's first attempt at translating his newfound love of assemblage into three dimensions.

See an example from this series in "Dubuffet x Giacometti," opening at the gallery on May 1.
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Image: Jean Dubuffet ©️ 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Harry Todd/ Sringer / Fox Photos / Hulton Archive via Getty Images.

“One day I was walking along the rue de Vanves in the rain, close to the walls of the buildings, with my head down, feel...
04/10/2024

“One day I was walking along the rue de Vanves in the rain, close to the walls of the buildings, with my head down, feeling a little sad, perhaps, and I felt like a dog just then. So I made that sculpture. But it’s not really a likeness at all. Only the sad muzzle is anything of a likeness.”—Alberto Giacometti

Giacometti engaged in daily and nightly walks around the city of Paris, sometimes for hours on end. “In the street,” he said, “people astound and interest me more than any sculpture or painting.” During these wanderings, Giacometti culled inspiration for his sculptures—most famously his sculptures of figures in motion, but also of the animals he would see in the street.

One of Giacometti’s most popular sculptures, “Le Chien (The Dog)” (1951) depicts a skeletal and seemingly downtrodden dog—modeled after the animals Giacometti would see in the streets of Paris. This sculpture will be on view as part of “Dubuffet x Giacometti,” opening at the gallery on May 1.
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Image: Alberto Giacometti, Le Chien (The Dog), 1951. ©️ Succession Alberto Giacometti / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY 2024.

Mathieu Malouf and Brainard Carey on WYBCx Yale Radio
03/13/2024

Mathieu Malouf and Brainard Carey on WYBCx Yale Radio

“I am genuinely trying to make beautiful paintings. Not beautiful by contemporary standards of beauty, but something more atemporal or enduring. My paintings are not anchored in any particula…

Extended through March 20!We’re pleased to announce that we’ve extended TAKASHI MURAKAMI in Gstaad through March 20. Fea...
03/13/2024

Extended through March 20!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve extended TAKASHI MURAKAMI in Gstaad through March 20. Featuring seven sculptural iterations of the legendary Mr. DOB, and the debut of two life-sized figurines of Miss Ko², this exhibition marks the third collaboration between Nahmad Contemporary and Perrotin.

Tap the link in our bio for more information.



©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

Photo by Nachson Mimran

Happy International Women’s Day 💐Today we’re celebrating with a spotlight on French artist Marie Laurencin (1883–1956). ...
03/08/2024

Happy International Women’s Day 💐

Today we’re celebrating with a spotlight on French artist Marie Laurencin (1883–1956). One of the few female artists to gain recognition in the male-dominated era of early 20th-century Paris, Laurencin was known for her distinct style and delicate, pastel color palette. With a painting style that defied categorization, she moved seamlessly between the Cubist avant-garde, q***r literary and artistic circles, and the realms of fashion, ballet, and decorative arts.
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Image: Marie Laurencin, Deux femmes au rideau, 1924. © Fondation Foujita / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2023

Takashi Murakami’s Mr. DOB sculptures are, in fact, visualizations of a play on Japanese words. The name is an abbreviat...
03/07/2024

Takashi Murakami’s Mr. DOB sculptures are, in fact, visualizations of a play on Japanese words. The name is an abbreviation of the phrase “dobozite dobozite oshamanbe,” which is constructed from two Japanese puns.⁠

The first part of the phrase, “dobozite dobozite,” comes from a manga series in which the characters deliberately mispronounce the word “dōsh*te”—which translates to “why” in English—when, for example, they are sad or have been scolded. The second part of the wordplay, “oshamanbe,” is a well-known joke by a Japanese comedian who puts emphasis on the last two syllables of the word, making the word sound like a slang term for female ge****ls. Murakami and some of his friends put these two puns together into a phrase which is essentially meaningless—playing on absurd Japanese humour and Murakami’s long-established interest in finding meaning in the midst of meaninglessness.⁠

TAKASHI MURAKAMI⁠
Presented by Perrotin and Nahmad Contemporary⁠
February 14–March 12, 2024⁠
Tarmak22 at the Gstaad Airport⁠
Oeystrasse 29, Gstaad, Switzerland⁠
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Takashi Murakami, DOB (Rainbow), 2019–2021; Takashi Murakami, DOB (Green), 2019–2021; Takashi Murakami, DOB (Light Pink), 2019–2021⁠
©2019-2021 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

Final days to see TAKASHI MURAKAMI in Gstaad!This exhibition marks the third collaboration between Nahmad Contemporary a...
03/05/2024

Final days to see TAKASHI MURAKAMI in Gstaad!

This exhibition marks the third collaboration between Nahmad Contemporary and Perrotin, following Hans Hartung in New York, 2018 and Georges Mathieu in New York, 2021. On the occasion of the exhibition, Matthieu Jacquet composed a text on the iconic status of Mr. DOB and Michelle Molokotos presented an overview of the evolution of Miss Ko². Read more at the link in our bio.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI
Presented by Perrotin and Nahmad Contemporary
February 14–March 12, 2024
Tarmak22 at the Gstaad Airport
Oeystrasse 29, Gstaad, Switzerland
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Photo: Julien Gremaud⁠
©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

In his current show “Women and Paintings,” Mathieu Malouf explores the challenge and complexity of portraying women in p...
02/27/2024

In his current show “Women and Paintings,” Mathieu Malouf explores the challenge and complexity of portraying women in painting, drawing from iconic representations such as the Odalisque and Édouard Manet’s controversial masterpiece, “Olympia.”

For his work “The Venus of Sardinia” (2023), Malouf depicts a lounging n**e alongside a musician playing a string instrument, reminiscent of the subject that captured the imagination of early nineteenth century Paris.

“Women and Paintings” is on view through March 16 in New York.
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Now on view in Gstaad—TAKASHI MURAKAMI⁠⁠Featuring nine large-scale sculptures, the presentation will illuminate two para...
02/16/2024

Now on view in Gstaad—TAKASHI MURAKAMI⁠

Featuring nine large-scale sculptures, the presentation will illuminate two paramount subjects in the Japanese artist’s oeuvre: Mr. DOB and Miss Ko². Conceived in the nineties during the incipient years of the artist’s career, these two iconic characters form the lifeblood of Murakami’s visual language and have continued to evolve in various forms and mediums over the past three decades.⁠

TAKASHI MURAKAMI⁠
Presented by Perrotin and Nahmad Contemporary⁠
February 14–March 12, 2024⁠
Tarmak22 at the Gstaad Airport⁠
Oeystrasse 29, Gstaad, Switzerland⁠
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Takashi Murakami, DOB (Monochrome), 2019–2021⁠
©2019-2021 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

“Like any anime character, Mr. DOB is a multifaceted icon, frequently transformed to express a variety of emotions. In s...
02/14/2024

“Like any anime character, Mr. DOB is a multifaceted icon, frequently transformed to express a variety of emotions. In some works, its bewildered gaze represents the naivety of childhood, while in others, its spiraling eyes and open mouth, which appears to be belching rainbows, resemble a monster in the grip of destructive madness.”—Matthieu Jacquet⁠

Now on view—TAKASHI MURAKAMI in Gstaad, featuring seven sculptural iterations of the legendary Mr. DOB that Murakami created between 2019-2022. The meticulous, yet sleek industrial production of these sculptures mark Murakami’s commitment to scrupulous ex*****on and advancing modes of creation, as well as his long-standing interest in blurring the distinction between high and low materials.⁠

TAKASHI MURAKAMI⁠
Presented by Perrotin and Nahmad Contemporary⁠
February 14–March 12, 2024⁠
Tarmak22 at the Gstaad Airport⁠
Oeystrasse 29, Gstaad, Switzerland⁠
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Photo: Julien Gremaud⁠
©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

“I started noticing how intensely omnipresent women were in art, and I thought that I probably have something to learn f...
02/12/2024

“I started noticing how intensely omnipresent women were in art, and I thought that I probably have something to learn from that; by trying to paint women, maybe I’ll discover why.”—Mathieu Malouf⁠

“Mathieu Malouf: Women and Penguins” is on view at the gallery through March 16.⁠
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OPENING TOMORROW—“Mathieu Malouf: Women and Penguins”Join us from 5-7 pm tomorrow, January 31, to celebrate Malouf’s fir...
01/30/2024

OPENING TOMORROW—“Mathieu Malouf: Women and Penguins”

Join us from 5-7 pm tomorrow, January 31, to celebrate Malouf’s first exhibition with the gallery. In this recent work, Malouf (b. 1984, Montreal) artfully divides his focus between two distinct subjects: female figures and the flightless, cold-weather bird.
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Nahmad Contemporary is pleased to announce “Mathieu Malouf: Women and Penguins,” an exhibition of new paintings by the F...
01/24/2024

Nahmad Contemporary is pleased to announce “Mathieu Malouf: Women and Penguins,” an exhibition of new paintings by the French-Canadian artist on view from January 31 through March 16, 2024.

In this recent work, Malouf (b. 1984, Montreal; lives in New York) artfully divides his focus between two distinct subjects: female figures and the flightless, cold-weather bird. 

Join us for an opening reception with the artist on January 31 from 5–7 pm.
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Andy Warhol’s “Shadows” (1978–79) has returned to Dia Beacon for long-term view.A single painting in multiple parts, “Sh...
01/17/2024

Andy Warhol’s “Shadows” (1978–79) has returned to Dia Beacon for long-term view.

A single painting in multiple parts, “Shadows” is one of Warhol’s most abstract works, yet one that cohesively synthesizes key elements of his practice, including film, painting, photography, and screenprinting. Originally commissioned by Dia and acquired in 1979 for a solo exhibition at 393 West Broadway in New York, Shadows includes a total of 102 canvases; the final number of canvases on view in each installation is determined by the dimensions of an existing exhibition space.
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Nahmad Contemporary and Perrotin are pleased to present TAKASHI MURAKAMI, a collaborative exhibition in Gstaad from Febr...
01/12/2024

Nahmad Contemporary and Perrotin are pleased to present TAKASHI MURAKAMI, a collaborative exhibition in Gstaad from February 14–March 12, 2024. Featuring a selection of life-size sculptures, the presentation will illuminate two paramount subjects in the Japanese artist’s oeuvre: Mr. DOB and Miss Ko2. This presentation marks the third collaboration between Nahmad Contemporary and Perrotin, following presentations of works by Hans Hartung in 2019 and Georges Mathieu in 2021.

Save the date for an opening reception on February 14 from 11 am–1 pm.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI
Presented by Perrotin and Nahmad Contemporary
February 14–March 12, 2024
Tarmak22 at the Gstaad Airport
Oeystrasse 29, Gstaad, Switzerland
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Takashi Murakami, DOB (Red), 2019–2021.
© 2019-2021 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

“This show emphasizes Laurencin’s vision of a sapphic world without men, which makes it the first of its kind in a major...
01/08/2024

“This show emphasizes Laurencin’s vision of a sapphic world without men, which makes it the first of its kind in a major institution.” —The New York Times⁠

It’s the last few weeks to see the long overdue retrospective of work by Marie Laurencin at the Barnes Foundation—“Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris” closes on January 21.⁠

Read more at the link in our bio.⁠
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In the summer of 1921, Pablo Picasso worked prolifically in an unlikely garage studio in Fontainebleau, France, producin...
12/20/2023

In the summer of 1921, Pablo Picasso worked prolifically in an unlikely garage studio in Fontainebleau, France, producing two striking six-foot-high paintings, “Three Women at the Spring” and “Three Musicians.”

On view at MoMA through February 17, “Picasso in Fontainebleau,” showcases these iconic works alongside other pieces from his three-month stay, accompanied by photographs and archival documents.

Read more at the link in our bio.
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Born on this day in 1866, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a pioneering Russian painter and art theorist known for his ...
12/16/2023

Born on this day in 1866, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a pioneering Russian painter and art theorist known for his pivotal role in the development of abstract art in the 20th century.

Born in Moscow, Kandinsky initially pursued a career in law and economics, but his passion for art led him to study painting in Munich, where he became deeply influenced by the avant-garde movements of his time. Kandinsky’s work evolved through various artistic phases, including Expressionism and Fauvism, before he arrived at his groundbreaking abstract style.

Kandinsky’s influential treatise “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” underscored his belief that art should evoke emotional and spiritual responses through color and form, leading to his creation of bold, dynamic abstract works like “Composition VII” and “Yellow-Red-Blue.”

His teachings at the Bauhaus and his commitment to exploring abstract art continue to inspire artists and shape modern art’s evolution, leaving an enduring legacy in the history of art.
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Image: Wassily Kandinsky with his cat Vaske, 1910-1917

The spellbinding retrospective dedicated to Mark Rothko at the Fondation Louis Vuitton offers a once-in-a-lifetime oppor...
12/15/2023

The spellbinding retrospective dedicated to Mark Rothko at the Fondation Louis Vuitton offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see over 100 of the artist’s masterpieces presented together. Bringing together works from some of the most important international institutional collections, this exhibition traces the entire arc of Rothko’s career—from his early figurative paintings to the abstract works he is most known for today.

Pictured here is a brilliant pairing of the artist’s austere grey and black works with a selection of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti—a “reminder of Rothko’s concern with human scale, intimacy, feeling.”
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Last chance to see RICHARD PRINCE | FREAKS—on view through December 23.The exhibitions marks the debut of Prince’s newes...
12/11/2023

Last chance to see RICHARD PRINCE | FREAKS—on view through December 23.

The exhibitions marks the debut of Prince’s newest series of paintings, along with a large selection of drawings completed in 2022.
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Celebrating Pablo Picasso, born on this day in Málaga, Spain, in 1881.Picasso's talent was nurtured, at an early age, by...
10/25/2023

Celebrating Pablo Picasso, born on this day in Málaga, Spain, in 1881.

Picasso's talent was nurtured, at an early age, by his father who was a drawing professor. He first exhibited his work at age 13, and his passion for modern art led him to Paris in 1900. There, his 1901 exhibition at 6 rue Lafitte catapulted the relatively unknown 19-year-old to international acclaim.

Picasso's extensive body of work—over 50,000 pieces—famously unfolded in distinct periods. His "blue period" expressed melancholy, followed by the vibrant "rose period,” and groundbreaking creation of "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," marking the birth of Cubism in 1907. With Cubism, he challenged traditional modes of art-making, and the movement—founded with Georges Braque in 1909—would shape the future of artistic representation.

Beyond Cubism, Picasso explored both classical and Mediterranean themes, and also addressed violence and suffering caused by world events. Picasso remained a committed artist throughout his life, until his passing in 1973.

This year marks 50 years since the Spanish artist's death. To commemorate the occasion, museums and art spaces across the globe have been honoring Picasso throughout the year. Many of these presentations have been featured on our Instagram—be sure to explore our page for highlights from this past year.

Image: Pablo Picasso in his studio with versions of “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” Credit: Paul Popper/Popperfoto, via Getty Images

“I would like someday to trap a moment of life in its full violence, its full beauty. That would be the ultimate paintin...
10/07/2023

“I would like someday to trap a moment of life in its full violence, its full beauty. That would be the ultimate painting.”—Francis Bacon⁠

Francis Bacon began "Study for Portrait VII" (1953) as a portrait of David Sylvester, an art critic and close friend of the artist. As he progressed with the work, it became a reference to Diego Velázquez’s "Portrait of Innocent X" (c. 1650), a stern depiction of Pope Innocent X in his robes, seated on a gilded chair.⁠

"Study for Portrait VII" (1953) is one work in a series of works in which the figure’s relatively calm expression transforms into a convulsive scream. A recurring motif in his work, Bacon used this image of open-mouthed terror to address themes of suffering and existential torment.⁠

"Study for Portrait VII" (1953) is now on view at MoMA on Floor 5.⁠
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Image: Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait VII, 1953. © 2023 Estate of Francis Bacon / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London⁠

La vie en rose.⁠⁠"La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly," on view at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, includes two of...
10/06/2023

La vie en rose.⁠

"La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly," on view at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, includes two of Cy Twombly's four-panel works depicting roses in bloom. Dripping, flowing color, is combined with Twombly's delicate, spidery handwriting in these two works, which are part of a series of paintings that the artist dedicated to the rose.⁠

This exhibition closes soon on October 22.⁠
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Images: Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008. © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Haydar Koyupinar, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Museum Brandhorst, Munich⁠

"Manet/Degas" is a historic, expansive new exhibition at the Met that explores the fractious personal and professional r...
10/05/2023

"Manet/Degas" is a historic, expansive new exhibition at the Met that explores the fractious personal and professional relationship between Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas.⁠

Through more than 150 paintings and works on paper, "Manet/Degas" provides a new context through which to examine how the artists' personal lives and intellectual circles influenced their artistic and professional choices, deepening our understanding of a key moment in nineteenth-century French painting.⁠

Read more at the link in our bio.⁠
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LISTEN | On the tails of our presentation at Independent 20th Century, and looking ahead to the first major US exhibitio...
09/20/2023

LISTEN | On the tails of our presentation at Independent 20th Century, and looking ahead to the first major US exhibition dedicated to Marie Laurencin in over 30 years at the Barnes Foundation, tune in to a conversation moderated by Julia Halperin with artist Maureen Dougherty, and Cindy Kang and Simonetta Fraquelli, co-curators of "Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris" (October 22, 2023 –January 21, 2024) at the Barnes.⁠

Tap the link in our bio to take a listen.⁠
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Image: Marie Laurencin. Woman Painter and Her Model (detail), 1921. François Odermatt Collection. © 2023 Fondation Foujita / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris⁠

Last day to see "Ugly Painting" 👀⁠⁠We're open today through 6 PM.⁠__⁠Images: Takashi Murakami, Homage to Francis Bacon (...
09/16/2023

Last day to see "Ugly Painting" 👀⁠

We're open today through 6 PM.⁠
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Images: Takashi Murakami, Homage to Francis Bacon (RED + BLACK Triptych), 2018. © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin; Carroll Dunham, Clouds (2), 2018-2019. © Carroll Dunham⁠
Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery; Peter Saul, Woman Artist Painting Three Pictures at Once, 2021. Private Collection. © 2023. Peter Saul / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. ⁠
Courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York. Photos:

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