Magazine article The New Yorker

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Magazine article The New Yorker

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New MOMA, Rube Goldberg, Art as Life Hack

The painter Amy Sherald, who has described herself as “an American realist, painting American people doing American things,” made headlines last year, when her official portrait of the former First Lady Michelle Obama was unveiled. The Hauser & Wirth gallery exhibits her latest luminous, color-washed figures. (Opens Sept. 10.) The Met Breuer surveys the fifty-year career of another American realist, the Latvian-born, New York-based painter Vija Celmins, whose crystalline renderings of night skies, seascapes, and spiderwebs convey the unfathomable mystery of the so-called known world. (Opens Sept. 24.)

The comic genius Rube Goldberg once wrote, “The younger generation know my name in a vague way and connect it with grotesque inventions, but don’t believe that I ever existed as a person.” The Queens Museum reintroduces visitors to the Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrator in the first major exhibition of his work since 1970, the year of his death. In addition to drawings, films, photographs, and related ephemera, there’s an interactive Rube Goldberg machine, created just for the occasion. (Opens Oct. 6.)

Those still mourning the end of “Game of Thrones” may find solace in a Brienne of Tarth-worthy show at the Met: “The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I,” a display of a hundred and eighty objects—many never before seen in the U.S.—that marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of the Habsburg power broker. (Opens Oct. …

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