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The Birth of the Cool

Soothing abstractions and well-ventilated museums are the perfect antidotes to horrifying humidity.

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  1. 1. “The Abstract Impulse”

    At the National Academy Museum through February 2008

    A visual time line of the museum’s 50-year love-hate relationship with abstract art.

  2. 2. Richard Pousette-Dart

    At the Guggenheim through September 25

    Textured mid-century abstractions by the “action painting” pioneer.

  3. 3. “Peter Young: 1963–1977”

    At P.S. 1 through September 24

    A sizable retrospective of Young’s dizzying curves, dots, and grids.


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