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If you plan to see Au Naturel, the current survey of Sarah Lucas at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum, best leave your penis at home. The show has plenty to spare, whether it’s the feminist artist’s Penetralia pieces from 2008, a series of phallus-shaped sculptures made mainly from plaster and wood, or 2013’s Eros, featuring a nine-foot concrete appendage lying atop a compacted car (below). It makes an ideal complement to her Soap wallpaper (above) from 1989 featuring uncircumcised penis heads staring back at viewers like alien cyclopes.
After over 50 years hidden from the public view, three works by one of Britain’s greatest painters are headed to the auction block. John Constable’s (1776-1837) oil landscapes of the British countryside are some of the most famous in the genre, and his works are highly valued in his homeland and beyond.
Posters, in all their various forms and purposes, are a ubiquitous and often over-looked art form. This week in New York, a new museum is opening devoted to their conservation and study. The Poster House, located in Chelsea at 119 West 23rd Street, is the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to posters.
Nat and Corrie discuss the Ancient Egyptian sculpture the Seated Scribe.

Photographer Martha Cooper was taking snapshots in the Bronx for the New York Post one day in the early 1980s, when she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. “I can introduce you to a king,” one of the boys she had been photographing proposed. Cooper immediately said yes.

Hot on the heels of last month’s record-setting auction of Claude Monet’s 1891 Meules, Sotheby’s is hoping for another big sale with his 1908 Nymphéas. Estimated to sell for $31.9-44.6 million, the canvas likely won't touch the $110.7 million record for Monet that Meules set. But water lilies, along with haystacks, are some of Monet’s most famous subjects, and with the market primed for Monet works, the sale could exceed its high estimate.

A stunning Impressionist work from Pissarro’s series of Paris paintings will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on June 19 at the auction house’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale.
His murals have graced walls from Paris to Israel and Ellis Island. Now the world-renowned muralist JR has left his mark on San Francisco for the first time.
Michelle Finamore, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts, explores the rich history of gender in fashion in a tradition-disrupting exhibition, now on view. For a museum whose first curator of contemporary art was not appointed until the 1970s, the MFA’s trajectory into 21st-century collecting has been rocket-like. Gender Bending Fashion seeks to continue this modernization by drawing the interest of communities not usually found wandering the galleries of this august institution.