Monday Gallery

Stable

Stable, a painting by Derek Fordjour
Stable, a painting by Derek Fordjour, whose work is on view this week at Night Gallery, in Los Angeles.
Courtesy the artist and Night Gallery, Los Angeles

Cedar Moon and Root Moon

Cedar Moon and Root Moon, resin works by Mayme Kratz, whose work is on view this week at Lisa Sette Gallery, in Phoenix.
Cedar Moon and Root Moon, resin works by Mayme Kratz, whose work is on view this week at Lisa Sette Gallery, in Phoenix.
Courtesy the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix

“Migration”

Sally Gall Julie Saul Migration
Migration, a photograph by Sally Gall, whose work is on view this week at Julie Saul Gallery, in New York City.
Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York City

Leaving the Sun and Running Towards the Sun II

Leaving the Sun and Running Towards the Sun II
Leaving the SunandRunning Towards the Sun II,paintings byJohn Krner, whose work is on view this week at Victoria MiroGallery, in London.
Courtesy the artist and Victoria MiroGallery, London and Venice

Matériographie

Matriographie, a photograph made using a toned silver gelatin print with themordanageprocess, by Jean-Pierre Sudre, whose work is view this week in the group exhibition Abstraction at Gitterman Gallery, in New York City.
The Estate of Jean-Pierre Sudre. Courtesy Gitterman Gallery, New York City

“Rangers John and Steven Ukuqtunnuaq and Simon Tucktoo, King William Island”

Rangers John and Steven Ukuqtunnuaq and Simon Tucktoo, King William Island, a photographfrom the series Arctic Front by Philip Cheung, whose work is on view this week at Circuit Gallery, in Toronto.
In this series, Cheung documents the Canadian Rangers, a part-time military unit comprised largely of Indigenous volunteers. At a time when Canadas far north is rapidly warming because of climate change,there is increased international interest incontrol of the Northwest Passagesice-free shipping routes and the abundant natural resources in the region.

“If only (composition for now with detritus) 5”

If only (composition for now with detritus) 5, a photographic C-print from an eight- by ten-inch negative by Amy Finkelstein, whose work is on view this week at Elizabeth Houston Gallery, in New York City.
Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York City

Syrinx

Syrinx, a painting by Jesse Mockrin, whose work is on view this week at Night Gallery, in Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Night Gallery, Los Angeles
Syrinx,a painting byJesseMockrin, whose work is on view this week at Night Gallery, in Los Angeles.
Courtesy the artist and Night Gallery, Los Angeles

Scrapbook

A scrapbook compiled by Virginia Becker, 194143, part of the exhibition Scrapbook Love Story: Memory and the Vernacular Photo Album, which is on view through January at The Walther Collection Project Space, in New York City.
Courtesy The Walther Collection, New York City

Untitled (After Bosch)

Untitled (After Bosch),a painting byCecilyBrown, whose work is on view this weekin the exhibition Where, When, How Often and with Whom,at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art,inHumlebk, Denmark.
Credit:CecilyBrown.Courtesy the artist

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