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Aug. 6, 2007 

Too hot to go outside? Stuck at your desk? Everything closed anyway? Check this out:

* Sherrie Levine, one of the original Appropriation artists of the Postmodernist 1980s, has turned her famous "interrogation of the original" into an encyclopedic undertaking, making bronze casts of Georgia O’Keeffe-like animal skulls (much in demand at Art 38 Basel) as well as abstract color grids inspired by Paul Cézanne, among other works. For details, see James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe.

* The Santa Fe sensibility -- there’s something about summer that makes a person think of the Southwest desert. Margaret Fisher’s watercolors from El Cuevo in the 1930s are on view at Aaron Payne Fine Art in Santa Fe, while Paul Van Ginkel’s paintings of the earlier time of the Native American go on display at McLarry Fine Art there.

And the Hopi tapestry artist Ramona Sakiestewa is showing her new works, which combine modern and traditional methods, at LewAllen Contemporary, also in Santa Fe.

* The first "virtual exhibition" of early works by Edward Hopper is currently on view at the Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art in Allentown, Pa. Prices are included in the online listings.

* Warhol vs. Banksy? Now that’s a battle royal. Warhol has Marilyn, Banksy has Kate Moss. Both artists did the Queen of England. The showdown is being staged by Pollock Fine Art in London

* One of the many new galleries on Artnet is the Ayyam Gallery in Damascus, Syria, directed by Myriam Jakiche. Paintings, photos and sculpture by 23 Syrian artists are pictured.

* Several new design galleries have come on board, including Converso in Chicago, a design gallery with a fantastic web inventory, including a pair of Paul Evans coffee tables, and Viaduct Furniture in London, which boasts a 1992 pylon chair by Tom Dixon as well as pieces by Salvador Dalí, Marc Newson and Shiro Kuramata.

* New Yorkers going out to the East End, or just dreaming of the trip, can visit Karin Sanders Fine Art in Sag Harbor. Currently on view is a show of photographs by Paul Ickovic, titled "On Women."

Nearby in East Hampton is Harper’s Books, a rare bookstore and gallery directed by Harper Levine, with an inventory that ranges from Nobuyoshi Araki’s Yoko My Love (1978) to Garry Winogrand’s Women Are Beautiful (1975).

* New collectors love the benefit art sales put on by the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), which feature signed original works by contemporary artists at budget prices. The next sale is scheduled for Aug. 8 at Barney’s Co-op on West 18th Street in Manhattan. For details, click here.

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