Shabazz Palaces: Fast Learner

Shabazz Palaces (Ishmael Butler aka Palaceer Lazaro and Tendai “Baba” Maraire) return with their first new music in three years, and it’s as psychedelic and experimental as fans have come to expect from the alternative hip-hop duo. From The Don of Diamond Dreams comes “Fast Learner,” a galumphing, steamy, ’80s-influenced tune that features vocals from Purple Tape Nate. The album also features cameos by Darrius …

Two Galleries Chart the Development of Painting as Art

As figuration finds its relevancy again in painted art, two galleriesthat have been stalwarts in exhibiting the medium since 1998are demonstrating that its re-found popularity is, in part, due to younger generations’ iterations of the style. The exhibit, “Painting: Now and Forever, Part III,” is “museum-scale,” according to The New York Times’ Roberta Smith, but “this show is organized with a minimum of what could …

Ruvan Wijesooriya: Explore the Expansion of Space

The talented photographer takes a meditative approach to a series of abstract images shot around the Yucatán Peninsula

If Mick Rock is the “the man who shot the ’70s,” consider Ruvan Wijesooriya the guy who snapped the aughts. You might know him as the official lensman behind the book “LCD” or the photographer who captures fashion editorials for major magazines, but there’s a quieter side to the artist as well. This is made abundantly clear in his new series, “Explore the Expansion of …