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Nika Nesgoda hired porn stars to pose as the Virgin Mary, including Stormy Daniels, for her project "Virgin," which explored how the use of prostitutes as models in sacred paintings, such as this "Annuntiatio" by Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi, was condoned by church leadership in the 14th through 17th centuries. Wikimedia Commons and Nika Nesgoda photos
Titian's "Noli me Tangere," depicting Mary Magdalen recognizing Christ after his resurrection, was adopted as a subject by Ms. Nesgoda "as a wildcard," she said. Wikimedia Commons

“Satellite studio meets vacation set up,”
Nathaniel Mary Quinn took a moment to enjoy the scenery at the Mermaid Ranch, where he was in residence last week. Jennifer Landes
Set on the water with floor-to-ceiling windows taking in the harborside view, the Mermaid Ranch has a playful 1970s quality in its furniture and decor. Jeremy Liebman
One of Nathaniel Mary Quinn's works in progress from his time at "the ranch" last week.Donna Augustin Quinn

Bruce Lieberman paints not only landscapes, but everything else that constitutes his world
Bruce Lieberman in his Water Mill studio, filled with large-scale paintings including, below, “Call First – Water Mill Summer,” a portrait of family and friends inspired in part by the work of Renaissance masters. Mark Segal
“Forsythias and Drive,” a view from Bruce Lieberman's studio.
“Blue Eggs and Ham” Bruce Lieberman

By Eric Kuhn
Paul Klee’s paintings had a major influence on the generation of American abstractionists that followed him. Left: Klee’s “Kettledrummer,” from 1940. Right, Robert Motherwell’s “Figure in Black (Girl With Stripes),” from 1947 Zentrum Paul Klee, Smithsonian American Art Museum/Dedalus Foundation/VAGA
Adolph Gottlieb’s “Labyrinth #1,” from 1950.Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/VAGA
Paul Klee's “Young Moe,” from 1938.The Phillips Collection
Mark Friedberg has designed more than 30 films
When designing the apartment of a wealthy art collector played by Bryan Cranston in “The Upside,” Mark Friedberg chose “real art, not movie art,” including Ed Ruscha’s iconic “Standard Station.” Nicolas J. Tarr

Capt. Bruce Beckwith, in the foreground, with Capt. Charlie Etzel, standing, and First Mate Jeremy Gould — three of the Montauk fishermen who work with Dock to Dish to supply fresh seafood to regional restaurants Lindsay Morris
Joe Realmuto, left, the head chef of Nick and Toni’s restaurant, and Sean Barrett of Dock to Dish toting in a catch Jon M. Diat
Rudi Bonicelli, seen cleaning fish, was an original founder of Dock to Dish. Brendan McCarthy

Uniting through stories at the Parrish Art Museum
East End residents gathered at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday to participate in Story Circles, a nationwide event organized by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture in an effort to gather tales and reflect on the current “state of the union.” Parrish Art Museum

Synthesized geometric abstraction with Minimalism and even a hint of the graphic quality of Pop
Left, David Slivka’s daughter Charlotte Slivka, below, and his granddaughter Lily Slivka at the Kathryn Markel Gallery in Bridgehampton Friday night. Right,the artist with his bas-relief sculpture in Berkeley, Calif.
Six untitled ink drawings from Mr. Slivka’s 1970s period.
The Slivka works on paper at the storage site.

“We don’t want the collection to stand alone as a static group of objects.”
Kelly Dennis, the Watermill Center’s public programs coordinator and residency administrator, demonstrated how the center’s library collection functions with its study collection of objects.
A sampling including chairs and artifacts from around the world and different time periods.
Elka Rifkin, top, the Watermill Center director, examined one of the objects in the collection. The library includes both the objects and books kept on site.

“Bronx Justice,” an N.Y.P.D. novel set in 1990s
Bob Martin, who was a Bronx detective during the high-crime years, has used his experiences as the basis for a novel. Durell Godfrey