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Jenny Morgan’s honed blend of abstraction and realistic portraiture unlocks new paths to the personalities she paints. In a new survey of the past decade of her work, viewers can see how that sensibility evolved—and how she approaches giving the portrait treatment to celebrities, when commissioned by national publications. The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver hosts this exhibition, which runs through Aug. 27. Morgan created the cover for Hi-Fructose Vol. 39, and she was last featured on HiFructose.com here.

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Inhabiting a vacant industrial warehouse and lot in Los Angeles, the three-acre project The 14th Factory is the brainchild of British artist Simon Birch. Birch and 20 other artists have created 14 linked spaces with paintings, performance art, video art, sculptures, and installation work. A “collaboratively fabricated adventure” is created for visitors and is intended as a foil to the current, divided political and social climate. One room, titled “The Barmecide Feast,” is a replica of a set piece from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

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Korean artist Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the moniker “Ensee,” creates digital paintings that blend pastel hues and the delicate touch usually accomplished with traditional materials. Her illustrations, often depicting obscured faces or longing, youthful subjects, adorn books, publications, and other products.

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Yujia Hu, a China-born chef and artist based in Milan, Italy, uses his culinary and sculptural skills to pay homage to sneaker culture. A former art student, Hu left school to work at his family’s restaurant, eventually taking the reins as a sushi chef. Now, his food sculptures use sushi as the base to emulate products from Nike, Adidas, and more.

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Nadezda’s haunting oil paintings are studies in both order and chaos, as the artist’s fluid renderings blend intricate and abstract embellishments. A new show at Haven Gallery in Long Island, titled “Fly-By-Night,” meditates on femininity in this style. The show starts June 1 and lasts through June 18.

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English painter Mary Jane Ansell creates work that both subverts gender roles and pays homage to the history of portraiture. In a new show at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, “Of Dreams, Birds and Bones,” she offers a series of paintings that evolves these ideas. The show kicks of June 10 and lasts through July 8. Ansell was last featured on HiFructose.com here.