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In the city, artists who can draw you in

A cartoonist. A children's book illustrator. A graffiti artist. You can get a closer look at their colorful work at these New York exhibitions.


1. CHARLES ADDAMS'S NEW YORK

WHAT With "The Addams Family" musical now in previews on Broadway, the timing couldn't be better for this retrospective of artwork by the deliciously macabre illustrator who gave his name to the ghoulish family that later starred in a TV series and a movie. But Addams drew many other New York-inspired pictures for The New Yorker magazine and elsewhere; the show features 80 original drawings, cartoons, watercolors and pencil sketches, both published and unpublished.

WHEN | WHERE Through May 16 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.

INFO $10, 212-534-1672, mcny.org


2. CURIOUS GEORGE SAVES THE DAY

WHAT In 1940, illustrator H.A. Rey and his wife, Margaret, fled the Nazis in Paris, carrying early drawings of their mischievous monkey (then named Fifi) with them on bicycles. Eventually they settled in New York, where they wrote more than 30 "Curious George" books. This exhibition contains nearly 80 original drawings of their simian creation, plus vintage photos and journals detailing the couple's flight from Europe.

WHEN | WHERE Opens Sunday (through Aug. 1) at the Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave.

INFO $12, 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org


3. KEITH HARING 20TH ANNIVERSARY

WHAT The downtown New York artist, celebrated for his colorful graffiti-inspired drawings and his ubiquitous "Radiant Baby" character, died of AIDS 20 years ago. This show commemorates the anniversary with a look at his eye-popping paintings, drawings and sculptures.

WHEN | WHERE Through April 3 at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, 544 W. 26th St.

INFO Free, 212-274-9300,

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