Editors’ Picks: 12 Art Events to See in New York This Week
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Through Saturday, April 23:
1. William Wegman, “Postcard Paintings” at Sperone Westwater Gallery
William Wegman may be best known for his photographs featuring Weimaraners, but his skill as a painter is on full display in Nolita. The artist, an avid collector of vintage postcards, uses them as the focal point of inspiration at Sperone Westwater, vastly expanding on scenes ranging from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to a salon-style lesson in art history. Wegman copies and expands on the imagery in each card to build an entrance into an entirely new world.
Location: 257 Bowery
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
Through Sunday, May 22:
2. Group Show: “So Much, So Little, All at Once” at Regina Rex Gallery
This group show at Regina Rex gallery, tucked between Chinatown and the Lower East Side, features a wealth of works by eleven artists, including Mike Cloud, Melissa Brown, and EJ Hauser.
Max Warsh, an artist and one of the gallery’s founders, told artnet News that the exhibition, whose press release contains curator Yevgeniya Traps’ poem involving Her Highness Marianne Faithfull, is dedicated to “materiality and figuration.”
Location: 221 Madison Street
Time: 12:00–6:00 p.m., Thursday–Sunday
Wednesday, April 20:
3. Artist Talk: Jeff Koons in Conversation with Glenn Fuhrman at the FLAG Art Foundation
On the occasion of FLAG’s current group exhibition, “Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray” (through May 14), the foundation’s founder, Glenn Fuhrman, will chat with artist Jeff Koons on the show’s “themes of youth, nostalgia, and intimacy,” and the “jarring disconnect between innocence and subversion,” according to the event description.
Location: 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor
Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 21:
4. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz in conversation with Patricia Gherovici at the New Museum
As the artist’s first solo exhibition at a New York museum launches, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz will speak with psychoanalyst Patricia Gherovici about feminist utopias and “post-patriarchal future[s].” (Gherovici is the author of Lacan on Madness and Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism, among other books with intriguing titles.)
Location: 235 Bowery
Time: 7:00 p.m.
5. Group Show: “Untitled (Affection)” at Parenthesis Art Space
According to curator Luis Martin, the six artists included in the show take cues from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s body of work, which, with emotionally-charged pieces like Untitled (Perfect Lovers) and Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), serves as a natural reference point to a show on affection.
Location: 203 Harrison Place 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
Time: 6:30–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 21–Sunday, August 24:
6. Tom Sachs, “Boombox Retrospective, 1999—2016” at the Brooklyn Museum
Tom Sachs pays tribute to the boombox with a sound and sculpture installation in the Rubin Pavilion at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The artist has transformed everyday materials into 18 sculptural boomboxes that will play music and activate the space. The show includes Presidential Vampire Booth (2002), a work that comes with a presidential seal and a stocked bar.
Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Price: $16 suggested
Time: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday–Sunday; 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., Thursday
Thursday, April 21–Saturday, June 25:
7. Rashaad Newsome, “Stop Playing in My Face!” at De Buck Gallery
If Rashaad Newsome’s exploration of voguing as a dance form at the Studio Museum in Harlem left you hungry for more, then his upcoming exhibition at De Buck Gallery in Chelsea might serve as a complementary companion. In “Stop Playing in My Face!” (which opens this Thursday), Newsome offers us new inquiries into pop portraiture with a return to his Baroque-bling collages.
Location: 545 West 23rd Street
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
Through May 21:
8. Mary Bauermeister, “Omniverse” at Pavel Zoubok Gallery
Multi-media artist Mary Bauermeister hasn’t had a solo show in New York since 1972, shortly before she moved back to her native Germany. The 81-year-old has remained busy in the decades since, and will show a combination of new and historical works. Don’t miss her “howevercalls”—stunning relief sculptures made from smooth, rounded beach stones collected in Sicily and painstakingly stacked and glued according to size.
Location: 531 West 26th Street, second Floor
Time: opening reception Thursday, April 21, 6:00–8:00 p.m.; 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
Friday, April 22:
9. Artist Talk: Ramiro Gomez at the New York Academy of Art
Los Angeles-based artist Ramiro Gomez sneaks in portraits of undocumented laborers, such as maids and gardeners, into the sun-soaked scenarios of David Hockney paintings. On Friday, he’ll be at the New York Academy of Art to present his book Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez, which features an introduction by author Lawrence Weschler.
Location: 111 Franklin Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.
10. Artist Talk: A Conversation with Adriana Varejão for “Kindred Spirits” at Lehmann Maupin
Before she takes on the Aquatic Stadium at the upcoming Rio Olympics, Adriana Varejão is exploring how Native American art has influenced 20th-century minimalism in her sixth show at Lehmann Maupin.
In the 29 self-portraits that make up Kindred Spirits, sparse lines coexist with a variety of Native American face paintings, while her Mimbres series consists of a series of oil paintings that reference designs of the Mimbres people who once dwelled in the American Southwest. Both series pay tribute to overlooked influences, and the need to recognize origins.
Location: 201 Chrystie Street
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24:
11. Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, “Rotting Wood, the Dripping Word” at MoMA PS1
MoMA PS1 has invited Swiss artist Tobias Madison and Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy for a two-day performance piece in homage to Japanese playwright and filmmaker Shūji Terayama, which takes place on Saturday, April 23 and again on Sunday, April 24. Their collaborative venture is part of the museum’s ongoing commissions-based series, Sunday Sessions.
Location: 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
Price: $15 general admission, $12 for members
Time: 4:00 p.m
Sunday, April 24:
12. International Sculpture Day at Mana Contemporary
Sunday is International Sculpture Day, and Mana Contemporary is teaming up with the International Sculpture Center to celebrate. The festivities will include artists’ open studios, sculpture shows by Anthony Quinn and Ben Keating, and the opening of the group exhibition, “Wake the Town and Tell the People,” featuring a slew of works made “from porcelain to plywood and bronze to balloons,” according to Mana’s website.
As part of the show, performer and printmaker Jamezie will engage with the participatory work …But Will the People Listen? from 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
Time: 1:00–6:00 p.m
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