Must-See Art Guide: New Year’s Edition

Celebrate the start of 2015 with these must-see shows around the world.

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Murad Osmann, Bali 3 (2013).
Courtesy of Avant Gallery.
Roger Ballen, Transformation (2004).
Courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris.
Scott Short, Thank You, Adam West, For Helping To Make Me The Man I Am Today.
Courtesy of Christopher Grimes Gallery.
A.R. Penck, Ungewissheit (2011).
Courtesy of Michael Werner Kunsthandel.
Horst P. Horst. Dinner suit and headdress by Schiaparelli (1947). © Condé Nast / Horst Estate.
Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Phaptawan Suwankudt, Days of (endless) meaninglessness series no.3 (2014).
Courtesy of 100 Tonson Gallery.
Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q. (1919). ©Collection particulière and Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris 2014.
Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Untitled #11 (2006).
Courtesy of Space SBH.
Alexander Zakharov, Water Skiing (2014).
Courtesy of AP Contemporary.
Ghassan Zard, from left to right, Untitled (2012), Untitled (2014), Untitled (2014).
Courtesy of Galerie Tanit.
Installation view, "ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s." Photo by David Heald.
Courtesy of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Cai Zhisong, Ode to Motherland no. 11.
Courtesy of Yang Gallery.

If those New Year’s resolutions are already starting to seem like something you can put off until next week, celebrate the start of 2015 with a little culture. For many, the holidays mean travel, whether you’re home spending time with family or jet setting in Europe or Asia, so this week’s guide takes a look at some of the most exciting shows happening around the world.

For those folks whose beach vacations didn’t work out, there are plenty of exhibitions that will transport you to another place. If you find yourself in the Big Apple, stop by Avant Gallery, featuring colorful photographs by Murad Osmann, cataloguing his trip to various exotic locations around the world. There is also “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s” at the Guggenheim, spotlighting the artistic transformations that took place following World War II. Visitors to Europe can get their modern art fix with a Marcel Duchamp show at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Or else check out the Horst P. Horst exhibition at the beautiful Victoria and Albert Museum in London. There are also plenty of artsy excursions throughout Asia, including a show of new media works by Alexander Zakharov at AP Contemporary in Hong Kong, and photography by Phaptawan Suwankudt at 100 Tonson Gallery in Bangkok.

Whichever city you find yourself in this week, there are sure to be some great shows for you to start the New Year off right.


Exhibition: Follow Me: A Journey around the World Through the Eyes of Two Ordinary Travelers

When: August 27, 2014–January 1, 2015 (last call)

Where: Avant Gallery, 143 Madison Avenue, New York, NY


Exhibition: Roger Ballen: Asylum of the Birds

When: November 8, 2014–January 3, 2015 (last call)

Where: Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, 5 rue Debelleyme, Paris, 75003 France


Exhibition: Scott Short: More and The Same

When: November 8, 2014–January 3, 2015 (last call)

Where: Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA


Exhibition: A.R. Penck: Zwischen Licht und Schatten

When: November 8, 2014–January 3, 2015 (last call)

Where: Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Gertrudenstraße 24-28, Cologne, 50667 Germany


Exhibition: Horst: Photographer of Style

When: September 16, 2014–January 4, 2015

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, United Kingdom


Exhibition: Phaptawan Suwankudt: Days of (Endless) Meaninglessness

When: October 16, 2014–January 4, 2015

Where: 100 Tonson Gallery, 100 Soi Tonson Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, 10330 Thailand


Exhibition: Marcel Duchamp. La peinture, même

When: September 24, 2014–January 5, 2015

Where: Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris, 75004 France


Exhibition: Mikhail Baryshnikov: Dominican Moves

When: December 23, 2014–January 5, 2015

Where: Space SBH, Carré D’Or, Gustavia, 97133 Saint Barthelemy


Exhibition: Alexander Zakharov: Innovative Humour

When: November 7, 2014–January 6, 2015

Where: AP Contemporary, 28 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China


Exhibition: Ghassan Zard: Variations

When: December 4, 2014–January 6, 2015

Where: Galerie Tanit, L’ebeniste, Gefinor Center, Beirut, Lebanon


Exhibition: ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s

When: October 10, 2014–January 7, 2015

Where: The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


Exhibition: Cai Zhisong: Beyond the Cloud

When: December 7, 2014–January 7, 2015

Where: Yang Gallery, 3rd Taoci Street, 798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100015 China

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