Must-See Art Guide: New York

This week's guide includes Mathieu Mercier, Vincent van Gogh, Bill Jensen, and more.

View Slideshow
Etel Adnan, Untitled (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Lelong – New York.
Jacqueline Hassink, Haradani-en 1, Northwest Kyoto, 5 April 2010 (11:00–13:00) (2010). Courtesy of Benrubi Gallery.
Peter Anton, Heavenly Donuts (2014). Courtesy of UNIX Gallery.
Julian Hatton, Trouble (2015). Courtesy of Elizabeth Harris Gallery.
Mara Held, Furrow (2012). Courtesy of David Findlay Jr Gallery.
Paul Rousso, NY Times 2-20-15 (2015). Courtesy of Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art.
Deborah G Nehmad, wasted (2010). Courtesy of Kim Foster Gallery.
Bill Jensen, Installation view (2015). Courtesy of Cheim & Read.
Roya Farassat, All small things float in the air (2015). Courtesy of Shirin Art Gallery.
Lisa Yuskavage, Installation view (2015). Courtesy of David Zwirner.
Kristina Riska, Bodypart III (2014). Courtesy of Hostler Burrows.
Troy Simmons, Black Dahlia (2014). Courtesy of JanKossen Contemporary.
Audrey Flack, Grapefruits II (1953). Courtesy of Hollis Taggart Galleries.
Rasheed Araeen, SCULPTURE NO 2 (1965). Courtesy of Aicon Gallery.
Viola Frey, Untitled (Horse, Bird, Monkey & Arms) (ca. 2001–2002). Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery.
Gilbert & George, The Red Sculpture Album (1975). Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Book of Acts (2015). Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.
Dorothea Tanning, Murmurs (1976). Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery and Alison Jacques Gallery.
Yishay Garbasz, Sunset over Northern Limit Line, Dragon’s Teeth, Baengnyeongdo (2013). Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.
Vincent van Gogh, Vase of Roses (1890). Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mathieu Mercier, Untitled (Diamant) MM028 (2015). Courtesy of Denis Gardarin Gallery.
Anneliese Schrenk, S2E41 (2013). Courtesy of Circle Culture Gallery.

What a joy to be in New York City in May! Forget scarfs, hats, and gloves, and welcome to cherry blossoms, picnics in the park, and art fairs. Starting with Spring Masters New York, Art Miami New York, and NADA Art Fair, among others, the main event is, without a doubt, Frieze New York! The fourth edition of the fair will feature over 190 world-leading galleries, hosted in a structure overlooking the East River in Randall’s Island Park starting on May 14. And how better to anticipate the upcoming fairs than by visiting some of the most exciting galleries and museums in the city before the big rush. Trying to see all of them can be like trying to solve the mystery of Mona Lisa….impossible. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Ending soon, make sure to stop by Galerie Lelong – New York to view the colorful paintings on display for the first solo exhibition by Etel Adnan, well known for her use of a variety of media. You always wanted to blend art and food? Peter Anton did it for you. “The Foodhist Temple” exhibition at UNIX Gallery celebrates food and life, and questions the concept of necessity and desire through his monumental sculptures. Another original concept will be on view starting May 13, curated by the Denis Gardarin Gallery: Mathieu Mercier is presenting seven new paintings from his iconic “Diamond” series at the James A. Farley Post Office, as part of the gallery’s effort to display shows in unconventional venues.

Continue your journey at David Zwirner, with recent paintings and pastels by Lisa Yuskavage, whose artworks merge popular culture and a deep engagement with art history. In addition, Marianne Boesky Gallery offers two exhibitions: new sculptures by Jessica Jackson Hutchins and paintings, watercolors, drawings, collages, and objects by the Surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning.

If you want to explore more established artists, don’t miss “Gilbert & George: The Early Years” at the MoMA, featuring two large-scale charcoal-on-paper sculptures, alongside other ephemeral materials and video works. And if you’re a flower lover, visit the Met, which will display four paintings by Vincent van Gogh for the first time since the Dutch master’s death.

Just like a sporting competition, a warm-up is essential, but this time, everybody wins!


Exhibition: Etel Adnan

When: April 2–May 8, 2015

Where: Galerie Lelong – New York, 528 W. 26th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Jacqueline Hassink: View, Kyoto

When: March 26–May 9, 2015

Where: Benrubi Gallery, 521 W. 26th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY


Exhibition: Peter Anton: The Foodhist Temple’

When: April 2–May 9, 2015

Where: UNIX Gallery, 532 W. 24th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Julian Hatton: New Season

When: April 2–May 9, 2015

Where: Elizabeth Harris Gallery, 529 W. 20th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Mara Held – Margrit Lewczuk – Meg Lipke – John Grillo 1917-2014

When: April 9–May 9, 2015

Where: David Findlay Jr Gallery, 724 5th Avenue, New York, NY


Exhibition: Paul Rousso, The Week Ahead

When: April 9–May 9, 2015

Where: Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, 35 N. Moore Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Deborah G. Nehmad: Wasted

When: April 9–May 9, 2015

Where: Kim Foster Gallery, 529 W. 20th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Bill Jensen: Transgressions

When: April 9–May 9, 2015

Where: Cheim & Read, 547 W. 25th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Roya Farassat: Chaos, A Mind of Its Own

When: April 16–May 9, 2015

Where: Shirin Art Gallery, 511 W. 25th Street, Suite 507, New York, NY


Exhibition: Lisa Yuskavage

When: April 23–May 13, 2015

Where: David Zwirner, 519, 525 and 533 W. 19th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Kristina Riska: New Work

When: May 6–June 5, 2015

Where: Hostler Burrows, 51 E. 10th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Troy Simmons – Durchbruch

When: May 7–June 6, 2015

Where: JanKossen Contemporary, 529 W. 20th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY


Exhibition: Audrey Flack: The Abstract Expressionist Years

When: May 7–June 6, 2015

Where: Hollis Taggart Galleries, 958 Madison Avenue, New York, NY


Exhibition: Rasheed Araeen – Minimalism Then and Now

When: May 7–June 6, 2015

Where: Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Viola Frey

When: May 7–June 27, 2015

Where: Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 520 W. 27th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Gilbert & George: The Early Years

When: May 9–September 27, 2015

Where: MoMA, the Paul J.Sachs Drawings Galleries, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Jessica Jackson Hutchins: I Do Choose

When: May 9–June 6, 2015

Where: Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 W. 24th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Yishay Garbasz – Severed Connections: Do what I say or they will kill you

When: May 9–June 13, 2015

Where: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Dorothea Tanning: Murmurs” (in collaboration with Alison Jacques Gallery)

When: May 11–June 27, 2015

Where: Marianne Boesky Gallery, 118 E. 64th Street, New York, NY


Exhibition: Van Gogh: Irises and Roses

When: May 12–August 16, 2015

Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY


Exhibition: Mathieu Mercier: diamants 2015 at Skylight at Moynihan Station” (curated by Denis Gardarin Gallery)

When: May 13–May 16, 2015

Where: Skylight at Moynihan Station in the James A. Farley Post Office, 421 8th Ave between 31st and 33rd St, New York, NY


Exhibition: Anneliese Schrenk ‘The Space Between’

When: May 12 – 17, 2015

Where: Circle Culture Gallery, 2 Rivington Street, New York, NY

Follow Artnet News on Facebook:

Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.