10 Blockbuster Shows Opening in New York This Spring

Cindy's back.

Cindy Sherman Untitled, (2016) Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Chelsea, one of the world's most saturated gallery neighborhoods. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Chelsea, one of the world’s most saturated gallery neighborhoods.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

As the spring approaches, New York’s museums and galleries are getting ready for the arrival of warm weather and the inevitable increased foot traffic that the season brings.

Additionally dealers are preparing for the influx of international collectors who will be visiting during Frieze New York and related events in May. To help you navigate the seemingly endless number of shows, we’ve selected the best big-name openings and exhibitions coming up.

Steve McQueen ​End Credits (2012) Photo: The Whitney Museum of American Art

Steve McQueen ​End Credits (2012)
Photo: The Whitney Museum of American Art

1. “Steve McQueen: Open Plan” at the Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney presents an experimental five-part exhibition on the Museum’s unique column-free 18,200 square foot fifth floor. The Turner Prize and Oscar winning artist and filmmaker’s new project Open Plan expands on his previous work End Credits, in which the artist presented FBI documents relating to the African American actor and activist Paul Robeson.

“Steve McQueen: Open Plan” will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, April 29–May 14, 2016.

Carmen Herrera. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery, New York

Carmen Herrera. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery, New York

2. “Carmen Herrera: Recent Works” at Lisson Gallery
London-based Lisson Gallery’s highly anticipated New York space will kick off with recent paintings by Carmen Herrera. The 100-year-old artist has been painting in her distinctive hard-edge, abstract style for almost eighty years. The show is a taste of what is to come, for Herrera will be showing more works in her first solo museum exhibition at the Whitney this fall.

“Carmen Herrera: Recent Works” will be on view at Lisson Gallery, New York, May 3–June 11, 2016.

Cindy Sherman Untitled, (2016) Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman Untitled, (2016)
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

3. “Cindy Sherman” at Metro Pictures
Cindy Sherman inaugurates Metro Pictures’ Chelsea space, which reopens in May after extensive renovations. Showing all new works, Sherman’s latest photographs are inspired by publicity photos of 1920s starlets, where she is under the guise of old Hollywood glamour.

“Cindy Sherman” will be on view at Metro Pictures, May 5, 2016–June 18, 2016.

Philip Guston Accord I (1962) Photo: Hauser & Wirth, New York

Philip Guston Accord I (1962)
Photo: Hauser & Wirth, New York

4.“Philip Guston: Painter, 1957—67” at Hauser & Wirth, Chelsea
Philip Guston’s paintings from 1957 to 1967 will make an appearance at the powerhouse gallery’s Chelsea space. The exhibition focuses on Guston’s exploration of abstract painting, which has had a lasting influence on subsequent generations, including contemporary artists such as Joe Bradley.

“Philip Guston: Painter, 1957—67 will be on view at Hauser & Wirth, Chelsea, April 26–July 29, 2016.

Enrico Castellani Photo: Dominique Levy, New York

Enrico Castellani
Photo: Dominique Levy, New York

5. “Enrico Castellani: Interior Space” at Dominique Levy
The solo exhibition includes recent and historical paintings by the Italian artist; Castellani’s works explore different ways in which painting can occupy three-dimensional space. The show includes a selection of the artist’s large scale relief canvases and chrome works.

“Enrico Castellani: Interior Space” will be on view at Dominique Levy, April 7–May 21, 2016.

Tracey Emin Just Waiting For You (2015) Photo: Lehmann Maupin, New York

Tracey Emin Just Waiting For You (2015)
Photo: Lehmann Maupin, New York

6. “Tracey Emin: Stone Love” at Lehmann Maupin, Chelsea
After showing works at a two-gallery show at Lehmann Maupin and White Cube’s Hong Kong space, the British artist comes to New York, where she presents her new works before going on sabbatical. Emin’s recent works focus on the theme of impermanence, based on her marriage to a stone, which took place at her studio in France last summer.

“Tracey Emin: Stone Love” will be on view at Lehmann Maupin, Chelsea, May 5–June 18, 2016.

Robert Motherwell The Irregular Heart (1974) Photo: Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Robert Motherwell The Irregular Heart (1974)
Photo: Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

7. “Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage” at Paul Kasmin Gallery
The cuts, tears, and layering of Motherwell’s collages reflected the violence and tumult of the modern world. Recently shown at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, some of the American artist’s collages will now go on view at Paul Kasmin’s smaller space on the corner of 27th Street and 10th Avenue in New York.

“Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage” will be on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery, April 14–May 21, 2016.

Mike Kelley The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #6: Fall1(994) Photo: Courtesy Skarstedt, New York.

Mike Kelley The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #6: Fall1(994)
Photo: Courtesy Skarstedt, New York.

8. “Mike Kelley: Shaped Paintings” at Skarstedt Gallery, Chelsea
Never before seen together, Mike Kelley’s shaped paintings are going on view at Skarstedt’s Chelsea space. The artworks date to the mid-’90s, when the artist revisited the medium after a 15-year period spent on performances, multimedia works, and installations.

“Mike Kelley: Shaped Paintings” will be on view at Skarstedt Gallery, April 21–June 25, 2016.

Marc Chagall The Flying Carriage (La calèche volant) (1913) Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Marc Chagall The Flying Carriage (La calèche volant) (1913)
Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

9. “Guggenheim Collection: Early Modernism” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
In a rehang at the Guggenheim, the museum will devote gallery space to its collection of iconic examples of early modernism. From April 29, works by Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian and others will explore the early days of abstraction and nonobjective painting.

“Guggenheim Collection: Early Modernism” will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum beginning April 29.

Jean Dubuffet L'adieu à la fenêtre (Farewell from the Window) (1949) Photo: Acquavella Galleries, New York

Jean Dubuffet L’adieu à la fenêtre (Farewell from the Window) (1949)
Photo: Acquavella Galleries, New York

10. “Jean Dubuffet: Anticultural Positions” at Acquavella Galleries
It’s the first exhibition surveying Dubuffet’s early work in paining and sculpture in over two decades, and the exhibition delves into the artist’s work from 1943 to 1959, emphasizing his unorthodox approach to depicting subjects and use of unusual materials.

“Jean Dubuffet: Anticultural Positions” will be on view at Acquavella Galleries, April 15–June 10, 2016.


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