February 2017 – While neither the weather nor the news seem to inspire much cheer, romance is still alive this February in New York’s galleries. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with ArtMuse’s picks that are sure to inspire love and light this month:
Tom Wesselmann: Standing Still Lives
In 1972, pop art icon Tom Wesselmann exhibited his Standing Still Life paintings for the first time at Sidney Janis Gallery. Now, 45-plus years later, nine of these giant, ebullient works are on display (standing freely) at Gagosian’s 24th Street gallery. Wesselmann’s standing figures magnify and saturate objects of everyday life (lipstick, magazine stills, a box of tissues) so that we, the viewers, can walk among our objects and ponder the aesthetics of our lives. The nine works on display, executed between 1967 and 1981, constantly walk the line of kitsch and fine art. Wesselmann’s show is sensory overload, yet his abstract and balanced composition keep us wanting more.
555 West 24th Street, New York
January 18 – February 24, 2018
Justine Hill & Ali Silverstein: Movers and Shapers
At Brooklyn’s VICTORI + MO Gallery, the east and west coasts meet with vivid displays of abstraction with Movers and Shapers, a two-woman show featuring New York-based artist Justine Hill and Los Angeles-based artist Ali Silverstein. Still beyond the show’s coastal reach, the geography of Movers and Shapers extends even further: Hill first encountered Silverstein’s work at Untitled Art Fair in Miami three years ago, where she became enamored with the L.A.-artist’s use of cut-out canvases. Three years later, Hill has incorporated cut-outs into her own work. The resulting show, Movers and Shapers, present Hill and Silverstein’s work in an intimate dialogue with not only each other but also with the geometries of Louise Nevelson and David Hockney.
VICTORI + MO GALLERY
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn
January 12 – February 18, 2018
Robin Rhode: The Geometry of Color
The work of South African-born, Berlin-based artist Robin Rhode is so multidisciplinary in its nature, it can put one in a tailspin. For The Geometry of Color, Rhode’s current exhibition at Lehmann Maupin engages international politics through the use of performance, video, and visual art. Under the Sun (2017), on view in the gallery, was inspired by his a recent trip to Israel, where Rhode noted similarities between the political conflicts in Israel-Palestine and in his native South Africa. The result are beautiful geometric abstractions of the sun’s rays that evokes the feeling of standing under the sun (even while you’re in Chelsea in January) while engaging the political implications of territory, power, and control.
536 W. 22nd Street, New York
January 18 – March 10, 2018
Louise Nevelson: Black & White
Louise Nevelson may be 88 years old, but her three-dimensional works in black and white remain on the cutting edge. Black & White at Pace Gallery marks Nevelson’s 27th show with the gallery, which is a major feat for any artist–yet alone a woman whose world-peers include the “big boys” of post-war art (including Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol). Nevelson ultimately carved space for herself in this boy’s club with her now iconic sculptures and installations (black and white intricate woodcuts that abstractly inhabit our space). Her show at Pace features 20 of these works, which date from the 1950s to 1980s. These monumental sculptures, installations, and wall pieces are deeply intricate (they seem to be composed of an infinite amount of layers), yet Nevelson’s use of monochrome wash keep her works sharp and serious. Nevelson’s practice brings cubist masterpieces off of their canvases and into three dimensional space. Black & White is simply not a show to miss.
537 West 24th Street
February 1 – March 3, 2018
David Zwirner: 25 Years
David Zwirner Gallery, the superstar of the international art world, celebrates the 25th anniversary of its opening with 25 Years: a dazzling display of the best work by the iconic artists represented by the gallery. The list of great artists represented in this celebratory show is too grand to list– mention of Dan Flavin, Josef Albers, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall, Richard Serra, Sherrie Levine and Ad Reinhardt are just the tip of the iceberg. The show’s aesthetics are diverse, as 25 Years includes a lot of neon (Dan Flavin and Doug Wheeler’s light installations) as well as many beautifully subdued works (On Kawara and Anni Albers’ weavings). The show, which expands through all four of Zwirner’s spaces in Chelsea, provides a full history of Zwirner’s collecting prowess, including now-iconic works as well as never before seen masterpieces.
David Zwirner Gallery
519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street
537 West 20th Street
January 13 – February 17, 2018
Judy Chicago: PowerPlay: A Prediction
For college students studying Art History, the first name to come up on the syllabus is usually Judy Chicago. PowerPlay, her current show at Salon 94, celebrates a body of work Chicago executed from 1984-7. Although PowerPlay, the title of the exhibition as well as this work, was completed over 30 years ago, current political and social discussions warranted an urgent revisitation to Chicago’s radical series. These works: graphic and visceral paintings of the male nude, explore the construction of gender and power-implications of masculinity. Chicago is a clear force to be reckoned with. New Yorkers are fortunate to have Chicago’s monumental work of feminist art, The Dinner Table, on view at the Brooklyn Museum, and the artist’s current show at Salon 94 should not be missed.
243 Bowery & 1 Freeman Alley, New York
January 10 – March 3, 2018
Radiant and Polarization and Active Beige
Foley Gallery presents two exhibitions that engage the boundaries of contemporary art and its materials. Radiant and Polarization features the psychedelic photographs of Dusseldorf-based artist Martin Klimas. For these works, Klimas shone a white-light projection directly onto coils of paper to create stunning displays of the color spectrum. Active Beige, a group show, features diverse work by Abdolreza Aminlari, Adam Henry, Kenny Curwood, Kristen Jensen and Suzanne Song that explore the complexities of absurdism and abstraction in three-dimensional space. Both shows are deeply visual, but the Gallery’s 2018 roster does not end at the optic: On Saturday, February 17, the Gallery will invite visitors to engage with artists, curators, critics, and collectors upon the political climate of the art world and what it means for the future with a free and open forum. Directly tackling the myth that art exists in a bubble, the gallery culminates its abstract exhibitions with a talk that seeks to engage the work on the walls and the minds of its viewers.
January 21-February 18, 2018
59 Orchard Street
Carrie Moyer: Pagan’s Rapture
Painter Carrie Moyer’s forthcoming show at Mary Boone Gallery promises to remind viewers that happy days are here again. In a dazzling display of euphoria, Moyer’s canvases display a thick application of paint in vivid colors, often layered over glitter and cutouts. The result is a display of warmth and delight so powerful it evokes Disney’s Fantasia. Another exciting aspect of this spectacular show? Pagan’s Rapture was curated by Mia Locks, whose curation of the 2017 Whitney Biennial has catapulted the young curator in art world stardom.
Mary Boone Gallery (in collaboration with DC Moore Gallery)
745 Fifth Avenue, New York
March 1 – April 22, 2018
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