The Frieze Week is upon us again, promising plenty of art-fair action to keep art lovers busy. The week is jam-packed as usual, with eleven fairs taking place across the city, including the Frieze Art Fair, the debut of Moniker Art Fair New York, the fourth edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, TEFAF New York Spring, and Fridge, among others.
With so many art events taking place all across the city, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We have compiled a list of 8 remarkable shows to see while you're in the city, both taking place independently and as part of a the fairs that make up the spring art season in New York.
Featured image: How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself by Yto Barrada at Pace, Installation View, via Pace Gallery.
Titled Sōtatsu, the exhibition of works by Urs Fischer will feature nine of his new paintings inspired by the hand scrolls and painted screens of early seventeenth-century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu. The works explore the ways that space and gesture can be divided, stretched, opened, and closed—creating a panorama that is as continuous as it is fragmented. Taking place at 980 Madison Avenue location, the show will be on view from May 3rd to June 23rd, 2018.
The exhibition Ancestors by Jenny Saville will present her new paintings. In these immense canvases, the artist depicts the body from the perspective of classical sculpture, recalling archetypes from religion and mythology, such as the pietà and the Fates. Taking place at 522 West 21st Street location, the show opens on May 3rd and will be on display through June 16th, 2018.
Damien Hirst’s Colour Space Paintings is the first exhibition of the series in the United States, following their presentation earlier this year at Houghton Hall in England. These works are a development of the artist's iconic Spot Paintings, regarded as the artist’s most recognized works. Taking place at 555 West 24th Street location, it is open from May 4th to June 30th, 2018.
Featured images: Image © Urs Fischer; Jenny Saville - To be titled, 2018 (detail) © Jenny Saville; Damien Hirst - Manganese, 2016, household gloss on canvas, 59 × 59 inches (149.9 × 149.9 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018. All images courtesy of Gagosian.
Titled Myths & Mortals, the exhibition will debut an expansive series of works on paper originally created for a recent Dutch translation of William Shakespeare’s narrative poem Venus & Adonis from 1593 by Hafid Bouazza. Using her singularly expressive ink wash, the artist depicted the story of Venus, the goddess of love, and her tragic passion for the handsome youth Adonis.
Presented at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location, the exhibition will be on view until June 30th, 2018.
Featured image: Myths & Mortals by Marlene Dumas at David Zwirner, Installation View. Courtesy of David Zwirner.
Huang Yong Ping's fifth exhibition with the gallery presents Bank of Sand, Sand of Bank, an important historical work for the first time in New York since its creation nearly two decades ago. The artist created a 20-ton replica of the former HSBC Bank in Shanghai, built in 1923 by the British architecture firm Palmer & Turner, contemplating the troubling history this building has lived through while questioning the power of ruling institutions. Taking place at 21st Street location, the exhibition is on view until June 9th, 2018.
Carroll Dunham's exhibition features large-scale paintings from the artist’s Wrestlers series, demonstrating her continued exploration of interpretations of the nude body with particular attention to the male form. The works use the visual language of mythological depictions of wrestling. Taking place at 24th Street location, the exhibition is on view until June 16th, 2018.
Featured images: Huang Yong Ping and Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Gallery, Installation Views. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
The artist's inaugural exhibition at the Lévy Gorvy gallery, the show Dan Colen: Mailorder Mother Purgatory presents three recent bodies of works that focus on technical innovation in pursuit of ambience and emotional depth.
Throughout his career, Dan Colen has engaged in long periods of material experimentation, gradually deconstructing the essence of painting. The
is exhibition celebrates the evolution of his practice. It will be on view until June 23rd, 2018.
Featured image: Dan Colen - Electra, 2018; Silkscreen on canvas, 120 x 96 inches (304.8 x 243.8 cm). © Dan Colen 2018. Photography by Time Nighswander. Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy.
The exhibition Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing] by David Hockney will feature 17 new paintings and two of the artist’s latest works in computer manipulated photography. Mainly painted on hexagonal canvases, the works depict a wide range of subjects, but in a reverse perspective. Photographs are a continuation of his earlier work with composite polaroids and multi-screen videos. Taking place at 510 West 25th Street location, the exhibition is on view until May 12th, 2018.
Spanning three floors, the exhibition How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself will survey the practice of Yto Barrada. Featuring photography, video, installation, sculptures, books, and textile-based works, the showcase span two decades of work that weaves together personal and political narratives. Also taking place at 510 West 25th Street location, it will be on view until May 5, 2018.
Titled Evolution, the solo show of Michal Rovner features video works and prints that mark a return to his unique, abstracted language. It includes include many of the highlights from the Palo Alto iteration, as well as new works and a major video installation. Taking place at Pace Palo Alto at 229 Hamilton Avenue, the show is on view until June 23rd.
Featured images: Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing] by David Hockney at Pace, Installation View; How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself by Yto Barrada at Pace, Installation View; Michal Rovner - Cipher (Mechanism / R). LCD screen and video 2018 © Michal Rovner / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York. Courtesy of Pace Gallery.
Spanning all three floors of Hauser & Wirth gallery at 22nd Street, the exhibition A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Assembled over the course of more than five decades, the collection is rooted in a passion for the work of groundbreaking artists; a commitment to self-education; and an affinity for a wide range of mediums. It traces the course of twentieth-century art, from Dada and Surrealism to Abstraction, Land Art, Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, Pop Art, Op Art, Arte Povera, Nouveau Réalisme, and Contemporary Art.
The show will present more than 360 works by some 250 artists, including Josef Albers, Diane Arbus, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Jenny Holzer, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, René Magritte, and Edward Ruscha, among others. It will be on view until July 27th, 2018.
Featured image: Marcel Mariën - The Elusive (L'Introuvable), 1937. Glass and Bakelite, 17 x 28 x 18 cm : 6 3:4 x 11 x 7 1:8 in © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York : SABAM, Brussels. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
Titled American Landscapes, the show will demonstrate how each of these artists expands our perception of what a landscape is, and how the story of the United States is told through this representation. Examining the histories and realities that often receive only peripheral glimpses, the exhibition offers an alternative perspective on the genre of landscape. The exhibition will be on view until May 5, 2018.
Featured image: American Landscape at Lehmann Maupin, Installation View. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin.
Comprised of twelve large-scale works, the body of work explores the relationship between aesthetics, politics and systems. Filling the cells of gridded clear acrylic panels with vibrant pigment, the artist outlines distinguished thinkers who have developed concepts of identity, ordering them chronologically from Aristotle to the present, including Maria W. Stewart and Karl Marx.
The exhibition will be on view from May 3rd until June 9th, 2018.
Featured image: Charles Gaines - Faces 1- Identity Politics, Drawing #3, Karl Marx, (detail), 2018, ink on paper, 20 7:8 x 16 7:8 in. (53 x 42.9 cm). Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery.
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