As New Yorkers gear up for the Armory Show, the Big Apple plays host to a number of art shows and exhibitions. From Pace Gallery’s exhibition of modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s work to a show dedicated to Robert Mapplethorpe curated by artist Roe Ethridge. Exhibitions such as the one featuring rare and mysterious Aldobrandini Tazze, a set of 12 silver-gilt standing cups, comes to a close at The Met Fifth Avenue this weekend. Blouin Artinfo curates a list of some of the most must-visit events in the city.
NEW AND RECENT OPENINGS
“A Matter of Form” by Barbara Hepworth at Pace Gallery
March 9 through April 21, 2018
This is the first exhibition in the US dedicated to the work of sculptor Barbara Hepworth since 2001. The show brings together selected sculptures and paintings spanning the artist’s career from the 1930s through the 1970s. It reveals the sculptor’s legacy as one of the influential artists of the 20th century. Keeping in mind Hepworth’s investigations of abstraction and the body the installation includes works from a diverse range of media from bronze and marble to mahogany and aluminum. It also includes sculptures from across the artist’s thematic range such as the relationship between mother and child, and man and nature among others.
Laure Prouvost at Lisson Gallery
March 9 through April 14, 2018
Laure Prouvost’s inaugural New York exhibition features an immersive installation. The gallery space is transformed into a subterranean travel agency, (DEEP TRAVEL Ink, 2016). It has ambiguous function and belongs to the artist’s uncle. This hypnagogic environment was first exhibited in 2016 at MMK Frankfurt and has been reconfigured for this show. It contains water coolers, plants, posters, and people working at desks, a waiting area and corporate infomercial; it conflates time and space.
Boomoon’s “Falling Water” at Flowers Gallery
March 8 through April 21, 2018
South Korean photographer Boomoon’s solo exhibition of new works focuses on his investigation into the infinite and dynamic character of the natural world. On view are images from “Skogar,” which are a selection of black-and-white photographs from a series taken at Skógafoss, Iceland. The subject of Boomoon’s exhibition is the powerful elemental force of a vast Icelandic waterfall. His images capture his encounter with the waterfall which is intensified by him entering the freezing water of the pool situated below the falls. Apart from images related to “Skogar,” also on view are a second series of photographs developed from the same water body in intense monochromatic blue. These focus on abstract patterns that remind us of 20th-century American Abstract Expressionist painting.
“Cy Twombly: In Beauty It Is Finished: Drawings 1951–2008” at Gagosian
March 8 through April 25, 2018
The career-spanning exhibition of drawings and works on paper by Cy Twombly marks the completion of the Cy Twombly: Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings, with the eighth and final volume. One of the earliest works by the artist that has been included in the exhibition is from a 1951 sketchbook. Several of his drawings contain subtle gradations, erasures, and cascades of pencil markings that act as evidence of Twombly’s relationship with paper. Also on display is the final phase of the artist’s work on paper, many of which are being shown for the first time.
Robert Mapplethorpe at Gladstone Gallery
March 3 through April 14, 2018
The exhibition features work by Robert Mapplethorpe curated by artist, Roe Ethridge. The show marks the gallery’s first solo presentation as the New York representative of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Ethridge brings his own take as a contemporary artist from the same genre s of portraiture and still life that constituted the foundations Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre. The works on display have been drawn from the archive of Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. They include self-portraits, flowers, and scenes of frank sexual provocation and those exhibited for the first time all selected by Ethridge.
Claudia Wieser’s “Chapter” at Marianne Boesky Gallery
March 1 through April 14, 2018
The Berlin-based artist draws inspiration from the BBC Television series “I, Claudius” (1976) and transforms the gallery’s white box into a space where history, artifice, and social constructs meet. Wieser’s artistic practice is derived from interrelated realms of fine art, architecture, design, and film. The show highlights her ability to create an experiential environment through composite wallpaper, ornamented woodwork, gilded drawings, hand-painted tiles, and multifaceted mirrors.
Deana Lawson at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
March 1 through April 7, 2018
The solo exhibition of new photographs by Deana Lawson is the result of a long and singular journey. Her photographic portraits are the result of a long and singular journey. The images depict studied and methodically staged interactions that blur the desires and intentions of the photographer and the subject. In this show, Lawson continues her use of appropriated imagery with found photographs and timeworn snapshots of family and friends surface in the gallery space. The large-scale photographs on display are from the photographer’s travels to South Carolina, Swaziland, Jamaica, and Soweto, South Africa also from her own neighborhood of Brooklyn. Together they reflect the African diaspora and African-American identities.
“La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border” at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
March 1 through September 23, 2018
The exhibition features contemporary jewelry that explores the US–Mexico border and looks at it as a complex landscape of human interaction. On display are works by 48 artists from the United States, Latin America, and Europe whose works interpret the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, ecological, political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological contexts. The highlights include a brooch by Judy McCaig called “No-Man’s Land” which has been designed out of steel, silver, tombac, Perspex, paint, Herkimer diamond, and taramita. It refers to the mountainous and arid terrains and the natural dangers involved in crossing the border. The exhibition aims to narrate the stories of the people whose lives have been touched by the now controversial border and generate empathy for those who want to cross it.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE
Robin Rhode’s “The Geometry of Colour” at Lehmann Maupin
Running through March 10, 2018
The exhibition looks at new work by South Africa-born, Berlin-based artist Robin Rhode. It looks at this recent series which culminates Rhode’s work that engages the public through cooperative visual and performance art. This was documented through c-print photographs, on a wall in Johannesburg where the artist and his team have worked since 2011.
“The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Running through March 11, 2018
The show focuses on the Aldobrandini Tazze a set of 12 silver-gilt standing cups, surmounted by a figure of one of the Caesars. These are counted among the finest examples of 16th-century metalwork. However, their origin and creation are cloaked in mystery. The complete set has not been seen together since the mid-19th century. It was disassembled and dispersed with their parts mismatched. The exhibition features all 12 tazze in their original configuration.
Running through March 16, 2018
The exhibition features 20 landscapes by California painters Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. The show marks the first joint exhibition dedicated to landscape painting by these postwar California painters and close friends. The themes explored in the show include their use of vibrant color, painterly texture, sense of light, and aerial perspective.
ALSO WORTH SEEING
“Martial Raysse: Visages” at Lévy Gorvy
February 28 through April 14, 2018
A key figure within the European neo avant-garde movement, Martial Raysse is a self-taught artist who first shot to fame as a painter in the late 1950s in Nice, collaborating with artists such as Arman, Yves Klein, and Ben Vautier. The artist began making portraits in 1961. These were composed of bold and vibrant colors that Raysse termed as “Martialcolor,” and were based on stereotypical images of the female face from classical paintings and popular media, such as advertisements and fashion catalogs. The exhibition features “Portrait de Gabriella la jolie vènetienne” (1963) alongside works that date from 2008 to the present. On display are over 20 paintings including the artworks “NOW and QUE VEUX TU DIRE MON BEL AMI” (both 2017) which are being exhibited at the gallery for the first time.
“Robert Gober: Tick Tock” at Matthew Marks Gallery
February 23 through April 21, 2018
Artist Robert Gober (b. 1954) has participated in various international exhibitions, including Documenta, the Whitney Biennial, and the Carnegie International. For this solo exhibition, which is Gober’s first in New York since his 2014 MoMA retrospective features more than a dozen wall-mounted sculptures and similar works on paper. Several of the new works contain images of apples, robin’s eggs, and a prison window all recurrent subjects from his earlier work. The display also includes a sculpture of a cellar door that was inspired by the artist’s childhood home built by his father.
Marina Pinsky at 303 Gallery
February 22 through March 31, 2018
In this solo exhibition, the Moscow-born, Berlin and Brussels-based artist examines the ways in which we read images as material, spatial, and ideological models of the world. Pinsky moves between photographic and sculptural works. On display are a selection of analog black-and-white photographs and new sculptures. The show looks at the origin of New York in its pre-urban settlement.
“Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white” at David Zwirner
February 21 through April 14, 2018
The exhibition explores the artist’s use of different types of fluorescent white light and focuses on significant works from the 1960s. The show’s title refers to Flavin’s seminal text “‘… in daylight or cool white.’ an autobiographical sketch,” that was published in the 1965 December issue of Artforum. Throughout his career the artist has experimented with chromatic and perceptual possibilities of commercially available variations of white fluorescent light. On display are key works from 1963 to early 1970s that reflects a period of radical experimentation by Flavin and presents the range of variation that he was able to achieve in his work.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.