Exhibitions Fairs USA

What to see outside the fairs

The Art Newspaper offers a quick guide to exhibitions and screenings to see around New York at museums, galleries and public spaces

Henri Matisse's "Woman with a Hat", 1905 (Photo: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bequest of Elise S. Haas, © 2012 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-garde

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, www.metmuseum.org, until 3 June

Busy collectors visiting New York’s numerous fairs this week may want to take a break and stop by the Met to see more than 200 works collected by two of modern art’s first champions, the siblings Gertrude and Leo Stein. While focusing on highlights from Matisse (Woman With a Hat, 1905) and Picasso (Melancholy Woman, 1902), the exhibit also features works by Paul Cézanne, Juan Gris, Édouard Manet, Auguste Renoir and many other important figures from the era.

Cindy Sherman

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, www.moma.org, until 11 June

With more than 170 photographs on view, Sherman’s career retrospective at the MoMA can give some context to the works on show at the Armory Show and the ADAA’s The Art Show, where Metro Pictures (B1) is exhibiting her 1976 “Murder Mystery” photographic collages. Anyone visiting New York for longer should be sure to check out a survey of another daring female photographer, the late Francesca Woodman, which opens at the Guggenheim on 16 March.

Whitney Biennial 2012

Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, www.whitney.org, until 27 May

The Whitney Biennial presents today’s emerging American artists along with their influences, such as Andrea Fraser, Nicole Eisenman, and the late Mike Kelley. Highlights include the transgendered artist Wu Tsang’s immersive recreation of a dive bar, Green Room, 2012; Dawn Kasper’s nomadic studio space, replete with nearly everything she owns; and Sam Lewitt’s Fluid Employment, 2012, an installation that’s doused bi-weekly with a magnetic liquid that pools and collects around magnets placed on the floor.

Kehinde Wiley

Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, www.thejewishmuseum.org, 9 March-27 June

The US artist-provocateur Kehinde Wiley revisits his favourite themes of globalisation, cultural hybridity and the displacement of diaspora populations in his “World Stage: Israel” series.

Bharti Kher: the Hot Winds that Blow from the West

Hauser & Wirth New York, 32 East 69th Street, www.hauserwirth.com, until 14 April

The London-born, Delhi-based artist is showing at Hauser & Wirth’s New York gallery for the first time. Her works range from boards and mirrors covered in an intricate pattern of bindis, to a monolithic stack of old radiators.

Adel Abdessemed: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street, www.davidzwirner.com, until 17 March

In his second solo show with the Zwirner gallery, the Algerian-born artist displays more of his violent yet beautiful works, including four razor-wire statues of the crucifixion, a large sculpture of footballer Zinedine Zidane head-butting his opponent, and the show’s namesake work—a 12-foot by 26-foot installation of taxidermied pigs, wolves, foxes, and rabbits, flattened against the wall.

Nerve Ending: New Works by Enrico David

Michael Werner Gallery, 4 East 77th Street, www.michaelwerner.com, 8 March-21 April

While this multi-disciplined artist (painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage) has been widely exhibited throughout Europe in his 20-year career, he’s just now having his first solo shows in New York. While the Werner gallery shows new paintings and sculptures, David’s work is also on view at the New Museum’s Studio 231 in “Head Gas” through 22 April.

Ryan Sullivan

Maccarone, 630 Greenwich Street, www.maccarone.net, until 17 March

The 28-year-old painter lets layers of primer and acrylics dry at different speeds before turning his paintings upright to let the materials naturally bubble over, forming a series of folds, waves, and cracks across the canvas.


High Line, West 22nd Street, www.thehighline.org, until 10 April

Starting at dusk every night, New York’s elevated park is showing three films that explore Manhattan’s streetscape: 1921’s Manhatta by the artist Charles Sheeler and the photographer Paul Strand; 2005’s Eyeballing by the UK-based Rosalind Nashashibi; and 2008’s Sidewalk by the German experimental film-maker Karl Kels.

Gerhard Richter Painting

Film Forum, www.filmforum.org, 9 March, 11am

The film-maker Corinna Belz followed the German painter Gerhard Richter for six months in 2009, documenting the 80-year-old as he painted and spoke about his life’s work. Amidst archival footage of Richter’s long career, he gives bits of advice, like, “You have to distrust your parents and see through them.”

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