All Eyes on Art

Monday, April 10, 2017

Our monthly roundup of the city’s best art exhibitions.



Brooklyn Museum

April 21 – Sept. 17:

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85

Decades before the Guerrilla Girls first put on their masks, African-American female artists were protesting art world chauvinism. The Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition spotlights art by Black women in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and shines an important light on an ignored chapter in American art history. Featuring the works of Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson and others, this exhibition promises to be an important correction to the history of American art.

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn




The Met Breuer

Through May 7:

Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space

Although the Italian Arte Povera movement has been lionized in recent years, its sole female practitioner Marisa Merz has remained ignored until now.  As part of its goal of shining a light on the obscure and the under-appreciated, the Met Breuer is staging the first American retrospective of the pioneering Italian artist.

945 Madison Avenue, New York




New Museum

April 26 – Sept. 10:

Carol Rama: Antibodies

Another overlooked Italian woman finally gets her due in the New Museum’s exhibition of the self-taught artist Carol Rama. Focusing on “the ways in which Rama’s fantastical anatomies opposed the political ideology of her time and continue to speak to ideas of desire, sacrifice, repression, and liberation,” the exhibition highlights a painter whose explorations of bodies, gender and sexuality are more relevant than ever.

235 Bowery, New York





April 6 – May 26:

Robert Therrien

For the first time in 10 years, Robert Therrien’s thought-provoking, frequently amusing work is on display in New York. Through massive sculptures of everyday objects like folding chairs and plates, Therrien “demonstrates the transformative power of scale and viewpoint.”

555 West 24th Street, New York



Elizabeth Dee

Through April 22:

Joan Wallace: Seminal Works from the 1980s to Now

Elizabeth Dee’s new show highlights an unfairly obscure contemporary artist whose work playfully riffs on the history of post-war Art. Pop, Minimalist, and conceptual signifiers combine in paintings wrapped around refrigerators and drawings overlaid with silkscreens of other artists’ works.

2033 & 2037 Fifth Avenue, New York




Cheim & Read

Through May 20:

Sean Scully: Wall of Light Cubed

Cheim & Read presents the Turner Prize-nominated artist’s geometric abstractions, and finds a surprising amount of nuance in Scully’s minimalist paintings of bars, squares and cubes.

547 West 25th Street, New York



David Zwirner

Through April 22:

Alice Neel, Uptown

Curated by the writer Hilton Als, “Alice Neel, Uptown” focuses on Neel’s portraits of Harlem residents from the ’40s through the ’70s. Through his thoughtful examination of Neel’s non-white subjects, Als spotlights an under-recognized aspect of the great artist’s work.

525 & 533 West 19th Street, New York



Davis & Langdale Company, Inc.

Through April 22:

Anne Ryan: Collages

Davis & Langdale’s exhibition of Anne Ryan’s assemblages of paper, fabric and other materials is a tribute to “perhaps the premier American collagist of the 20th century” and yet another pointed reminder of art history’s exclusionary nature. 

231 East 60th Street, New York



Castelli Gallery

March 10 – May 26:

Robert Morris: Boustrophedons

This installation features new works by the sculptor. Dark Passage is particularly noteworthy, an unsettling late-period masterpiece featuring hooded, Rodin-inspired black figures cast in carbon fiber.

24 West 40th Street, New York



Matthew Marks Gallery

Through April 15:

Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins has been making photo-realistic paintings that resemble black-and-white photography for over 50 years. This exhibition spotlights the artist’s recurring fascination with the night sky and waves.  

522 West 22nd Street, New York



Who Runs ABT? Girls!

ABT kicks off fall season

On The Avenue

Our Night at the Opera

Celebrating Marc Chagall, who is not a Marx Brother


All’s Fair at TEFAF Opening

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering raised funds as a glamorous art fair returned to New York.

by Debbie BancroftPhotographed by Griffin Lipson and Hunter Abrams/