Michael Rakowitz: The invisible enemy should not exist (Room F, section 1, Northwest Palace of Nimrud)
Jane Lombard Gallery
Michael Rakowitz’s “The invisible enemy should not exist (Room F, section 1, Northwest Palace of Nimrud)” is part of the artist’s ongoing project and features a series of bas-reliefs alongside the New York debut of his film The Ballad of Special Ops Cody. Creating a narrative surrounding colonialism, preservation, and the culturicide of a civilization, the Iraqi-American artist’s reliefs were created from Room F, a banquet courtyard in the ancient city of Nimrud, in a palace that was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Rakowitz created a stop-motion animation work telling the true story of an Iraqi insurgent group’s efforts to convince Americans that one of their soldiers had been taken hostage—which was, in fact, only a Special Ops Cody plastic doll.
“L’Œil du Collectionneur”
Gabriel & Guillaume at 111 W 57th Street
The Beirut- and Paris-based design gallery Gabriel & Guillaume has launched its first New York City pop-up atop Steinway Hall in the newly revealed Landmark Penthouse. Imagined as a livable gallery, it features a blend of contemporary and vintage furniture by names like Joaqim Tenreiro, José Zanine Caldas, Carlo Bugatti, Max Ingrand, Gio Ponti, and Zaha Hadid, with art by Jean-Michel Othoniel, Hans Hartung, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Diane Arbus.
“Andy Warhol Photography: 1967—1987”
Jack Shainman Gallery
This presentation spanning three decades of Andy Warhol’s photography offers an insightful look into the artist’s creative process and artistic practice. Though the Warhol’s photography is a lesser-known part of his career, he often carried a camera with him to document friends like Mick Jagger and Diana Vreeland, using the images as sources for his more iconic works. On view are portraits, still lifes, a selection of stitched photos (created by sewing together a series of silver gelatin prints), and even self-portraiture.
“Comfort” is Friedman Benda’s sixth annual guest-curated exhibition, featuring works by nearly 30 artists and designers like Max Lamb, Thaddeus Mosley, John Chamberlain, Simone Fattal, Michael Anastassiades, and BLESS. Curated by Omar Sosa, the show takes the form of a visual landscape by combining a mix of paintings, photographs, utilitarian objects, and sculptures. Pieces like Isamu Nugochi’s galvanized steel Pierced Seat and a Toilet sink by Guillermo Santomà, when placed together, offer a dialogue surrounding comfort and discomfort, and how these conditions affect human behavior, norms of society, and personal identity.
Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Standing Rock Awakens the World
January 11—February 22
Confronting his viewers with the history of the land on which they are standing, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds’ exhibition “Standing Rock Awakens the World” highlights the relationship between the body, land, and ownership, and asserts Native American jurisdiction. Questioning humanity as a whole are works like a monoprint and ghost print series comprised of phrases like “WATER IS OUR FIRST MEDICINE” and “BLACK SNAKE GREEN MONEY WHITE GREED,” offering a thought-provoking narrative that brings to the forefront topics like the importance of acknowledging and respecting Indigenous nations, the idea of time as a non-linear entity, and the artist’s personal relationship with the earth.