With Armory Week upon us, here are some not-to-miss exhibitions going on around New York outside the fairs. Below, you’ll find our selection of must-see shows.
Cy Twombly at Gagosian
March 8—April 28
Gagosian is presenting Cy Twombly’s career-spanning exhibition of his drawings and works on paper. Organized in collaboration with the Cy Twombly Foundation, the artist’s drawings articulate line, gesture, and rhythm. Marking what would have been Twombly’s 90th birthday, the exhibition also comes with the completion of the final volume of Cy Twombly: Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings.
Cyprien Gaillard at Gladstone Gallery
February 23—April 14
Gladstone Gallery is showing Cyprien Gaillard’s film: Nightlife. Made over the course of two years, the 3-D film captures night scenes across Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Optically, audibly, and conceptually, the Nightlife interconnects four subjects: The Thinker installed at the Cleveland Museum of Art; non-indigenous plants across Los Angeles; the annual firework event at the Olympiastadion in Berlin; and the Jesse Owens Olympic oak tree at James Ford Rhodes High School in Cleveland. Starting Friday, March 9, the gallery will be open until midnight, the ultimate time for viewing Nightlife.
“Hugo McCloud: Metal Paintings” at Sean Kelly BK
March 9—11, 17—18
Sean Kelly is showing the works of Hugo McCloud at a space in Brooklyn during Armory Week. The industrial site acts as a platform for this new suite of paintings, utilizing materials and innovative techniques. Inspired by the rawness of his surroundings, McCloud tames his unconventional materials and creates pieces that are recognizably sophisticated and exuberant in their color.
“Isa Genzken: Sky Energy” at David Zwirner
February 22 – April 7
David Zwirner is presenting an exhibition of new and recent work by Isa Genzken. At once incisive and ecstatic, Genzken’s new work expands her long-running investigation into the intersection of the personal, the global, and the technological in contemporary society. Featuring a range of media, this presentation will showcase the radical diversity of the artist’s multifaceted practice.
Jean-Michel Othoniel at Perrotin
March 3—April 15
Perrotin New York presents “Dark Matters,” an exhibition by Jean-Michel Othoniel marking the opening of the gallery’s new space on Orchard Street. Exposing the properties of materials in a poetic way, Othoniel is a major player in the French and international art scenes. Known for his design, sculpture, installations, and performances, the artist comments on the modern world and demands a new perspective on beauty and aesthetics as well as the condition of existence. This exhibition brings the fragility and minimalism of his work to a new platform of materials, exposing the vast sadness of the world.
“Sue Williams: Paintings 1997-98” at Skarstedt
February 22—April 21
Skarstedt is showing “Sue Williams: Paintings 1997-98.” The collection of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas comments on the abstraction of human experience, emphasising sexuality, violence, and delight. Using abstraction as a tool of masking components, Williams’ early works draw attention to issues and fight against patriarchal notions of art making.
Reka Nyari at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery
March 1—April 15
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery’s “Valkyrie Ink” exhibition with large-scale photographs by Reka Nyari. Comprised of 13 works, the portraiture project explores intimate studies of self-identity and the empowerment of nude portraiture. Referencing the allegory “having a thick skin” the images investigate armoury and tattoos as a shield to our vulnerability. The emblematic suit of armour covers Nyari’s skin and represents acts of resistance and strength.