The art scene in NYC is a rich and fluid organism, changing from season to season, as malleable and migratory as the artists themselves. This summer sees some once-in-a-lifetime exhibits that should garner the attention of anyone with even the most cursory interest in our prominent art scene. The following eight exhibitions span everything from more indie galleries to some of NYC’s most celebrated institutions. From home grown artists old and new to a Mexican master, here are the 8 art exhibitions you should definitely catch this summer.
- Where – The Hole, 312 Bowery
- When – Until Sunday, September 3rd
British-born painter Nick Mead’s second exhibition at The Hole. His abstract work has evolved from the stark black and white palette to integrate further hues and compositional complications. The show title “Paintings”, and the artwork titles “The Painter on His Way to Work” suggest that his art is about painting itself.
- Where – Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
- When – Until Monday, October 23rd
The exhibition brings together a varied collection of the work of Alexander Calder and the extraordinary ballet of sound and movement in his work. This exhibition something to be experienced rather than witnessed, as Calder intended, in motion. The kinetic nature of the work and it’s choreography, is definitely something to behold before it ends in the fall.
- Where – Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue
- When – Until Friday, August 18th
In this groundbreaking exhibition, thirteen guest art curators select one artist each. The works span several mediums from painting, sculpture and installation. As the gallery says in their press release, “the exhibition will manifest the ongoing dialogue between artists and cultural influences in an effort to momentarily articulate the hyper-evolving landscape of contemporary art.”
- Where – the Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue
- When – Until Sunday, October 8th
Ettore Sottsass was a seminal figure in 20th-century design. Ten years after the death of the Italian architect and designer, this exhibition showcases his career in a presentation of architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography.
- Where – MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
- When – Until Sunday, September 10th
This exhibition features six artists: Cui Jie, Jordan Kasey, Hannah Levy, Abigail Lucien, Jillian Mayer, MSHR, and Madelon Vriesendorp. The show is an exploration in the provocation by the historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway, “Why should our body end at the skin?” The work tests the diminishing boundaries between our bodies and technology.
- Where – Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St,
- When – Until Sunday, September 24th
This exhibition offers an exploration of the work of the modernist painter, designer, and poet Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944) through over 50 paintings and drawings. The work is a selection of costume and theater designs, photographs and ephemera, as well as critically acclaimed poems.
- Where – Sargent’s Daughters, 179 East Broadway
- When – Until Friday, August 18th
This exhibition of paintings by New York based artist Brandi Twilley explores the artist revisiting the bedroom of her childhood home, which was destroyed by a fire in 1999. The paintings are based on pastel drawings she made before the house burned down and brood on the life that was then lost in the fire.
- Where – The Met Fifth Ave, 1000 Fifth Avenue
- When – Until Sunday, October 15th
“Cristóbal de Villalpando emerged in the 1680s not only as the leading painter in viceregal Mexico, but also as one of the most innovative and accomplished artists in the entire Spanish world. [metmuseum]”
For the first time ever, Villalpando’s celebrated altarpiece, commissioned for the cathedral of Puebla, has left its home in Mexico and is on show in the Robert Lehman Collection wing of the Met. This is truly a once in the lifetime exhibition.
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