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20 free exhibition openings in New York City (NYC)

Gallery Openings in New York City (NYC, NY, Manhattan)

It is almost impossible to list all the exhibition openings that take place in New York City art galleries. There are so many galleries, and so little time! Here is a good sampling to start with.

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Justin Adian’s taken up bronze casting. He got the idea from vacation homes around lakes in Texas, where’s he from, which often have a decorator motif outside, say on the patio or the boat dock - outdoor décor. His are thin-skinned and painted with high-gloss, marine quality Dutch, Hollandlac boat paint. Some he sprays again with Krylon glitter, to give them the shark-y sheen of a speedboat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Justin Adian's Sun Tan: Bronze Sculptures
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi (Merate, Italy 1936-2008) and Marthe Keller (b. New York, 1948) belong to different artistic generations, had different cultural upbringings, lived on different continents, (although Keller has been present in Europe, and particularly in Italy, for a long time), and experimented with different styles. If we systematically compare their works, however, the two painters seem to move from similar visual problems, and suggest answers that unexpectedly relate to each other. Both artists base the perceptual dynamics of their works on the experience of seeing through.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Seeing Through/Vedere Attraverso: Works by Antonio Scaccabarozzi and Marthe Keller
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An exhibition of paintings from this crucial figure of late-era American abstraction. Harvey Quaytman came of age in the 70s and 80s when the art world was focused on Neo-Expressionism, Minimalism, Conceptualism and the Pictures Generation. Counter to these movements, Quaytman's work developed in response to Abstract Expressionism in an attempt to develop a more personal approach to abstraction. Hone features nine paintings made between 1982 and 1990, a period in which the artist favored paintings with a palette of white, black, blues, yellows, vermillion, and rust which, at times, were incorporated with crushed glass. Predicating his use of color on the basis of attraction, Quaytman noted, “I have no specific meanings, but a color must mean something to me before I use it. I must love that color and it must strike me.” Harvey Quaytman (1937-2002) is best known for his large scale, hard-edged modernist paintings. Originally steeped in the vernacular of 60s American abstraction reminiscent of Arshile Gorky and Willem de Kooning, Quaytman found his distinctive style of abstraction in the 70s by creating unconventionally shaped paintings dominated by one or two colors. Hone features work from the 80s when the artist began a new chapter working within a rectangular format distinguished by bold, assertive colors. A rich palette dominates his paintings of this period, often with a cruciform as the central compositional anchor, a form that he later isolated evoking painting as object.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Paintings: Harvey Quaytman's Hone
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In  his  exhibition,  Scozzaro  employs  a  photographic  fiction-­‐making  process  as  obliquely  autobiographical, fabricating,   inventing,  and  constructing  images  that  straddle  both  criticism  and  confession.  Subverting  a tantalizing advertising  style   of  rich  colors  and  textures  with  staged  images  that  disorient,  Scozzaro  questions the representability  of  certain  ideas   that  recur  in  mass  media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Photography: Marco Scozzaro's Digital Deli
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The show features over 20 large scale prints from Rothen’s latest series and a two-channel video installation The Woman with The Crown. The exhibition launches the artist’s second monograph, Shadows in Paradise, published by b.frank books, Zurich.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Marianna Rothen: Shadows in Paradise: Prints and Installation
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An exhibition of major canvases by Edward Dugmore from the 1960s. The works on display trace the artist’s engagement with the American West. This affinity developed at an early age in part from an interest in Native American life that began while looking through his fathers National Geographic magazines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Edward Dugmore: The 1960s: Paintings
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An exhibition of paintings, collages, photography, print-making sculptures that explore various thematic dialogues.With:John Ashbery, Richard Baker, Biala, Joe Brainard, Rudy Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Donald Evans, Vera Iliatova, Jess, Jen Mazza, Sarah McEneaney, John Newman, John O’Reilly, Larry Rivers, Ann Toebbe, Trevor Winkfield (pictured)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Correspondences: A Group Exhibition
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In this body of new work, Youngblood reflects on themes of love and loss through her signature multidisciplinary practice that incorporates collage, photography, and referential imagery into her mixed media abstract paintings. Through the inclusion of found objects and photographs from the artist's personal archive, familiar elements from everyday life become decontextualized and isolated. Each painting's surface becomes a landscape precisely created through color and texture to bring these isolated quotidian elements into new focus, as their formal elements become the basis for each abstract composition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Brenna Youngblood: Affection: New Paintings
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Artist Marie Connole re-considers the folklore and customs of the west coast of Ireland. Connole focuses on the mythical Cill Stíopháin, a drowned village in Liscannor Bay that is said to become visible for one day every seven years. It bears a striking resemblance to the fabled islands of Atlantis and Hy-Brasil.Connole distills the essence of this tale, and others from her home place, employing the lens of memory, personal narrative and history. Working with sacred iconography and archetypal symbols, she re-imagines a personal legacy through delicate drawings and watercolors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Marie Connole's As Above, So Below: Drawings and Watercolors
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Sara Magenheimer presents her new video, Best is Man’s Breath Quality, in which an ancient jellyfish suggests how new positions can inform our capabilities to heal. His deep-ocean vantage allows him to comment (through an authoritative voice-over) on a truer spectrum of human behavior seen up above; and his capacity for inflicting pain on human bodies finds parallels in our capacity to embody the more nebulous and unruly forces in life. With performances featuring singing and narration, Magenheimer explores how language mutates and reproduces itself in culture. Creating abstract narratives through vernacular associations, she proposes linguistic turns more empathic than expository. The human voice and sound operate as floating signifiers, addressing the body through the disembodied. Curated by Lumi Tan and Tim Griffin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Video: Sara Magenheimer's I Collect Neglected Venoms
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Evidentiary Realism is a platform featuring artists engaged in investigative, forensic, and documentary art practices. It aims to articulate a particular form of realism in art that portrays and reveals evidence from complex social systems, with prioritizing formal aspects of visual language and mediums. Artists: Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles (pictured), Amy Balkin, Josh Begley, James Bridle, Ingrid Burrington, Harun Farocki, Hans Haacke, Thomas Keenan & Eyal Weizman, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Mark Lombardi, Kirsten Stolle, Suzanne Treister. Curated and organized by Paolo Cirio.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
5:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Group Show: Evidentiary Realism
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After Image, an exhibition featuring the work of Toby Ziegler and Paul Kneale, presents work that occupies the space between the physical and the digital.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, After Image: New Work by Toby Ziegler and Paul Kneale
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From the artist: “As a realist artist working from an abstract reference point, I search for the painting’s essence, to find its inherent visual power. My need to communicate through line, form, texture, and color is overwhelming and literally beyond words. A successful work of art has its own energy that the viewer can feel. I know how I feel when I look at art that moves and inspires, and gives me hope. To embrace the creative spirit is one of the joys of being human.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 2
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, Still Life, Landscape and Figure: Paintings and Monotypes by Cara London
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Extreme Portraits 1970-1999 features approximately 30 gelatin silver prints by California-based Ken Ohara. Ken Ohara (b. 1942) is known as an innovator who expands the boundaries of photographic portraits to the extent that our familiar perceptions of others and ourselves become precarious. While his work has earned international acclaim through numerous exhibitions and publications, this gallery show marks his solo debut in New York, where his career began five decades ago. The exhibition's catalog features an essay by Sally Stein, Professor Emeritus at University of California, Irvine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 2
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, Extreme Portraits 1970-1999: Photographs by Ken Ohara
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With:Rodolfo Abularach (pictured)Mario BencomoPerez CelisAgustin Fernandez
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 7
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 07, 2017, 03/07/2017, Latin Implosion!: A Group Exhibition
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The gallery is proud to present its annual Krappy Kamera exhibition, including the winners of the 2017 International Competition, a group show by gallery artists and a show of Anne Arden McDonald's dreamlike images. The Krappy Kamera Competition originated 19 years ago and is one of the gallery's high points of the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 7
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 07, 2017, 03/07/2017, Photography: Annual Krappy Kamera Competition
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The exhibition features six large-scale drawings and three new sculptures by the French conceptual artist. With this new series of drawings, the artist deepens his radical, lifelong exploration of the line and material. Stretching to seven feet tall, these drawings are the artist’s largest to date. Venet uses graphite, oilstick and collage to create groups of four, five and seven arcs in six different configurations onto a white background.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 9
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 09, 2017, 03/09/2017, Bernar Venet: Arcs: Drawings and Sculptures
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An exhibition of sacred tangka artworks created by internationally acclaimed master artist and tangka painter Karsang Lama from the Dharmapala Thangka Center of Kathmandu in Nepal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Mar 10
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 10, 2017, 03/10/2017, Tibetan Tangkas Today: Masterpieces from the Dharmapala Thangka Center of Kathmandu
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Central to Carlos Bunga’s exhibition is a site-specific installation that emerges from a dialogue with the gallery space. A nearly invisible structure, the installation derives its monumentality from what is not there, encouraging viewers to rethink their experience of space. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 11
5:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 11, 2017, 03/11/2017, Carlos Bunga's Absence: A Site-Specific Installation
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For nearly three centuries, America's libraries not only have served as sanctuaries for social and civic ideals of their moment, but also have been public spaces where all members of the community are invited to learn, study, and contemplate the enduring pursuit of knowledge. From the beneficient libraries of the eighteenth century to the awe-inspiring structures of the twenty-first century, the library represents the heart of American cultural life and acts as momentum to the potential of our civilization.In pre–Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the culture of the nation. Thomas R. Schiff’s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 15
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 15, 2017, 03/15/2017, Photographs: Thomas R. Schiff's The Library Book
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