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20 Exhibition Openings at Art Galleries in New York City (NYC)

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.

Opening Reception | Sunless: Sensitive Watercolor Paintings


A solo exhibition by the painter and writer Seth Cameron, his second with the gallery. Chris Marker’s 1983 essay film, “Sunless,” is a rumination on the capacity of images to suspend time, to thwart the drive of narrative toward resolution. The film posits the gaps and misdirections of memory as “things that quicken the heart.” For his exhibition, Cameron locates these moments of aesthetic sublimation through a series of sensitive watercolor paintings, a selection of small-scale oil studies and a personal essay presented on a large folding screen. Seth Cameron (b. 1982, South Carolina) is a painter and writer. He worked as the Creative Director for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, curating the exhibition A Knock at the Door…, which examined First Amendment issues in the arts in the aftermath of the Patriot Act. Meanwhile he co-founded The Bruce High Quality Foundation, an artist collective masquerading as an artist’s foundation, producing unsanctioned public interventions, musical theater performances, zombie films and myriad other nose-thumbing commentaries on the art world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 20
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Sunless: Sensitive Watercolor Paintings

Opening Reception | Design by Time: 22 International Designers Depict Time


The show features twenty-two international designers depicting time and its dynamic effects in fashion, furniture, textiles, vessels, and more. Their creativity results in objects that serve as concrete embodiments of life itself. This exhibition of fashion, furniture, textiles, vessels and more includes designers who depict time and its dynamic effects in their work to serve as concrete embodiments of life itself. Representing an international field, these designers go beyond the conventional intention of design––to give functional objects a visually arresting reality. Their analytic formal processes are partnered with natural phenomena, chemical and physical forces; while time-based acts such as performance and drawing are magnified to serve as collaborators in the design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 21
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Design by Time: 22 International Designers Depict Time

Opening Reception | Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Kultur Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact


An exhibition that examines the mind and career of R. Crumb, an American cartoonist and musician. His work displays a nostalgia for American folk culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and satire of contemporary American culture. The exhibition will feature a wide array of printed matter culled from the artist’s archive: tear sheets of drawings and comics, taken directly from the publications where the works first appeared, as well as related ephemera. These often fragile works on paper will be installed across the walls of the gallery. Further illuminating Crumb’s practice, the show will also feature a selection of rare sketchbooks and original drawings by the artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Feb 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Kultur Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact

Opening Reception | Edward Dugmore: Topography of Body and Land / Paintings and Drawings from 1969


The exhibition catalogue includes an essay written by David Anfam, curator at the Clyfford Still Museum and the foremost scholar of Abstract Expressionism. In describing the paintings' relationship to nature, Anfam writes: "They bulk massy as a mountain range, sounding a poetic and strangely reassuring note – as telluric forms sprung from time immemorial should be."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 21
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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Edward Dugmore: Topography of Body and Land / Paintings and Drawings from 1969

Opening Reception | Names will never hurt me: Three-Dimensional Works on Paper


An exhibition of new three-dimensional works on paper by Hilary Berseth. This intimate presentation of sculptural objects is the artist’s fourth exhibition with the gallery and underscores his formal interests in nature, materiality, structure, and perception. Berseth meticulously arranges pencil drawings in three dimensions to create hybrid sculptural works that play with the two-dimensional limitations of the paper. The suite includes constructions with precise rendering and shading to create planar trompe l’oeil objects, such as "Cleaved Slates Stacked" (2017-2018), in which graphite-shaded paper could be mistaken for weathered stones, stacked and balanced around an impossible center of gravity. Hilary Berseth (b. 1979) lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His work has been included exhibitions such as Beyond Human at the Peabody Essex Museum, MA; and Wax: Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture at Kunsforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen. Reviews and articles on his work have appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and The Village Voice, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 21
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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Names will never hurt me: Three-Dimensional Works on Paper

Opening Reception | Stained Glass Cliff: Women's Power in Times of Crisis and Risk


A new series of paintings by Jackie Gendel. Casting a sense of peril and irony upon Gendel’s occasional play with planar and divisionist models of painting, the exhibition's title refers to “glass cliff.” The term, coined in 2005 by British professors Michelle K. Ryan and Alexander Haslam, describes a common practice in which women are only promoted to positions of power in times of crisis and risk. Gendel’s usage charges the expression, suggesting an invisible precipice that mirrors the angularity, transparency, and fragmentary quality found in many of her paintings. Jackie Gendel (b. 1973, Houston, TX) was first seen at this gallery in the group exhibition Painting Forward (2016). Since 2000, she has participated in numerous group shows. Gendel’s solo exhibitions include shows with Jeff Bailey, New York (2013, 2012, 2010, 2006); Loyal Gallery, Malmö (2012); Moti Hasson, New York (2008); and Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston (2004, 2002).  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 21
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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Stained Glass Cliff: Women's Power in Times of Crisis and Risk

Opening Reception | The Young and Evil: Significant Works from the First Half of 20th Century


A group exhibition featuring significant works from the first half of the twentieth century by Paul Cadmus, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, Charles Henri Ford, Jared French, Margaret Hoening French, George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Tooker, Jensen Yow, and their circle. This group of artists and writers looked away from abstraction toward older sources and models—classical and archaic forms of figuration and Renaissance techniques. What might be seen as a reactionary aesthetic maneuver was made in the service of radical content—endeavoring to depict their own lives. Drawn from important public and private collections, key works include a painting from Paul Cadmus’s infamous sailor trilogy, Shore Leave (1933), on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art; a major canvas by Pavel Tchelitchew featuring vignettes of George Platt Lynes at work; rare paintings by Margaret French and works on paper by Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein; and never-before-seen erotic drawings and photographs from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 21
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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, The Young and Evil: Significant Works from the First Half of 20th Century

Opening Reception | Wisdom Fertilizer: Self-Actualization Amid Social Upheaval


Video artist Alicia Mersy presents her most recent series. Through satirical engagement with new age YouTube self-help coaching videos, popular news media, clip art, and commercial graphic aesthetics, Mersy reflects on the terrors of late capitalism and militarized border control. The fou- part series considers the possibilities for self actualization within the context of socio-political upheaval. Alicia Mersy is a new media artist and filmmaker. She was born and raised in Montreal, originally French and Lebanese. She has been exhibited internationally in spaces like The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TLV, Israel), The Migros Museum of Contemporary Art (Zurich, Switzerland). She creates space for conversations, through video, digital images and photography within the themes of self representation, social politics, class guilt politics, race, focusing on the resistance of repressive structures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 21
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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Wisdom Fertilizer: Self-Actualization Amid Social Upheaval

Opening Reception | Aperture Photographs: Evolution of a Foundation


Aperture Photographs follows the evolution of Aperture Foundation through a showcase of photographs from its print and fundraising programs, made over a period of fifty years. The limited-edition print program began in 1967 under Michael Hoffman, Minor White’s successor as director and publisher of Aperture. Working in collaboration with Paul Strand and Edward Steichen, Hoffman launched the program with a new edition of Strand’s Mexican Portfolio and a series of hand-pulled photogravure prints made under the supervision of the artists. The works on view chart the progression of photography itself, presenting prints from the founding photographers of Aperture—Minor White, Edward Weston, Barbara Morgan, and Dorothea Lange—to contemporary innovators in the medium, such as Tyler Mitchell, the first Black photographer hired to shoot a cover story for American Vogue. In between are some of the most significant photographers of each decade, representing seminal books in Aperture’s publication history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 21
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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Aperture Photographs: Evolution of a Foundation

Opening Reception | Beginning, End, None: Life and Capitalism


In the video installation Beginning, End, None, Hannah Black takes as a thematic starting point the classic high school biology analogy of the cell as a “factory.” The video installation dwells in and explores the oppressive aura of that comparison, which implicitly naturalizes the factory and commodifies the cell. While biotech has now made the analogy real by treating cells as sites of production, the mess of living still disrupts attempts to fuse life itself to capitalist abstractions. Using a mix of found, personal, and laboratory footage, Black explores the leakiness of metaphoric and real transmissions between concepts of biology and society. The video combines specialized imaging techniques used by labs to examine cells; personal videos and audio recordings from her phone, and other found footage, into something like a disaggregated essay film. Hannah Black is an artist and writer from the UK, currently living in New York. She works in video, sculpture, installation and performance. Recent solo and collaborative shows include: Aeter at Eden Eden in Berlin, aNXIETINa at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva, Some Context at the Chisenhale Gallery in London, I Need Help at Real Fine Arts in New York and Small Room at mumok in Vienna.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 22
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2019, 02/22/2019, Beginning, End, None: Life and Capitalism

Opening Reception | Incubate: A Fantastical Installation


Shih Chieh Huang’s fantastical installation – in which an octopus-like creature, crafted from whirring and blinking electronics, kryptonite-colored goo, and plastic bags, waves comically – and sometimes suggestively. It’s an installation that poignantly confuses the wonder inspired by mysterious creatures and deep space with the mesmerizing effects of technology. Shih Chieh Huang, a Ted Fellow in 2014, has exhibited his sculptures and installations at the 55th Venice Biennial Glasstress, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial Japan, Experimenta Biennial of Media Art Melbourne, Busan Biennial, Aichi Triennial Japan, 52nd Venice Biennial Taiwan Pavilion, Biennial Zero1 San Jose, Biennial Cuvée in Austria, the ARC Biennial Australia, and MOCA Shanghai.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Feb 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 23, 2019, 02/23/2019, Incubate: A Fantastical Installation

Opening Reception | Ification: Work Made on Flights


Nina Katchadourian's exhibition includes selections from her recent traveling museum retrospective Curiouser, organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Central to the exhibition is an extensive ongoing body of work made in-flight on airplanes using only a cell phone and found materials. The exhibition is the first comprehensive showing of in New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Feb 24
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 24, 2019, 02/24/2019, Ification: Work Made on Flights

Opening Reception | Alice Neel: Freedom: One of the Foremost American Figurative Painters


Alice Neel: Freedom will include a selection of paintings and significant works on paper by Alice Neel (1900-1984). With a range of works spanning her career, this exhibition focuses primarily on Neel's portrayal of the nude figure and the ways in which the artist resolutely challenged traditional perceptions of sexuality, motherhood, and beauty. One of the foremost American figurative painters of the twentieth century, Neel was a humanist—she was fascinated by people. She loved to paint them in all their complexities—to penetrate and reveal their fears and anxieties, their defiance and survival. She also loved to paint the unadorned human figure. Her nudes explore the body with frankness while celebrating the individuality of each of her subjects, and they exemplify the freedom and courage with which she approached her work and her life. In their mastery of form, color, and implied social commentary, her nudes are as relevant today as when they were painted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 26
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Opening Receptions, February 26, 2019, 02/26/2019, Alice Neel: Freedom: One of the Foremost American Figurative Painters

Opening Reception | Interior Life: Intimate Spaces


An exhibition of new works by artist Derrick Adams. Inspired by a tenet of Catholic theology that describes "a life which seeks God in everything,” Interior Life is a mediation on the intimate spaces of one’s mind and home, each an analog for the other. The exhibition includes new portraits on paper from the artist’s ongoing Deconstruction Worker series, installed on custom wallpaper depicting imaginary domestic environments. Adams’ spatial exploration of the relationship between the intimate and the infinite finds an ideal setting at Luxembourg & Dayan’s New York gallery, which resides in the second smallest townhouse in Manhattan. Adams’ artistic mission to devise spaces for his figures is advanced by a sophisticated and highly personalized architectural vocabulary. The fundamental processes and presentation strategies of architecture are important in his work: floor plans, elevations, sections, renderings, and construction all perform as developmental states in what he has described as “non-traditional aerial landscape portraits.” His Deconstruction Worker series consists of deftly collaged, kaleidoscopically geometric human figures that appear to live in concurrent states of atomization and coalescence. These angular constructed images of urban dwellers and the worlds that surround—and shape and reflect—their daily lives, suggest that human beings’ carefully created physical environments are replete with the invisible force of the soul. Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, and sound, as well as painting and sculpture. His artistic practice is rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the ways in which human ideals become attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols, and ideologies. Adams’ work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring the shape-shifting force of popular culture on self-image and forward projection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 26
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Opening Receptions, February 26, 2019, 02/26/2019, Interior Life: Intimate Spaces

Opening Reception | Sherrie Levine: After Reinhardt


Levine’s work engages many of the core tenets of postmodern art, in particular challenging notions of originality, authenticity, and identity. Levine rose to prominence as a member of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists based in New York in the late 1970s and 1980s whose work examined the structures of signification underlying mass-circulated images—and, in many cases, directly appropriated these images in order to imbue them with new, critically inflected meaning. Since then, Levine has created a singular and complex body of work in a variety of media (including photography, painting, and sculpture) that often explicitly reproduces artworks and motifs from the Western art-historical canon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 28
5:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 28, 2019, 02/28/2019, Sherrie Levine: After Reinhardt

Opening Reception | Found and Ready: 3 Sculptors


An exhibition featuring sculptures by Alexis Dahan, Tom Sachs and Aaron Young. The title echoes the idea of “ready-made” which describes the phenomenon of placing a mass produced object into an art context. Since Duchamp, this definition has evolved and has been relabeled with the trope “found-object”. This exhibition takes the term “found-object” literally and explores variations of this method when applied to elements that can be found on the streets of New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 28, 2019, 02/28/2019, Found and Ready: 3 Sculptors

Opening Reception | Pain Relief: Squelching Suffering


Joanne Ungar's solo exhibition features large-scale pigmented waxworks which embed evidence of current available methods to relieve physical or mental suffering. All the artwork in this show contains boxes for products that deliver pain relief, items for either numbing ourselves or for altering our reality. Among these items are alchohol, OTC medications, Rx medications, confections, cosmetics, and digital toys. These poured wax paintings are composed with the geometric forms of recycled packaging, and layered and infused with pigmented wax. Ungar's complex sense of color transforms base patterns through multiple luminous strata of graded hues, overlaid with controlled density to either obscure or reveal the accumulated layered color. Her luminous wax paintings are created with refined, purified beeswaxes and commercial grade paraffins with very high melting points, creating work that is archival and stable.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Mar 1
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Opening Receptions, March 01, 2019, 03/01/2019, Pain Relief: Squelching Suffering

Opening Reception | Courting Incoherence: Remaking the Real


The human figures living within Joshua Meyer's canvases are beautifully unresolved. Thick layers of paint work to articulate fleeting forms, flirting with realism, but ultimately approaching and confronting the limits of our knowledge. Meyer's constant making and remaking of the real is undergirded by his remarkable ability to implicate the viewer in the creative process. As each composition's single, central figure dematerializes from a dense nest of brushstrokes into a pictorial space on the edge of abstraction, the audience is invited to play an active role in reconstructing the progressively open images. But at the heart of each canvas there is also a vulnerability.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 2
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Opening Receptions, March 02, 2019, 03/02/2019, Courting Incoherence: Remaking the Real

Opening Reception | Off Balance: Feminine Forms and Minimalistic Ones


This body of work represents a balancing act between overtly feminine forms and minimalistic ones. The pieces are not even, stable, or correctly proportioned. They are vulnerable and fragile in appearance with imagery evoking bones, trees, and fertility figures. Line rather than mass is the predominant consideration in this work. Modigliani and Matisse impart inspiration. All the pieces are made with light weight materials allowing the balance point to be small. In this exhibition, Jo-Ann Brody explores papièr maché and the addition of color as well as continuing with cement. Many of the papièr maché torsos are remade from previous work, reshaped, reimagined with thinner faces, arms/hands, more acute angles. By manipulating the figures and distorting them, the women grow stronger and emotionally truer. The sensory experiences explodes into color. Brody’s typical vocabulary includes elongated figures grouped. The cement figures are intended to create a “forest of women.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 7
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Opening Receptions, March 07, 2019, 03/07/2019, Off Balance: Feminine Forms and Minimalistic Ones

Opening Reception | Erik Madigan Heck: A Master of Color and Pattern


Erik Madigan Heck is a master of color and pattern. He is an artist who uses fashion photography as a vehicle for his art and as a point of departure, elevating fashion photography to fine art. He photographs with a painter’s eye and his vision produces work of rare beauty. With a palette of highly saturated color, he creates flattened figures often combining and overlaying patterns to produce vivid, almost Japanese imagery. The work is always lit by natural light. Frequently the model’s back is to the camera or her face is not visible, drawing attention to the composition, patterns, color and textures. Erik Madigan Heck was born in Excelsior, Minnesota in 1983. His work appears in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. He has been the recipient of many awards including the ICP Infinity Award. He lives and works in Connecticut and New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 21
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Opening Receptions, March 21, 2019, 03/21/2019, Erik Madigan Heck: A Master of Color and Pattern
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