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Polvo Portraits I (Seascape Series)
Oil on canvas and paint set triptych
72 x 54 cm 12.2 x 20.08 x 3.15 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Photo by Jaime Acioli

Top Exhibitions Opening This Week in New York (April 21–27)

By Olivia Swider

April 24, 2014


Justin Matherly at Paula Cooper Gallery
April 22 – May 23
197 Tenth Avenue
Known for his large-scale cast concrete sculptures referencing Hellenistic or Roman statuary, Matherly presents new small-scale abstract works. Elements from crutches and walkers are cut, reassembled, and contorted into various shapes, with cast concrete forms accreting around the metal and acting as misshapen connectors or nodes.


Lothar Baumgarten at Marian Goodman Gallery
April 23 – June 14
24 West 57th Street
Baumgarten has developed a diverse yet consistent body of work over the last four decades, which is centered on ethnography and anthropology.


Pierre Soulages at Dominique Lévy and Galerie Perrotin
April 24 – June 27
Opening: April 24, 6-8pm
909 Madison Avenue
This exhibition will present a group of new large-scale paintings that reveal the rigor and atemporal power of a 94-year old master known as “the painter of black and light.” Born in 1919, Soulages is among the few artists still at work from the explosive postwar period when New York City emerged as the center of the art world, the place where American innovation and European traditions collided and coalesced into a new dominant school of gestural painting.

Chaim Soutine: “Life in Death” at Paul Kasmin Gallery
April 24 – June 14
515 West 27th Street
This exhibition will focus on the artist’s still life paintings, most often depicting slaughtered carcasses of hares and fowl – images of death and dying. The works pulsate with vibrancy and energy, as paint and brushstrokes resonate with life.

Adriana Varejão: “Polvo” at Lehmann Maupin
April 24 – June 21
540 West 26th Street
Adriana Varejão’s newest body of work, “Polvo,” expands her exploration of miscegenation—the mixture of races—with a series of self-portraits that highlights the spectrum of interracial identity in Brazil, where historically race has assumed a social and cultural function.

Oscar Murillo: “A Mercantile Novel” at David Zwirner
April 24 – June 28
Opening: April 24, 6-8pm
519 West 19th Street
With his exhibition “A Mercantile Novel,” Oscar Murillo will recreate a candy-making factory inside the New York gallery in collaboration with Colombina, the premier food company in Colombia. Founded in Murillo’s hometown of La Paila in the early twentieth century, Colombina has a strong history and connection with the artist, who was born in 1986 and moved with his parents to the United Kingdom in the 1990s.

Guillermo Kuitca: “This Way” at Sperone Westwater
April 24 – June 21
257 Bowery
Kuitca’s new paintings incorporate classic subject matter such as fragmentation and cartography with dynamic rhythms, most dramatically evidenced by Untitled, 2014, a room-like structure measuring approximately 8 ½ x 10 x 7 ½ feet. This major installation developed organically from an experience in the artist’s studio. While working large scale, Kuitca felt that the geometric shapes necessitated an expansion beyond the borders of the canvas.


Sarah Charlesworth: Objects of Desire: 1983-1988” at Maccarone
April 25 – June 21
Opening: April 25, 6-8pm
630 Greenwich Street
“Objects of Desire” is a five-part extended series that explores the iconography of popular culture and the desires and values it supports. Sub-series focus on the color and formal attributes of specific cultural arenas.


Meschac Gaba at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
April 26 – June 7
Opening: April 26, 6-8pm
521 West 21st Street
Living between the Netherlands and Benin, his birthplace in West Africa, Gaba has investigated the concept of cultural identity along with exchanges between Africa and the Western world for more than fifteen years. At once critical and lighthearted, his work challenges codes of identity and systems of value by playfully renegotiating relationships between first and third works, the local and the global, art and the everyday.

Sam Moyer: “More Weight” at Rachel Uffner Gallery
April 26 – June 8
Opening: April 26, 6-8pm
170 Suffolk Street
For her third solo show at the gallery, Moyer will present a series of works that shift dramatically in scale, material, and perception, while continuing her interest in the ‘in-betweens’ of genre; obscuring distinctions between drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture.

John Powers: “+time” at Postmasters Gallery
April 26 – June 7
Opening: April 26, 5-8pm
54 Franklin Street
For the month of May, sculptor John Powers will use Postmasters Gallery as a studio, and combine his strategies of temporary public work and permanent studio work. Beginning with raw material, an entire show will develop daily. Working simultaneously in polystyrene, steel, plywood, paper and phenolic resin blocks.

Adriana VarejãoChaim SoutineDavid ZwirnerDominique Levy GalleryGalerie PerrotinGuillermo KuitcaJohn PowersJustin MarleyLehmann MaupinLothar BaumgartenMaccaroneMarian Goodman GalleryMeschac GabaOscar MurilloPaul Kasmin GalleryPaula Cooper GalleryPierre SoulagesPostmasters GalleryRachel Uffner GallerySam MoyerSarah CharlesworthSperone WestwaterTanya Bonakdar Gallery


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