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Top Exhibitions Opening This Week in New York (February 16-22)

By Olivia Swider

February 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY

Sean Scully: “Landline” at Cheim & Read
February 19–April 4
Opening: February 18, 6–8pm
547 West 25th Street
Begun in 2013, Scully’s Landline series resonates with newfound urgency and freedom. Thick horizontal bands of subtly-layered color provide his compositions with rhythmic pulse, while the interactions between striations of paint bristle with energy.

John Newsom at Marc Straus
February 18–March 22
Opening: February 18, 6–8pm
299 Grand Street
John Newsom is a mid-career painter in full power. Beneath his thick and sensuous painted renderings of flora and fauna, is a grappling with the giants of abstraction. Newsom has honed his own mark-making language, a push and pull of soft and fierce, beautiful and menacing, under-drawing and thick overlays.

THURSDAY

Lynn Hershman Leeson: “Origins of the Species” at Bridget Donahue
February 19–April 5
Opening: February 19, 6–8pm
99 Bowery
Long before the digital revolution and the virtualization of everyday life, Lynn Hershman Leeson created surrogate personas to investigate relationships between humans and technology, and the media’s potential as a tool to counter censorship and political repression.

Joyce Pensato: “Castaway” at Petzel Gallery
February 19–March 28
Opening: February 19, 6–8pm
465 West 18th Street
For this exhibition, Pensato will present a new series of paintings and drawings, as well as premiere digital c-prints of her studio taken by the artist and predominantly comprised of collages on her studio walls.

Alice Neel: “Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1982” at David Zwirner
February 19–April 18
Opening: February 19, 6–8pm
537 West 20th Street
Drawing was a fundamental, stand-alone component of Neel’s practice, persistently pursued alongside painting, for which she is primarily known. As a medium, it enabled her to capture the immediacy of her visual experience—whether in front of her sitters or on the city streets—while also affording her a greater sense of experimentation and informality.

Günther Förg: “Lead Paintings” at Skarstedt
February 19–March 28
Opening: February 19, 6–8pm
20 E 79th Street
This exhibition—remarkably only the third time Förg’s work has been shown in the United States in nearly two decades—will showcase 9 of the artist’s signature paintings on lead, dating from 1986-1990.

Mary Quinn: “Here He Come: Black Jesus” at Rawson Projects
February 19–March 1
Opening: February 19, 6–8pm
221 Madison Street
The exhibition will include the artist’s first video works; new collages on paper; and one of the artist’s largest paintings to date, all conceived as part of a site specific installation.Here He Come: Black Jesus” is the third installment of “A Process Series,” four mini-exhibitions that invite each artist to transform the gallery space in order to present and explore the inspiration behind their most recent work.

FRIDAY

Alan Vega: “Welcome to Wyoming” at Invisible-Exports
February 20 -March 29
Opening: February 20, 6-8pm
89 Eldridge Street
Invisible-Exports presents “Welcome To Wyoming,” an exhibition of new work by Alan Vega―the artist’s first show at the gallery, his first New York exhibition in over a decade, and the first devoted entirely to new work since 1983.

Julia Dault: “Maker’s Mark” at Marianne Boesky Gallery
February 20–March 21
Opening: February 20, 6–8pm
509 West 24th Street
For several years, Dault has created abstract paintings and sculptures that reveal the processes of their own creation. In this exhibition, she continues this exploration of artistic labor, in part through constraining, repeating, or mechanically reproducing her gestures.

SATURDAY

Andrew Kuo and Scott Reeder: “It Gets Beta” at Marlborough Chelsea & Marlborough Broome Street
February 21–March 28
Opening: February 21, 6–8pm
545 West 25th Street & 331 Broome Street
Marlborough Chelsea is excited to present “It Gets Beta,” a two-person exhibition by Andrew Kuo and Scott Reeder. Simultaneously occupying both the 25th Street and Broome Street galleries. In Chelsea, the show includes new paintings by Kuo and new paintings and neon works by Reeder. On the Lower East side, the artists have created collaborative mini nightclub called Thinkers, which is entered through a tiny door at the back of the gallery, and will feature weekly music and performance programming.

SUNDAY

Hayley Silverman: “Unmanned Lander” at Bodega Gallery
February 22–March 29
Opening: February 22, 6–8pm
167 Rivington Street
Bodega Gallery presents “Unmanned Lander,” a solo exhibition of New York City-based artist Hayley Silverman. Silverman has recently exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art, The Art Foundation in Athens, The Venice Biennial, and American Medium in Brooklyn, NY.

Suzanne McClelland: “Call with Information” at Team Gallery
February 22–March 22
Opening: February 22, 6–8pm
47 Wooster Street
Words and numbers serve as the springboard for Suzanne McClelland’s paintings, which seek to occupy the semiotic gap between representation and the represented, between a name and the thing itself. Her practice is born of extensive reading and listening, reflecting upon the resonances and overtones of words and numbers.

Alan VegaAlice NeelAndrew KuoBodega GalleryBridget DonahueCheim & ReadDavid ZwirnerGunther ForgHayley SilvermanInvisible ExportsJohn NewsomJoyce PensatoJulia DaultLynn Hershman LeesonMalborough Broome StreetMarc StrausMarianne BoeskyMarlborough ChelseaMary QuinnPetzel GalleryRawson ProjectsScott ReaderSean ScullySkarstedtSuzanne McClellandTeam Gallery

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