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Top Exhibitions Opening This Week in New York (January 26–February 1)

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“Beautiful Beast” at Wilkinson Gallery, New York Academy of Art
January 27–March 8
Opening: February 3, 6-8pm
111 Franklin Street
This dynamic and interdisciplinary show explores the relationship between beauty and abjection through the lens of the grotesque with works by Barry X Ball, Monica Cook, Gehard Demetz, Lesley Dill, Richard Dupont, Eric Fischl, Judy Fox, Folkert de Jong, Elizabeth King, Mark Mennin, Evan Penny, Patricia Piccinini, Rona Pondick, Jeanne Silverthorne, Kiki Smith and Robert Taplin.


Liz Nielsen: “Wolf Moon” at Denny Gallery
January 29–March 8
Opening: January 29, 6-8pm
261 Broome Street’
Liz Nielsen’s work is a contemporary application of one of the best known and most engaging avant-garde photographic processes, the photogram, whereby an image is created without a camera by placing objects directly onto photographic paper and exposing them to light.

Vera Lutter at Gagosian Gallery
January 29–March 7
Opening: January 29, 6-8pm
976 Madison Avenue
Inspired by New York’s light, architecture, and perpetual state of flux, Lutter turned to photography in the early 1990s as a means to record the continuously changing cityscape. To capture an immediate and direct imprint of her surroundings, she transformed her apartment into a large pinhole camera, employing the space that contained her personal experience as the apparatus that would document it.

“Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Saturo Hoshino” at Dominique Lévy
January 29–April 11
909 Madison Avenue
This exhibition places a group of more than 15 important abstract paintings made over the course of the fifty-year career of legendary Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga, in dialogue with a series of works from the 1990s by Satoru Hoshino, a prominent member of the avant-garde postwar Japanese ceramics group Sodeisha, the “Crawling through Mud Association,” founded by Kazuo Yagi (1918-1979) in Kyoto.

Nancy Graves at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
January 29–March 7
Opening: January 29, 6-8pm
534 West 26th Street
On the 20th anniversary of her death, the show presents work from the first half of her artistic career 1969 to 1982, and features painting, drawing, sculpture, and film.


Alec Soth: “Songbook” at Sean Kelly
January 30–March 14
Opening: January 29, 6-8pm
475 Tenth Avenue
Sean Kelly presents Songbook , and exhibition of over twenty-five new, monumental black and white photographs by Alec Soth. This will be the Minnesota based artist’s first solo exhibition in New York since Broken Manual in 2012 and his first exhibition in the gallery’s new space.

Hugo McCloud: “Palindrome” at Sean Kelly
January 30–March 14
Opening: January 29, 6-8pm
475 Tenth Avenue
For his solo exhibition with Sean Kelly, McCloud has created eleven new, abstract works, mixing unconventional industrial materials—aluminum sheeting, silver aluminum butane paint, and black liquid tar—with traditional pigment and woodblock printing techniques.


“17th Annual Postcards From the Edge” at Luhring Augustine
January 30–February 1
531 West 24th Street
Luhring Augustine hosts for the second year in a row Visual Aids Postcards From the Edge, the organization’s first annual benefit event of the year of 2015. Widely known as one of Visual AIDS’ most exciting benefits, Postcards From the Edge provides an opportunity for the public to purchase original pieces of postcard-sized artwork by both established and emerging artists for only $85 each.

Katy Moran at Andrea Rosen Gallery
January 30–February 28
Opening: January 30, 6-8pm
525 West 24th Street
Reaffirming her eloquently unique territory, Moran’s newest body of paintings reflects the artist’s ongoing concentration, iconoclastic visual sensibility, and rigorous formal complexity through a dynamic interweaving of representation and abstraction, figuration and narrative, texture and space.



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