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Top Exhibitions Opening This Week in New York (March 2–8)

By Olivia Swider

March 6, 2015

Tatiana Trouvé: “Studies for Desire Lines” at Gagosian Gallery
March 3–April 25
821 Park Avenue
“Desire Lines” speaks not only to Frederick Law Olmstead’s vision of planned wilderness for Central Park and its evolution—the term itself is used in urban design to describe the incidental tracks and alternative routes that emerge over time in relation to designated paths in a landscape—but also to the imagination of the thousands of people who enjoy the park daily.

WEDNESDAY

“Work Hard: Selections by Valentin Carron” at the Swiss Institute
March 4–May 24
18 Wooster Street
“Work Hard,” the graffiti message enhancing this Lausanne public sculpture from 1945 by Pierre Blanc is the title of Swiss Institute’s latest exhibition and curatorial debut of celebrated artist Valentin Carron. Carron who represented Switzerland at the 2013 Venice Biennale, selects an exceptional range of seminal artworks combining his key homegrown influences and inspiring contemporaries.

“The Radiants” at Bortolami
February 28–March 28
520 West 20th Street
Bortolami presents “The Radiants,” a group exhibition featuring over 20 participating artists including Richard Aldrich, Robert Barry, Leidy Churchman, Jutta Koether, Sam Lewitt, Sigmar Polke, Amy Sillman and Anicka Yi.

THURSDAY

“Enigmas: Martin Barré, David Ostrowski, Julian Schnabel, Reena Spauldings” at Andrea Rosen Gallery
March 6–April 25
525 West 24th Street
Despite the word’s initial loftiness, it offers a precise entrée into a specific set of problems that many artists face when creating pictorial work. This exhibition hopes to explore the ways artist both physically and metaphorically create credible “imprints” or gestures at the same time that they generate a sanctioning belief in their various approaches to mark–making.

Mao Yan at Pace Gallery
March 6–April 4
534 West 25th Street
The exhibition features fourteen new paintings by one of China’s most revered portrait artists and will be the first time his work has been exhibited publicly in New York. Mao Yan contends with the history of portraiture in his work, interpreting figures and faces through a subjective language steeped in the technical formalism he developed while studying in Beijing in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“The Painter of Modern Life” at Anton Kern Gallery
March 5–April 11
532 West 20th Street
The exhibition may be thought to ask, what is modern life? Or rather, what has it become? In what ways do we translate and make sense of the world around us, our sense of place and displacement in the everyday? Manet was a painter of modern life in Baudelaire’s time. On Kawara was a painter of modern life in ours. How do we navigate this not inconsiderable distance?

FRIDAY

Keith Boadwee: “Poppies” at Shoot The Lobster
March 6–March 29
138 Eldridge Street
Over the past three decades, Keith Boadwee has integrated photography, painting and performance in a prolific pursuit of the pure joy of uninhibited expressive creativity coming in from the place of radical queerness and sexual liberty.

SATURDAY

Ernesto Klar: “Invisible Disparities” at Postmasters
March 7–April 11
Opening: March 7, 5:30–8pm
54 Franklin Street
Postmasters presents Invisible Disparities, a multi–faceted project of Venezuelan artist Ernesto Klar. Truly epic in its scope, “Invisible Disparities” proposes an experimental montage of cultural history, a reading temporality in our material world.

Rafaël Rozendaal: “Haiku” at Postmasters
March 7–April 11
Opening: March 7, 5:30–8pm
54 Franklin Street
Rozendaal’s art, be it his websites, his installations, or his animations, are always about focus, locating an essence of a thought or an image. For this show all it takes is a color and a font. The exhibition is accompanied by a $10 book of almost one hundred haiku.

Ericka Beckman: “You The Better” at Mary Boone
March 7–April 25
Opening: March 7, 6–8pm
541 West 24th Street
“You The Better” features an early film work of the same name. Created in 1983, the film was premiered at the New York Film Festival and shown at The Kitchen in 1984, but never exhibited in New York as a fully developed installation.

Andrea Rosen GalleryAnton Kern GalleryBortolamiDavid Ostrowskiericka beckmanErnesto KlarsGagosian GalleryJulian SchnabelMao YanMartin BarréMary BoonePace GalleryPostmastersReena Spauldingsshoot the lobsterSwiss InstituteTatiana TrouvéValentin Carron

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