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Top Exhibitions This Week in New York (January 12–18)

By Olivia Swider

January 15, 2015


Djordje Ozbolt: “More painting about poets and food” at Hauser & Wirth
January 14–February 21
Opening: January 14, 6–8pm
32 East 69th Street
Based in London since the mid-1990s, Ozbolt is a voracious traveler and exoticist whose work wistfully ransacks cultures, traditions, curiosities, and epochs. Collapsing the narratives of his paintings and sculptures into solitary images, Ozbolt creates mysterious and often macabre imagery that persistently conflates traditional European genres–of portraiture, still life, landscape, and history painting–with motifs sourced from Christianity, African and Asian art, and cultural stereotypes, all overlaid with the artist’s signature sharp wit.


Erik van Lieshout: “I am in Heaven” at Anton Kern Gallery
January 15–February 28
Opening: January 15, 6–8pm
532 West 20th Street
The Rotterdam-based artist presents new drawings and a large-scale sculptural installation that doubles as a cinema for viewing his new feature film, WORK.

Assaf Shaham at Yossi Milo Gallery
January 15–February 21
Opening: January 15, 5–8pm
245 Tenth Avenue
Assaf Shaham draws attention to the divide between perception and reality in still and moving images. Recognizing the obeying prescribed roles of artist, camera and subject, limits the possibility of representing reality, his work attempts to break down and reconfigure these roles.

Tal R: “Altstadt Girl” at Cheim & Read
January 15–February 14
Opening: January 15, 6–8pm
547 West 25th Street
For the past two years, Tal R has been drawing women in confined interior spaces–hotel rooms, bedrooms, corridors, in the shower, and in front of mirrors. Though carefully chosen, his subjects are strangers and casual acquaintances.

Titus Kaphar: “Drawing the Blinds” & “Asphalt and Chalk” at Jack Shainman Gallery
January 15–February 21
Opening: January 15, 6–8pm
513 West 20th Street & 524 West 24th Street
Titus Kaphar’s first solo exhibition with Jack Shainman will presented in two parts. A survey of new paintings, “Drawing the Blinds,” will be installed at the 513 West 20th Street location while an extension of The Jerome Project entitled “Asphalt and Chalk” will include drawings and paintings at the 524 West 24th Street space.

“January” at Mixed Greens
January 15–February 14
Opening: January 15, 6–8pm
531 West 26th Street
Mixed Greens presents a group exhibition of abstract painting by Zander Blom, Vince Contarino, Elise Ferguson, Angela Hoener, Marisa Manso, Julie Oppermann, Suzanne Song, and Rebecca Ward. The works engage in an ongoing dialogue between contemporary artists in the field of abstraction that range from formal concerns to the actual process of painting and its materiality.

“Crunchy” at Marianne Boesky Gallery
January 15–February 21
Opening: January 15, 6–8pm
118 East 64th Street
For this show, the organizers, Clayton Press and Gregory Linn, relied upon Colchester’s concept of “crunchiness” as a point of departure to challenge common expectations about how paintings are made and what they convey. Artists include Andisheh Avini, Anna Betbeze, Heather Cook, Ethan Greenbaum, Adam Henry, Kathleen Jacobs, Jutta Koether, Jason Matthew Lee, Anthony Pearson, Michael Rey, and Borna Sammak.


Tomi Ungerer: “All in One” at The Drawing Center
January 16–March 22
35 Wooster Street
Tomi Ungerer is best known as the aware winning author and illustrator of such beloved 1960s children’s classics as The Three Robbers (1963) and Moon Man (1967). But the virtuoso draftsman—who was born in Alsace, France, in 1831, and who currently resides in a remote part of Ireland near Cork—is much more than this.

Philip Taaffe at Luhring Augustine
January 17–April 26
Opening: January 16, 6–8pm
25 Knickerbocker, Brooklyn
The exhibition, the artist’s second solo show with the gallery, continues to reveal Taaffe as an alchemist of form, process, and imagery, while remaining a thoroughly modern painter of complex and thought–provoking paintings.

Mike Nelson at 303 Gallery
January 17–February 21
Opening: January 17, 6–8
507 West 24th Street
Nelson will present “Gang of Seven,” a collection of sculptural assemblages made of material from the North West Pacific Coast. The work revisits and expands upon themes and forms Nelson introduced in “The Amnesiacs” in 1997, in which a group of imaginary outsiders gather and wantonly shift through natural and cultural detritus, rearranging it and approaching dark phenomenological truths along the way.

303 GalleryAdam HenryAndisheh AviniAngela HoenerAnna BetbezeAnthony PearsonAnton Kern GalleryAssaf ShahamBorna SammakCheim & ReadClayton PressDjordje OzboltElise FergusonErik van LieshoutEthan GreenbaumGregory LinnHauser & WirthHeather CookJack ShainmanJason Matthew LeeJulie OppermannJutta KoetherKathleen JacobsLuhring AugustineMarianne BoeskyMarisa MansoMichael ReyMike NelsonMixed GreensOlivia SwiderPhilip TaaffeeRebecca WardSuzanne SongTal RThe Drawing CenterTitus KapharTomi UngererVince ContarinoWhitewallYossi MiloZander Blom


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