Your Concise New York Art Guide for April 2021
April is set to be a strong month for solo shows, especially those dedicated to women artists (and we love to see it). From the first look at Alice Neel’s New York Museum in decades to Julie Mehretu’s research in Whitney, there is much to study.
But unfortunately, we are still in a panorama (or pandemic, if you want to be all scientific about it), so do not forget your masks and make these appointments where needed.
—Dessane Lopez Cassell
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By Silvia Prieto (1999), p. Martín Rejtman (courtesy of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical)
When: until April 12, 2021
Where: Movie at Lincoln Center (online)
Co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical, Neighboring Scenes offers an exciting selection of nine Latin American films from 2020, as well as the 1999 comedy Silvia Prieto, directed by Martín Rejtman and recently renovated by the Museo del Cine and EYE Museum. Two free speeches, with Rejman and Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo, the Brazilian directors who directed “All the Dead Ones”, will accompany the screening.
View of Julie Mehretu’s installation, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2021 (left to right: “Retopistics, A Renegade Excavation” (2001); “Stadia II” (2004); “Dispersion” (2002); title “2” (2001); “Mogamma, A Painting in Four Parts” (2012) (courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art)
When: until August 8
Where: Whitney Museum (99 Gansevoort St, Meatpacking, Manhattan)
The gigantic but intricate multi-layered abstractions updated by contemporary social concerns, from urban unrest to climate change, have surpassed the walls in Julie Mehretu’s powerful career research medium, which travels to the Whitney Museum from the Los Angeles Museum of Art. The exhibition covers more than 20 years of the renowned artist’s ever-evolving practice, with thirty paintings and forty works on paper, as well as an insightful film of Mehretu in the work, shot by fellow artist Tacita Dean.
View of Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves installation: x in florxal is silent when it speaks, Artists Space, 2021 (courtesy of Artists Space, New York; photo by Filip Wolak)
When: until May 1
Where: by appointment at Artists Space (11 Cortlandt Alley, Tribeca, Manhattan)
At Artists Space, a solo show of the work by Pushcart’s aspiring poet Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves features collages, drawings, photographs and a specific location that includes, among others, various crystals, a knight figurine and a series of living plants human names. The exhibition expands on important issues in Greaves’s ethnobotanical literary criticism magazine, The Florxal Review.
Yayoi Kusama, “Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity” (2017), mirrors, acrylics, glass, LED, wood panels (courtesy of the New York Botanical Garden)
When: April 10 – October 31
Where: New York Botanical Gardens (2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx)
This long-awaited exhibition, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, features indoor and outdoor installations by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, spanning 250 acres of New York Botanical Gardens. The show will feature a variety of works of art from Kusama throughout his career, including botanical sketches, and will debut in four new pieces, including the artist’s first “elimination greenhouse” and a six-legged pumpkin sculpture.
Allison Janae Hamilton, “Once Again In the Pine Trees” (2021), with signature and ink date (reverse), pigment archive, image dimensions: 40 x 60 inches, frame: 40 7/8 x 60 7/8 inches. version 5 plus 2 AP (image courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery)
When: until April 24
Where: Marianne Boesky Gallery
For her first solo show with the gallery, Hamilton continues to explore the creation of legends in the southern United States, the area that her families have long called home. Introducing a new body of photographs and sculptures, A Romance explores the tensions between the colonial heritages, the ongoing environmental exploitation and the Eden narratives that were once used to justify the violent expansion into the area.
Rindon Johnson, “Last year’s Coeval Proposition # 2, Atlantic, or you look very good, you look like you never thought anything happened, or a weak one” (2021), real-time portrait painting, projectors, platform, computer ( courtesy image Sculpture Center)
When: until August 2
Where: with reservation at SculptureCenter (44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, Queens)
In his first solo show at the museum, Berlin-based interdisciplinary artist and author Ridon Johnson, perhaps best known for his virtual reality artwork, presents a sculptural representation of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid and a visualization of the data. in a North Atlantic area particularly affected by climate change, halfway between the Sculpture Center and the Chisenhale Gallery, London, where an accompanying exhibition will follow in November. Elsewhere in the museum, the SculptureCenter’s annual open group show, In Practice, includes works on grief and editing by a team of emerging artists.
Lucía Vidales, “Fickle” (2020), oil and rubber on canvas, 20 x 15.50 inches (image courtesy of PROXYCO)
When: until April 24
Where: PROXYCO Gallery (121 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
For Sudor Frío (cold sweat), Vidales presents a series of recent paintings, each of which enjoy [changed to singular here bc modifying “each”] on the artist’s signature issues of mortality and silent, gestural abstraction. Plenty of edges and cute emotional color streaks abound.
Azikiwe Mohammed, “King Manor, Queens, NY” (2021), embroidery 9 ¼ x 13 inches (image courtesy of the artist)
When: until April 23
Where: by appointment at the Yeh Gallery at St. John’s University. John (8000 Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica, Queens)
The thirty textiles on display at Azikiwe Mohammed’s solo show at the Yeh Gallery are embroidered with stylized portraits of black themes from Queens, New York to Jackson, Mississippi (the two zip codes in the title of the exhibition flowers and alcohol. A tribute to places of importance to Black American communities, the installation refers to log cabins in the rural South where they received a quilt, as well as black bars in the basements of the 1960s and 1970s.
View installation of Okoyomon’s precious perceptions of the body as higher frequencies of vibration in God, Performance Space, New York, 2021 (image courtesy of Performance Space New York; photo by Da Ping Luo)
When: until May 9, 2021
Where: by appointment at Performance Space (150 1st Avenue, East Village, Manhattan)
At the Performance Space Keith Haring Theater, New York-based artist and poet Precious Okoyomon creates an organic environment that provides room for mourning by combining moss, insects, soil, gravel and wet kudzu ash from a Japanese plant used to heal the soil where the cotton is grown. The winner of the annual Frieze Artist Award, Okoyomon, will also present an overlapping, site-specific, activated performance for Frieze New York in May.
Alice Neel, “Andy Warhol” (1970), oil and linen acrylic, 60 × 40 inches (© The Estate of Alice Neel; image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
When: until August 2
Where: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Titled after an excerpt from the artist retired from a 1950 interview, Alice Neel: People Come First is New York’s first New York museum in two decades. Following the arc of her work from her early 20s to 1984, the year she died, the extensive show features the psychologically revealing paintings that Neel is famous for – depicting famous figures and the everyday New Yorkers – along with the lesser-known still lifes, landscapes and landscapes of the city, while shaking the political and activist dimensions of its practice.
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