Must See

  • Opens May 4th 2016

  • Jasper Johns’s fastidious, poetic works are exquisite mysteries that we’ll spend lifetimes trying to decipher. At Matthew Marks’s West Twenty-Second Street space, forty-one of the artist’s monotypes—made between 1978 and 2015—will be on display, many of which have never been exhibited before. In 2017, the gallery will publish a catalogue raisonné of these pieces, written by Jennifer L. Roberts, professor of art history at Harvard, and Susan Dackerman, Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute.

    Jasper Johns Monotypes

    May 4 - Jun 25, 2016

    Matthew Marks Gallery | 522 West 22nd Street

    522 West 22nd Street  / +12122430200 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Nicole Eisenman’s lesbian heat beats up painting’s lineage of hetero male starchiness. Though she pulls her depictions of bodies from the best—Bosch, Goya, Bruegel, and Munch, among countless others—she imbues them with a weirdness, humor, and pathos that is, unequivocally, hers. This retrospective at the New Museum, titled “Al-ugh-ories,” is the artist’s first major museum survey in New York and is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the museum’s artistic director, and assistant curator Helga Christoffersen. The catalogue features contributions from Grace Dunham and one of New York’s finest, Eileen Myles.

    Nicole Eisenman Al-ugh-ories

    May 4 - Jun 26, 2016

    New Museum

    235 Bowery  / +12122191222 /
    Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 9pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Opens May 5th 2016

  • Randall’s Island Park is simmering again with the fifth edition of Frieze New York. Hundreds of galleries from Amagansett to Beirut, Guadalajara, Leipzig, Tel Aviv, and beyond will gather for an extended weekend of special projects (assembled by Cecilia Alemani, who was recently selected to curate the Italian Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale), featuring artists such as Alex Da Corte, Anthea Hamilton, and Heather Phillipson; talks (put together by Tom Eccles and Christy Lange), one of which is the fair’s keynote address, given by poet and raconteur Eileen Myles; and sounds (organized by Alemani and presented with BMW), with a Trump-inspired ventriloquism act by Liz Magic Laser; and so much more.

    Frieze New York 2016

    May 5 - 8, 2016

    Frieze Art Fair | New York

    Randall’s Island Park  / +12124637488 /

  • Cindy Sherman’s been seducing us for over thirty-five years with her ambivalently feminist phantasmagoria of broken socialites, fairy-tale victims, trophy wives, Old Master characters, and silver-screen clichés. Her exhibition at Metro Pictures—Sherman’s first new body of work in four years—is an exploration of female Hollywood “types” from the Roaring Twenties.

    Cindy Sherman

    May 5 - Jun 11, 2016

    Metro Pictures

    519 West 24th Street  / +12122067100 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends May 7th 2016

  • Elizabeth Peyton’s paintings feel like the most ardent of love letters. Her fey yet magisterial works deserve a backdrop as grand as the Metropolitan Opera. This exhibition, put together by the perennially chic Dodie Kazanjian, is being presented to coincide with the Met’s scintillating new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (1893).

    Elizabeth Peyton Manon Lescaut

    Feb 12 - May 7, 2016

    Gallery Met, Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery

    Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, 65th St and Amsterdam  / +12127993100 /
    Mon - Fri 6pm to 9pm, Sat 12pm to 9pm

  • Ends May 8th 2016

  • Few give credence to joy the way Miriam Schapiro did. Every glittering, floral, ruffled, hyper-patterned, and supersaturated aspect of her work was a kind of defiance: of taste, art-world hive mind, and some of the more misogynistic elements of the culture that keep a lady—and those of us with an affinity for the lady-like—down. To call her a visionary, as the title of this exhibition claims, is not an overstatement, as it takes real vision to work in such a grand vein of unabashed love.

    Miriam Schapiro “Miriam Schapiro, A Visionary”

    Feb 4 - May 8, 2016

    National Academy Museum & School

    1083 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street  / +12123694880 /
    Wed - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends May 14th 2016

  • Betty Tompkins’s hall of catcalls—little text paintings flooded with denigrating terms for women—might inspire one to drive a knife into this “crisis of heterosexual masculinity” everyone keeps talking about, Sister Serpents–style.

    Betty Tompkins WOMEN Words, Phrases, and Stories

    Jan 20 - May 14, 2016

    The Flag Art Foundation

    545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor  / +12122060220 /
    Wed - Sat 11am to 5pm

  • Ed Atkins’s funny, futuristic, and funereal videos—an amalgamation of Cronenbergian aesthetics and Nickelodeon ethics—can sicken as much as they seduce. For Performance Capture, part of the Kitchen’s “From Minimalism into Algorithm” series, curated by Lumi Tan and Tim Griffin, the gallery functions as a theatrical site where screenings and presentations bring together “live bodies, animated surrogates, and departed performances.”

    Ed Atkins Performance Capture

    Apr 13 - May 14, 2016

    The Kitchen

    512 West 19th Street  / +12122555793 /
    Tue - Fri 12pm to 6pm, Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Steve McQueen is that rare kind of mind and heart whose creativity—via film, video, photography, and installation—has moved the art world and, indeed, quite a few worlds beyond it. For his show at the Whitney, as part of the museum’s “Open Plan” series of short exhibitions, McQueen will present End Credits, 2012, a portrait of the renowned African American actor and activist Paul Robeson, assembled via the FBI’s surveillance files on him from America’s paranoiac Joe McCarthy years. In the museum’s Kaufman Gallery will also be McQueen’s Moonlit, 2016, a sculpture making its US debut.

    Open Plan: Steve McQueen

    Apr 29 - May 14, 2016

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    99 Gansevoort Street  / +12125703600 /
    Sun - Mon 10:30am to 6pm, Wed - Thu 10:30am to 6pm, Fri - Sat 10:30am to 10pm

  • Ends May 15th 2016

  • It’s strange to walk through this gorgeous retrospective—Broodthaers’s first in New York—as it feels as if the work was made at least a generation before 1963–75, the years the artist decided to make objects instead of poetry, his first métier. It could have something to do with the influence of his friend René Magritte, whose paintings corrupted the traditionalist aesthetics of the late nineteenth century. Or it could just be Broodthaers’s innate lyricism, tapping into images as the poet does language to unveil all the depths—metaphorical, historical, magical—embedded within a picture or thing. How lucky we are to witness the unfolding of such an exquisite visual grammar.

    Marcel Broodthaers

    Feb 14, 2015 - May 15, 2016

    MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

    11 West 53rd Street  / +12127089400 /
    Sat - Thu 10:30am to 5:30pm, Fri 10:30am to 8pm

  • Books—or comics, magazines, and newspapers—make sense for Warhol, as they are entirely democratic vehicles for art, ideas, and desire (it’s not difficult to imagine the artist, eight years old and bedbound for months with illness, fastidiously poring over Modern Screen or Popeye’s weirdly masculine contours in the Sunday funnies). Warhol left behind vaults full of gorgeously printed and bound things: from the limited-edition collaboration with his mother, 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy,1954, to the still-going-strong Interview magazine, founded in 1969. More than 130 objects from the artist’s commercial career and afterward will be on display, which underlines what we’ve always known—Warhol’s oeuvre is endless.

    Warhol by the Book

    Feb 5 - May 15, 2016

    The Morgan Library & Museum

    225 Madison Avenue  / +12126850008 /
    Tue - Thu 10:30am to 5pm, Fri 10:30am to 9pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends May 27th 2016

  • Eleanor Antin photographed the subtle diminishing of her own body in Carving: A Traditional Sculpture, 1972, an iconic piece of first-wave Conceptualism and second-wave feminism. Since then, her art has interrogated the constructs surrounding identity, fiction, and historical painting. At Ronald Feldman, Antin presents her newest paper-doll work, The Theatre of the Absurd, 2016, in addition to older video installations, such as The Nurse and the Hijackers, 1977, and The Adventures of a Nurse, 1976.

    Eleanor Antin I wish I had a paper doll I could call my own...

    Apr 16 - May 27, 2016

    Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

    31 Mercer Street  / +12122263232 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • On view at Ronald Feldman is artist/activist/poet/prankster Conrad Atkinson’s series “Shopping Carts” and “Aesthetics Can Be a Pretty Ugly Business,” along with a Wizard of Oz–inspired sculpture that takes on xenophobia and nationalism, and the artist’s famous Material–6 Works, 1979—originally presented in Atkinson’s first exhibition with the gallery—which investigate Third World poverty, industrial poisoning, and Northern Ireland’s troubles.

    Conrad Atkinson as u like it

    Apr 16 - May 27, 2016

    Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

    31 Mercer Street  / +12122263232 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • There’s always been something queerly funereal about Haim Steinbach’s saintly presentations of consumer goods, such as cereal boxes, shoes, or toys, on his sleekly designed shelves. It’s as if the assembly line is the only place we can find incorruptible bodies today. At Tanya Bonakdar, Steinbach dazzles with more twenty-first-century weirdness by asking us to consider the graphic visage of the Lion King, Pantone’s creepily named “Matching System,” and disembodied lines of poetry that feel like jingles written by ghosts.

    Haim Steinbach

    Apr 21 - May 27, 2016

    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

    521 West 21st Street  / +12124144144 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends May 28th 2016

  • This exhibition at Michael Werner, organized by art historian and curator Sir Norman Rosenthal, is the most exhaustive presentation of the English Pop artist’s work in New York to date. More than fifty years of Allen Jones’s febrile and scrupulously conceived paintings and sculptures will be available for one’s erotic peregrinations. Sexy, slinky, synthetic—shoot yourself up with a veinful of Jones if you want to leave the whip- and rubberless doldrums of our vanilla world.

    Allen Jones A Retrospective

    Mar 31 - May 28, 2016

    Michael Werner | New York

    4 E. 77th Street  / +12129881623 /
    Mon - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • It’s not a stretch to call Tom Wesselmann a descendant of Gauguin. Wesselmann’s nudes carry the same sultry iconicity of his forbear’s, but they were found on the magazine racks of grocery and liquor stores, in copies of Playboy, Vogue, or Ladies’ Home Journal—not in Tahiti. This is the first real retrospective of Wesselmann’s painted works in New York since the artist’s death in 2004. It highlights this underrated Pop master’s witty and innovative approaches to genre painting, via cutouts, assemblage, and molded plastic.

    Tom Wesselmann

    Apr 21 - May 28, 2016

    Mitchell-Innes & Nash | Chelsea

    534 West 26th Street  / +12127447400 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends May 29th 2016

  • Alighiero Boetti and Mel Bochner make a kind of conceptual poetry that’s funny, grand, and hopelessly gorgeous. They do unto language as few can, intelligently and enviably, making words into pictures, portals, and spells.

    Mel Bochner and Alighiero Boetti Verba Volant Scripta Manent

    Feb 25 - May 29, 2016


    183 Stanton Street  / +12125826111 /
    Wed - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends June 11th 2016

  • Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella, make room: Centenarian painter Carmen Herrera has been creating her rigorous yet utterly sensuous hard-edge abstractions for nearly eighty years. Alas, the artist’s bright and beguiling works have only caught the art world’s attention during the past decade or so. But a major solo exhibition scheduled at the Whitney this fall is finally making up for all that lost time.

    Carmen Herrera

    May 2 - Jun 11, 2016

    Lisson Gallery | New York

    504 West 24th Street  / +12125056431 /

  • Follow Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller wherever they want to take you. The centerpiece of their fourth solo exhibition here is The Marionette Maker, an immersive and ghostly tableau from 2014 about the titular craftsman that features, among other things, a series of robotically animated marionettes performing inside a vintage caravan.

    Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller The Marionette Maker

    Apr 15 - Jun 11, 2016

    Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

    531 West 24th Street  / +12122069100 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends June 18th 2016

  • More than fifty years of Ryman’s cautiously metaphysical paintings, sculptures, and drawings are situated in Dia’s luxurious space like a sexy Minimalist cathedral. White in Ryman’s numinous hands becomes more than psychic space—it’s psychic material—and brings you, quite carefully, for just a split second, to the edge of some kind of marvelous forever.

    Robert Ryman

    Dec 9, 2015 - Jun 18, 2016


    535 West 22nd Street 5th Floor  / +12129895566 /

  • Ends June 25th 2016

  • With a focus on rarities from the 1930s, this stunning exhibition expands upon the haunted intelligence of Giorgio Morandi—a mostly homebound genius who, like Emily Dickinson, could peer into life, death, and eternity with startlingly limited means.

    Giorgio Morandi

    Oct 9, 2015 - Jun 25, 2016

    CIMA - Center for Italian Modern Art

    421 Broome Street, 4th floor  / +16463703596 /
    By appointment only

  • Mike Kelley called dark humor “negative joy,” an ultimately creative force that suffused everything he did (which makes one wonder if it’s anything at all like our universe’s dark matter, a mysterious yet totally productive energy to which Kelley was likely a direct conduit). The artist’s shaped paintings—made during the early to mid-1990s—are presented together for the first time. Think of them as guides to America’s greasy, filthy heart, full of sex, shit, cartoons, and blood.

    Mike Kelley Shaped Paintings

    Apr 21 - Jun 25, 2016

    Skarstedt Gallery | West 21st street

    550 West 21st street  / +12129945200 /
    Tue - Fri 9:30am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends June 26th 2016

  • American life has been particularly ugly these past several years—as if the battles for the rights of black people, immigrants, or the poor had simply never happened. Rodney McMillian understands that collective memory, especially in these hypermediated times, is more tenuous than ever. The castoff things he resuscitates, like sofas, chairs, or carpeting, are, physically, quite heavy. But so are the histories attached. Should art be otherwise?

    Rodney McMillian Views of Main Street

    Mar 24 - Jun 26, 2016

    The Studio Museum in Harlem

    144 West 125th Street  / +12128644500 /
    Thu - Fri 12pm to 9pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • This exhibition pulls us into that numinous, dangerous decade for queers, shortly after Sylvia Rivera threw the first brick at Stonewall and right before GRID—now commonly referred to as AIDS—decimated legions. Organized by Leslie–Lohman’s staff, the show brings together a wide range of works from the likes of Paul Cadmus, Cathy Cade, Jimmy DeSana, Tee Corinne, Diana Davies, and Robert Mapplethorpe, among others. Witness a generation’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent while, in the words of Harry Hay, “throw[ing] off the ugly green frog skin of hetero-imitation.”

    Paul Cadmus, Joan E. Biren, Jimmy Desana, Marion Pinto, Amos Badertscher The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment

    Apr 8 - Jun 26, 2016

    Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

    26 Wooster Street  / +12124312609 /
    Tue - Sun 12pm to 6pm, Thu 12pm to 8pm

  • Ends July 29th 2016

  • Musician, filmmaker, painter, and all-around queer wunderkind Sadie Benning gives us “Green God” (an examination of the phrase “God created man in His own image,” from Genesis 1:27), one half of a two-pronged exhibition taking place at Callicoon Fine Arts and at Mary Boone’s Fifth Avenue space. For this section of the show, Benning inhabits the Goddess mantle—Being Supreme and Artist—with an iconic female crucifixion as well as several binary-breaking illustrations of the human form that screw up the range between “male [and] female, baby bump [and] butt.”

    Sadie Benning Green God

    Apr 28 - Jul 29, 2016

    Callicoon Fine Arts

    49 Delancey Street  / +12122190326 /
    Wed - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Musician, filmmaker, painter, and all-around queer wunderkind Sadie Benning makes her solo debut at Mary Boone, curated by Piper Marshall, with “Green God” (an examination of the phrase “God created man in His own image” from Genesis 1:27), one half of a two-pronged exhibition taking place here and at Callicoon Fine Arts. For this section of the show, “the artist incorporates found objects and photographs into the composition[s] of [her] works,” which tweak notions of Christian monotheism with a pantheon of littler, lovelier, funnier gods, like the purple hat god, the grey god, or the worm god, among others.

    Sadie Benning Green God

    Apr 28 - Jul 29, 2016

    Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

    745 Fifth Avenue  / +12127522929 /

  • Ends August 1st 2016

  • Multifaceted cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is one body, two souls, and a thousand hearts. “Try to Altar Everything” is the name of this survey/shrine/site-specific installation, which highlights the ways Nepal and Hindu creation myths have influenced h/er thinking and making, in realms sacred and profane. The artist will be at the museum at certain times throughout the duration of the show, and visitors are encouraged to bring objects of devotion to add to this sprawling autobiographical sanctuary of—what else?—love.

    Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Try to Altar Everything

    Mar 11 - Aug 1, 2016

    Rubin Museum of Art

    150 W. 17th Street  / +12126205000 /
    Mon 11am to 5pm, Wed 11am to 9pm, Thu 11am to 5pm, Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends August 7th 2016

  • Dyke Action Machine!, Gran Fury, the Guerrilla Girls, Martha Rosler, Coco Fusco, and the Friends of William Blake, among innumerable others, show us that art can, and does, change lives. Brilliantly organized by Stephanie Weissberg, Jess Wilcox, Saisha Grayson, Catherine J. Morris, and Stephanie Weissberg from the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, “Agitprop!” might be one of the most urgent shows up in the city right now.


    Dec 11, 2015 - Aug 7, 2016

    Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Parkway  / +17186385000 /
    Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 10pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends August 31st 2016

  • Cao Fei’s immersive, funny, maddening, and queasy video installations may feel Surrealist, but understand: The artist doesn’t pull from dreams. Her approach to exploring a flowering of Chinese culture in the grips of twenty-first century metastatic capitalism feels nearly documentarian. Cao’s exhibition at MoMA PS1 is her first solo outing at a museum within the United States. It surely won’t be her last.

    Cao Fei

    Apr 3 - Aug 31, 2016

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue  / +17187842084 /
    Thu - Mon 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends September 4th 2016

  • Imagine what Marcel Breuer’s dark, imposing edifice did to New Yorkers during its first incarnation as the Whitney Museum, when it opened to the public in 1966. One can feel the white gloves quake and starched collars moisten in the presence of this seductively forbidding structure. Taken in by the Metropolitan Museum of Art when the Whitney went Meatpacking, The Met Breuer, as it’s now officially dubbed, comes at us with several brilliant exhibitions, one of which is “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” a show that will explore “a subject critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished.”

    Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

    Mar 18 - Sep 4, 2016

    The Met Breuer

    945 Madison Avenue  / +12125357710 /

  • Ends October 31st 2016

  • Cornelia Parker’s sorta/sorta not “dollhouse,” a re-creation, at two-thirds scale, of Norman Bate’s house in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), is too weird for real children, but perfect for toy children—especially the dead-eyed, Victorian kids made by haute doll manufacturer Jumeau, which were favored by New York’s neurasthenic copper heiress Huguette Clark, who died, in 2011, surrounded by them. Clark’s haunted life, and so much more, comes racing to mind while witnessing Parker’s Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), 2016, on the Met’s Fifth Avenue rooftop. It also underlines, quite explicitly, that Parker is a horror auteur sans précédent.

    Cornelia Parker Transitional Object (Psycho Barn)

    Apr 19 - Oct 31, 2016

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    1000 Fifth Avenue  / +12125357710 /
    Sun - Thu 10am to 5:30pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 9pm

  • Ends May 7th 2016

  • Among the British artist’s latest works, his monumental “Id Paintings” from 2016 are titled after Freud’s description of the pleasure principle. Scaled to Walliger’s own body and made by sweeping his paint-covered hands directly over the canvas, these complex self-portraits are records of the artist’s instinctive actions and mirrors of his psychic energy.

    Mark Wallinger ID

    Feb 25 - May 7, 2016

    Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row

    23 Savile Row  / +442072872300 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • A decade after his death, John Latham is being honored with a slew of exhibitions across the UK. Timed to coincide with the Tate Britain survey “Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979” (April 12–August 29) and the Henry Moore Institute’s tribute “A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham” (March 24–June 19), the show at Lisson focuses on the artist’s spray paintings and time-based drawings.

    John Latham ‘The Spray Paintings’

    Apr 1 - May 7, 2016

    Lisson Gallery | London

    27 & 52-54 Bell Street  / +442077242739 /
    Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm

  • Ends May 15th 2016

  • Borrowing its title from a term Nam June Paik coined in 1974 to describe how technology facilitates and ignites global connections, this exhibition traces the influence of computers and the Internet on artworks. Beginning with 1966 and going to present day, the show’s reverse chronology culminates with artist-engineer collaborations initiated by the Experiments in Art and Technology collective in the 1960s.

    Electronic Superhighway

    Jan 29 - May 15, 2016

    Whitechapel Gallery

    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street  / +442075227888 /
    Tue - Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 9pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Now widely recognized as a pioneer of abstract art, Swedish painter Hilma af Klint did not have a public exhibition until 1986—more than forty years after her death. The works currently on view belong to a group of nearly two hundred paintings known collectively as “The Paintings for the Temple.” Made between 1906–1915, these colorful and phatasmagoric paintings represent the artist’s spiritual interpretations of themes like good and evil, man and woman, and religion and science.

    Hilma af Klint Painting the Unseen

    Mar 2 - May 15, 2016

    Serpentine Galleries

    Kensington Gardens  / +442074026075 /
    Tue - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Ends May 28th 2016

  • This small exhibition in Zwirner’s upstairs gallery features a group of rarely seen works by one of the UK’s most influential twentieth-century artists. Lithographs and signs made in Cadaqués during the 1970s show Hamilton playing with the iconic logo of Ricard, a French liqueur that remains a popular drink along the Mediterranean coast.

    Richard Hamilton Cadaqués

    Apr 8 - May 28, 2016

    David Zwirner | London

    24 Grafton Street  / +442035383165 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends June 5th 2016

  • Known for videos, photography, and performances that draw attention to twentieth-century protests, the American artist here explores queer and feminist movements in the US and the UK. The new works on view include a six-channel film, a wall drawing, and a large-scale installation that evokes the notice boards used by action groups as a means of communication.

    Sharon Hayes In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You

    Apr 15 - Jun 5, 2016

    Studio Voltaire

    1a Nelsons Row  / +442076221294 /
    Wed - Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends June 19th 2016

  • This group show brings together work by seven artists from two generations—Sonja Braas, David Claerbout, Elger Esser, Julie Monaco, Jörg Sasse, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld—who use photography to explore the uncanny. The works on view demonstrate photographers’ unnerving ability to simultaneously document and mutate reality.

    Magical Surfaces: The Uncanny in Contemporary Photography

    Apr 12 - Jun 19, 2016

    Parasol unit

    14 Wharf Road  / +442074907373 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12pm to 5pm

  • Ends July 9th 2016

  • The British artist’s latest nudes were inspired in part by a recent exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum: “Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice” (October 2015–January 2016). While Saville’s writhing and coupling figures certainly relate to Old Master nudes, her forceful gestural marks also mine the overlap among figuration, landscape, and abstraction.

    Jenny Saville Erota

    Feb 15 - Jul 9, 2016

    Gagosian Gallery | Davies Street

    17-19 Davies St  / +442074933020 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends August 29th 2016

  • Mining a rich art-historical period when artists found new ways to engage with reality and make work beyond the studio setting, this survey includes, among others, Keith Arnatt, Hamish Fulton, Mary Kelly, John Latham, Richard Long, David Tremlett, and Stephen Willats. Much of the work on view is politically engaged, dealing with a wide range of contemporary issues from feminism to the conflict in Northern Ireland.

    Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964–1979

    Apr 12 - Aug 29, 2016

    Tate Britain

    Millbank  / +442078878888 /
    Mon - Thu 10am to 6pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Ends May 7th 2016

  • For Warhol, the Polaroid camera was an ideal egalitarian tool because of its built-in flash, preset focal distance, and standard print dimensions that could turn us all into equally glamorous creatures. This comprehensive selection of Warhol’s Polaroid portraits documents the New York underground scene—including artists, Factory denizens, and Studio 54 revelers—between 1971 and 1986.

    Andy Warhol Andy Warhol Polaroids 1971 - 1986

    Feb 5 - May 7, 2016

    Galerie Bastian

    Am Kupfergraben 10  / +493020673840 /
    Thu - Fri 11am to 5:30pm, Sat 11am to 4pm

  • Ends June 4th 2016

  • The basis of the American artist’s latest work, Epigraph, Damascus, are architectural drawings she made from photos of Damascus. Mehretu used a range of traditional etching techniques to create the final layered image, which sprawls across six panels in a flurry of the artist’s signature painterly gestures.

    Julie Mehretu Epigraph, Damascus

    Apr 28 - Jun 4, 2016

    Niels Borch Jensen Gallery & Editions

    Lindenstrasse 34, 2nd floor  / +49 30 6150 7448 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Ends June 12th 2016

  • As a photojournalist, Lee Miller captured haunting images of WWII, including scenes of aerial bombardments of London, the liberation of Paris, and Nazi concentration camps in Dachau and Buchenwald. Though she was often footnoted in history as Man Ray’s muse and partner, the one hundred photographs included in this exhibition are a testament to Miller’s singular talent and diverse repertoire encompassing Surrealism, fashion, and documentary reportage.

    Lee Miller – Fotografien Lee Miller

    Mar 19 - Jun 12, 2016


    Niederkirchnerstraße 7  / +4930254860 /
    Wed - Mon 10am to 7pm

  • Ends June 18th 2016

  • Taking as his subject the space and contents of his own studio, Wolfgang Tillmans slots another entry into the veritable historical genre of artists depicted at work. While scenes from his native site of production have previously appeared as a backdrop in many of his portraits, here they take center stage.

    Wolfgang Tillmans Studio

    Apr 29 - Jun 18, 2016

    Galerie Buchholz | Berlin

    Fasanenstraße 30  / +493088624056 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Ends June 25th 2016

  • Inspired by the gallery’s location—the fourth floor of an office building at Alexanderplatz—Rachel Harrison’s latest work seeps from the exhibition space and takes over an empty conference room next door, colonizing the corporate dwelling with self-reflexive selfie-stick-holding sculptures and anachronistic drawings that mix Amy Winehouse into a soup of various art-historical figures.

    Rachel Harrison

    Apr 29 - Jun 25, 2016

    Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

    Karl–Liebknecht Strasse 29, 4th Floor  / +493068812710 /
    Tue - Sat 12pm to 7pm

  • Ends July 10th 2016

  • The Berlin-based artist’s latest installation, Manifesto, comprises thirteen films screened simultaneously to create a cacophonous audio-visual collage of manifestos written by artists, architects, choreographers, and filmmakers. All are embodied by Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett delivering the words of Jim Jarmusch, Sol LeWitt, Kazimir Malevich, Adrian Piper, Sturtevant, and Tristan Tzara, among others.

    Julian Rosefeldt Manifesto

    Feb 10 - Jul 10, 2016

    Hamburger Bahnhof

    Invalidenstraße 50-51  / +4930266424242 /
    Tue - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat - Sun 11am to 6pm, Thu 10am to 8pm

  • Ends May 8th 2016

  • A hysterically colored fuck you to those who would say “stay in your lane,” Wayne Koestenbaum’s allover paintings-as-novels-as-poems-as-just-get-into-it-already proclamations are loud, pushy, sweet, unabashed, and slippery. Quit trying so hard at whatever and slide on down to them.

    Wayne Koestenbaum A Novel of Thank You and Other Paintings

    Mar 19 - May 8, 2016

    356 S. Mission Rd.

    356 South Mission Road  / +13236093162 /
    Wed - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends May 15th 2016

  • Coming off of a grand tour that included stops in Berlin at the Hamburger Bahnhof, the ICA in Boston, and now finally landing on the left-est of coasts, “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” is an immersive dive into the sights, sounds, but hopefully not smells of everyone’s favorite pedagogical experiment to ever come out of North Carolina. Expect to see works from such heavy hitters as Robert Rauschenberg, Anni (and Josef) Albers, Cy Twombly, and more documentation of the time and place—including a notable highlight of poet Charles Olson reading his “Gloucester” poems—than you can swing a Merce Cunningham-trained leg-lift at.

    Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Josef and Anni Albers, and Merce Cunning Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

    Feb 21 - May 15, 2016

    Hammer Museum

    10899 Wilshire Boulevard  / +13104437000 /
    Tue - Fri 11am to 8pm, Sat - Sun 11am to 5pm

  • Ends July 31st 2016

  • Encompassing portraits, still lifes, nudes, and his infamous X Portfolio from 1978—exhibited that same year at the legendary Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art—this exhibition comprises half of Robert Mapplethorpe’s major LA retrospective. Drawn from a major acquisition of works from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in 2011, the show begins in the early 1970s and moves through his output from the 1990s, when he became a codefendant in the US government’s puritanical purge of so-called obscenity from publicly funded art. Where better to get reintroduced to hedonism than at the top of these hills?

    Robert Mapplethorpe The Perfect Medium

    Mar 15 - Jul 31, 2016

    The J. Paul Getty Museum

    1200 Getty Center Drive  / +13104407300 /
    Tue - Fri 10am to 5:30pm, Sat 10am to 9pm, Sun 10am to 5:30pm

  • The flipside of Robert Mapplethorpe’s two-part retrospective in Los Angeles, this exhibition promises to get its hands dirty with the photographer’s early drawings, collages, sculptures, and Polaroid photography, as well as archival materials, portraits, rare examples of his work in color, and two rarely screened films, all meant to focus on the artist’s relationship to his adopted home, New York City. The show is complemented by “Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s,” a roundup of work from LACMA’s permanent collection.

    Robert Mapplethorpe The Perfect Medium

    Mar 20 - Jul 31, 2016

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

    5905 Wilshire Boulevard  / +13238576000 /
    Mon - Tue 11am to 5pm, Thu 11am to 5pm, Fri 11am to 8pm, Sat - Sun 10am to 7pm

  • Ends September 4th 2016

  • “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016,” the debut exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s new LA space, crucially augmented by former LA MoCA chief curator Paul Schimmel who co-curated this show with art historian Jenni Sorkin, promises to K.O. any dolt still dense enough to believe women weren’t at the core of any revolution, modernist or otherwise. With almost one hundred works made by thirty-four artists over the past seventy years, the show focuses on postwar sculpture, including such luminaries as Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Lynda Benglis, Heidi Bucher, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Hannah Wilke, Jackie Winsor, Isa Genzken, Senga Nengudi, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Can you even?

    Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016

    Mar 13 - Sep 4, 2016

    Hauser Wirth & Schimmel | Los Angeles

    901 East 3rd Street  / +12135370858 /

  • Ends September 12th 2016

  • After making a serious splash at the 2015 Venice Biennale’s German Pavilion, here comes the US premiere of Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun. Poor, rich, middle-class images—they all mix it up in a combination too critical to merely entertain and too down to simply be taken as a lecture from one of the sharpest eyes on our contemporary aesthetics, politics, and anything else that affects the relative speed of our swipe across life.

    Hito Steyerl Factory of the Sun

    Feb 21 - Sep 12, 2016

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

    250 South Grand Avenue  / +12136266222 /
    Mon 11am to 5pm, Thu 11am to 8pm, Fri 11am to 5pm, Sat - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends May 21st 2016

  • Following last year’s survey at New York’s New Museum, Jim Shaw brings his “dream objects” and “dream drawings” to Paris. Sexed-out and psychedelic sculptures and works on paper from the late 1990s through 2015 show Shaw’s wide range of visual and conceptual influences, from comic porn and Hollywood films to the Bible.

    Jim Shaw Rather Fear God

    Apr 2 - May 21, 2016


    5 rue des Haudriettes  / +33145862000 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7pm, Tue - Sat 11am to 7pm

  • Ends May 22nd 2016

  • Robert Longo’s latest large-scale charcoal drawings depict violent scenes including a shipwreck and a window with a bullet hole (a grisly reminder of the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels). A new series based on X-rays of Old Master paintings is also surprisingly morbid, revealing cracked paint and other signs of decomposition.

    Robert Longo Luminous Discontent

    Apr 16 - May 22, 2016

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Paris | Marais

    7 rue Debelleyme  / +33142729900 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 7pm

  • Ends May 28th 2016

  • Best known for her sculptures, the Polish artist (who spent most of her career in Paris after having survived Nazi concentration camps) made stirring drawings at the end of her life. Fragmented body parts, a dominant motif in Szapocznikow’s three-dimensional works, reappear in ink and watercolors. Her drawings from the 1970s, however, add two visual vocabulary elements: color and landscape.

    Alina Szapocznikow Human Landscape(s)

    Apr 1 - May 28, 2016

    Galerie Loevenbruck

    6 rue Jacques Callot  / +33153108568 /
    Tue - Sat 2pm to 7pm

  • Ends June 4th 2016

  • References to flooding—historical and metaphorical—in Matt Saunders’s recent work range from the Great Flood of Paris in 1910 to Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States in 2012. Featuring waves of color and watery smears, his latest photo-based works and animation float between figuration and abstraction.

    Matt Saunders

    Apr 22 - Jun 4, 2016

    Marian Goodman Gallery | Paris

    79 rue du Temple  / +33148047052 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7pm

  • Ends July 31st 2016

  • The first contemporary artist invited to show at the Picasso museum’s newly renovated Hôtel Salé, Spanish-born Miquel Barceló presents paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and works on paper made between the 1990s and today. In dialogue with certain motifs found in Picasso’s oeuvre, Barceló shows off his own diverse and prolific creative process. In conjunction, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France will present an exhibition of Barceló’s prints (March 22–August 28).

    Miquel Barceló Sol y sombra

    Mar 22 - Jul 31, 2016

    Musée National Picasso

    5 rue de Thorigny  / +33142712521 /
    Tue - Fri 11:30am to 6pm, Sat - Sun 9:30am to 6pm

  • Ends October 1st 2016

  • The Icelandic artist’s first solo show in France was inspired by an epic novel by Nobel laureate and fellow Icelander Halldór Laxness. Among the new works created specifically for the Palais de Tokyo: a repeating performance of a fleeting encounter, a video installation of idealized portraits, and a theatrical freestanding painting depicting an icy mountain.


    Oct 21, 2015 - Oct 1, 2016

    Palais de Tokyo

    13, Avenue du Président Wilson  / +33147235401 /
    Tue - Sun 12pm to 9pm

  • Ends May 11th 2016

  • Over the course of her short, thirteen-year career, Cuban artist Ana Mendieta experimented with diverse media including photography, performance, drawing, and sculpture. The current exhibition pays tribute to a particular chapter in the artist’s oeuvre with a presentation of watercolors and pencil drawings made during a residency at the American Academy in Rome in the 1980s.

    Ana Mendieta

    Mar 10 - May 11, 2016

    Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 1

    Via Stradella 1  / +39022043555 /
    Tue - Sat 10am to 1pm, Tue - Sat 3pm to 7:30pm

  • Ends May 20th 2016

  • Having collaborated with her husband Michael Frimkess since the 1960s, artist Magdalena Suarez Frimkess has garnered much attention since her first solo show in 2014. Here, the California-based artist presents all new ceramic mugs, tiles, and figurines, including a few homegrown revisions of Disney characters such as Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto.

    Magdalena Suarez Frimkess

    April 6 – May, 2016

    kaufmann repetto

    Via di Porta Tenaglia, 7  / +390272094331 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7:30pm

  • Ends May 21st 2016

  • Between 2003 and 2007, Günther Förg defied the common artistic practice of first working small and then big by producing several hundred miniature reproductions of preexisting large-scale paintings (including some of the artist’s own works on canvas). In the current exhibition, the German artist presents these paintings along with his small copies painted on wood. Also on view are more tiny paintings, realized in a wide variety of painterly styles, which appear without their large-format models.

    Günther Förg Le coppie si passano la palla

    Apr 6 - May 21, 2016

    Giò Marconi

    via Tadino 20  / +390229404373 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7pm

  • Ends May 24th 2016

  • The South African artist’s latest video installation is an accordion-style configuration involving eight screens across which a parade of characters wind their way through history and space. Also on view are preparatory works—charcoal drawings, pen and ink studies, tapestries and sculptures—related to Kentridge’s Triumphs & Laments: A Project for Rome, 2016, a large-scale site-specific project that will be unveiled in Rome on April 21.

    William Kentridge Triumphs, Laments and other Processions

    Apr 9 - May 24, 2016

    Lia Rumma | Milan

    Via Stilicone 19  / +390229000101 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 1:30pm, Tue - Sat 2:30pm to 7pm

  • Ends June 19th 2016

  • Taking a holistic approach, Goshka Macuga simultaneously assumes the role of artist, curator, collector, researcher, and exhibition designer. Here, her presentation of research explores artificial memory and addresses concerns about the roles artificial intelligence and technology might play in the demise of humanity.

    Goshka Macuga To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll

    Feb 4 - Jun 19, 2016

    Fondazione Prada | Milan

    Largo Isarco 2  / +390256662612 /
    10am to 9pm daily

  • Ends June 30th 2016

  • Following his retrospective at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo in 2015, John Giorno presents a site-specific large-scale wall installation titled Space Forgets You. Giorno, a major figure in the New York underground scene who collaborated with Andy Warhol and William Burroughs, has been making text paintings—funny, sexy, angry, beautiful—since the late 1970s.


    Apr 12 - Jun 30, 2016

    Le Case D'Arte

    Corso di Porta Ticinese 87  / +39028054071 /
    Mon - Fri 3pm to 7pm

  • Ends July 31st 2016

  • The German artist takes over HangarBicocca’s vast industrial space with new and preexisting sensorial works that use light, optical experiments, and movement to help viewers experience the world in novel ways. Thanks to the installation’s choose-your-own-adventure design featuring two parallel pathways, visitors must decide how to approach, and get lost in, the exhibition.

    Carsten Holler Doubt

    Mar 6 - Jul 31, 2016

    Pirelli HangarBicocca

    Via Chiese 2  / +390266111573 /
    Thu - Sun 10am to 10pm

  • Ends August 28th 2016

  • Hoping to better understand artists’ reliance on preexisting imagery in order to make their own, German artist Thomas Demand has curated an exhibition that features works by more than sixty artists and spans the early nineteenth century to now. Organized into three sections, the show addresses issues of originality and copycat culture by examining appropriation and image-making as both creative pursuits and acts of theft.

    L’image volée

    Mar 17 - Aug 28, 2016

    Fondazione Prada | Milan

    Largo Isarco 2  / +390256662612 /
    10am to 9pm daily

  • Ends September 12th 2016

  • Since 1923 the Triennale di Milano has been a showcase for modern design, including decorative arts, fashion, and architecture. Among the exhibitions this year, “Arts and Foods: Rituals since 1851” (April 9­–November 1), curated by Germano Celant, provides a global overview of the connection between food-related aesthetics and rituals.

    Apr 2 - Sep 12, 2016

    La Triennale di Milano

    Viale Alemagna 6  / +3902724341 /

  • Ends May 22nd 2016

  • “Ahead of her time”: These words are an understatement when describing Qiu Jin, a feminist writer and scholar who was executed in 1907 for fomenting revolution against the Qin Dynasty. Nearly 110 years later, artist Wu Tsang presents a new film, Duilian, exploring Qiu’s long-term relationship with female calligrapher Wu Zhuying. The title refers to a Chinese poetic form in which paired lines of verse mirror each other with complementary tones and parts of speech.

    Dulian with Wu Tsang

    Mar 12 - May 22, 2016

    Spring Workshop

    42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 3/F Remex Centre  / +85221104370 /
    Tue - Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends May 29th 2016

  • This exhibition features artists and collaborations that explore the role of migrant labor in Hong Kong’s economy. A component of Para Site’s longer-term Hong Kong Migrant Domestic Workers Project, the show is accompanied by a catalogue comprising migrant and domestic worker literature, written in Bahasa Indonesian and Tagalog as well as English and Chinese.


    Mar 18 - May 29, 2016

    Para Site

    22/F, 677 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Wing Wah Industrial Building  / +85225174620 /
    Wed - Sun 12pm to 7pm