Looking ahead at the rest of the month, Something Curated highlights nine of the most exciting art exhibitions taking place in New York this March.
Techniques of the Observer at Greene Naftali Gallery || Michael Krebber, Lois Dodd & More (Until 9 March)
The changing nature of visual culture takes center stage at Techniques of the Observer, an exhibition with works by several diverse artists. Based on the idea that observation has become systemized and quantifiable, this exhibition surveys the persistence of observational painting through both radical and restorative artistic approaches. Among the works on view are Michael Krebber’s Untitled (2007) and Lois Dodd’s Back of Men’s Hotel (from My Window) (2016).
Foam Talent at Red Hook Labs || Florian Amoser, He Bo & More (22 March – 10 April)
This group exhibition organised by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam marks the third year of Foam’s return to Red Hook Labs. The twenty artists selected for Foam Talent represent a cross section of the techniques explored by today’s artists and give insight into the state of contemporary photography. Themes surrounding the cycle of time, like nightfall, nostalgia and homesickness can be seen in many of the selected projects.
Murmur at Pace Gallery || Kiki Smith (Until 30 March)
This new exhibition at Pace Gallery features etchings, cyanotypes, contact prints and sculptural works. Kiki Smith, who is known for her use of a broad variety of materials, has utilised this multidisciplinary approach throughout her career. The artist continues to investigate the resonances and dichotomies between the natural and spiritual world with Murmur.
GYATEI^2 at Gagosian Gallery || Takashi Murakami (Until 13 April)
Takashi Murakami’s new works will be at the Gagosian until mid-April. Comprising paintings, sculptures, films and commercial products, his work draws from traditional Japanese paintings as well as sci-fi, anime and pop culture. GYATEI^2 incorporates variations of interconnected imagery through Murakami’s signature character creations.
Sherrie Levine: After Reinhardt at David Zwirner || Sherrie Levine (Until 20 April)
In her third solo exhibition at David Zwirner, Sherrie Levine engages many aspects of postmodern art by challenging notions of originality, authenticity and identity. Her newest exhibition serves as a continuing investigation of color separated from its representational function. The work is inspired by the exhibition Ad Reinhardt: Blue Paintings held at the gallery in 2017, and comprises abstract restatements of the 28 works that were on view.
The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics at New Museum || Shu Lea Cheang, Alexei Shulgin & More (Until 26 May)
16 works from throughout net art history are on view at this unique exhibition. From websites to sculpture to merchandise, a wide range of works have been selected from Rhizome’s online exhibition called “Net Art Anthology.” Some of the works on view include Shu Lea Cheang’s Garlic=RichAir (2002), an online trading game featuring garlic as currency, and Alexei Shulgin’s 386DX (c. 1998), about the world’s first cyberpunk rock band which performs MIDI and text-to-speech renditions of musical hits.
Harlem Postcards at Studio Museum Harlem || Judith Bernstein, Teresita Fernández & More (Until 19 May)
Studio Museum 127 at the Studio Museum Harlem is hosting Harlem Postcards, an ongoing project where contemporary artists reflect on Harlem “as a site of cultural activity, political vitality, visual stimuli, artistic contemplation and creative production.” The images in the gallery reflect the idiosyncratic visions of artists from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Each photograph on display in the exhibition is available as a reproduced limited edition postcard, free for visitors.
The Eighties at David Nolan Gallery || Georg Baselitz, Francesco Clemente & More (Until 13 April)
The Eighties is a survey of drawings by an international group of artists who gained prominence in New York during this important decade. In the early 1980s in New York City, art creation became more expressive and immediate, influencing a younger generation and allowing the contemporary art scene to flourish. This exhibition, rather than aiming to give a comprehensive overview of the time period, instead brings together key figures known for their contributions in the medium of drawing.
Robert Colescott at Blum & Poe || Robert Colescott (Until 13 April)
The first New York exhibition for Colescott since his passing in 2009, Blum & Poe’s exhibition highlights fraught subject matter. Numerous black crows in the gallery depict what Colescott saw as both a stand-in for himself and a representation of Jim Crow as a dark facet of American history. Other issues explored in adjacent galleries of the exhibition include misogyny and female objectification, and the colonial myth of the “dark continent” of Africa.
Feature image: Kiki Smith, Murmur at Pace Gallery (via Pace Gallery)