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Looking at the month ahead, Something Curated highlights six of the most exciting art exhibitions taking place in New York this February.

Neighborhood Watch, at Downs & Ross || Nadia Belerique, Cytter/Roebas, Dani Leder, Dylan Vandenhoeck & Douglas Watt (Until 23 Feb 2020)

Group show Neighborhood Watch includes the work of Toronto-based artist Nadia Belerique, who constructs installations that engage with the poetics of perception and asks how images perform in contemporary culture. Primarily invested in questions around materiality and dematerialisation through the illusion of photographs, her image-based works are often interrupted by sculptural objects. Elsewhere, Cytter / Roebas, the collaborative output of Keren Cytter and John Roebas, highlight through their sculptures that detours, irritations and fragmented bodies belong to growing up just as much as dealing with coming of age playfully.

Within Reach, at New Museum || Jordan Casteel (19 Feb – 24 May 2020)

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Bringing together nearly forty paintings spanning Jordan Casteel’s career, including works from her celebrated series Visible Man (2013–14) and Nights in Harlem (2017), along with recent portraits of her students at Rutgers University-Newark, this will be Casteel’s first solo museum exhibition in New York. In her large-scale oil paintings, Casteel has developed a distinctive figurative language permeated by the presence of her subjects, who are typically captured in larger-than-life depictions that teem with domestic details and psychological insights.

Skirts, at Pace || Arlene Shechet (28 Feb – 25 Apr 2020)

Rich in idiosyncrasies, Arlene Shechet’s latest works combine disparate mediums, from ceramics to wood and metalwork, with playfully ambiguous titles that prompt endless associations. Running concurrently with the Whitney Museum’s exhibition Making Knowing, which also features works by Shechet, Skirts brings together more than a dozen of the artist’s most recent sculptures, including large-scale works and a monumental outdoor piece to be displayed on the second-floor galleries and terrace of Pace’s new flagship building at 540 West 25th street.

Alma Allen, at Kasmin || Alma Allen (Until 4 Mar 2020)

Kasmin presents its first solo exhibition of work by sculptor Alma Allen, bringing together 12 large-scale works realised in bronze, wood, and stone. Responding to the architecture of the gallery, Allen demonstrates unprecedented ambition in the works’ scale. Psychologically charged and compulsively expressive, Allen’s works evoke a curiosity regarding the life of objects and the ways in which form and material can circumnavigate the utility of language. Known for his distillation of diverse organic references, the artist’s works simultaneously invite and resist classification.

Climate in Crisis: Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas, at Brooklyn Museum of Art || Nancy Rosoff, Joseph Shaikewitz & Shea Spiller (14 Feb 2020 – 10 Jan 2021)

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Climate change is having a severe impact on Indigenous communities across the Americas, but the situation has an even longer history rooted in the legacies of European colonialism. With more than sixty works spanning 2,800 years and cultures across North, Central, and South America, this installation draws upon the strength of the museum’s Arts of the Americas collection to highlight the complex worldviews of Indigenous peoples and explore how their beliefs, practices, and ways of living have been impacted by the ongoing threat of environmental destruction.

Spectrum, at Gladstone Gallery || T. J. Wilcox (Until 22 Feb 2020)

For this show, T. J. Wilcox debuts a six-part silent film based on different colours of the rainbow. In its installation, each hue blends together and elaborates a figure or event that has been seminal to the artist’s experience in becoming an artist and as a gay man. The works in this show explore the artist’s maturation and identity in ways that are both deeply personal and universal. Alongside the film, Wilcox presents a series of new photo collages on silk based on the video works that comprise Spectrum, adding this new material to his expanding practice.

Feature image: Jordan Casteel, Miles and Jojo, 2015 (oil on canvas, 32 x 72 inches). Collection of Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi. Image courtesy Sargent’s Daughers, New York. © Jordan Casteel

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