3 Must See Shows

Art shows you can’t miss this week in New York. We pick only three.

Highlight: Robert Irwin at Dia Beacon (New York Times)

1. Yuji Agematsu @ Real Fine Arts
May 17 — July 26

Some of Agematsu’s sculptures on display (Real Fine Arts)

At first glance, Yuji Agematsu’s new solo exhibit may appear to be an assortment of many, small, unrelated sculptures. However, upon closer examination you will find that it is, in fact, a ongoing 365-part sculpture. To create the work, Agematsu filled a small, cellophane bag with objects found on the streets of New York every day for a year. The result is a representation of urban humanity, without the presence of people. An honest and intriguing portrait of who we are and the cities we inhabit.

On view at 673 Meeker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

2. Robert Irwin @ Dia Beacon
June 2 — May 2017

Inside Irwin’s maze at Dia Beacon (Arhcitectural Digest)

Robert Irwin’s Excursus: Homage to the Square premiered at the Dia foundation’s Center for the Arts location in New York City in 1998 before gaining acclaim as one of Irwin’s more notable installations. The work is comprised of a series of rooms, made from screen and fluorescent lighting. It cleverly plays with visitors perception of light and space while exhibiting Irwin’s both artistic and architectural prowesses. 17 years after its debut, Irwin has resurrected and reimagined the famous, immersive piece for Dia’s Beacon location. It is a unique opporunity to not only experience (or re-experience) the work but to see how an artist evolves over almost 20 years.

On view at 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY.

3. “Tiger Tiger” @ Salon 94
July 7 — August 21

Inside Salon 94's group show, featuring a palm tree sculpture from Yutaka Sone (Salon 94)

Salon 94’s new group exhibit showcases the lively spirit of summer, without the heat or humidity of summer weather. The show includes a tropical, jungle-esque curation of works from artists such as Paul Swenbeck, Katherine Bernhardt, Misaki Kawai, Yutaka Sone and Nicolas Party. The vibrant pieces capture the colorful, playful essence of summer and offer visitors a brief respite from the sweltering city, transporting them to a tropical wilderness.

On view at 243 Bowery, New York, NY.

This post was written with the help of Alice Mahoney, from www.artlist.co