Gerhard Richter, Jean Dubuffet & More
3 must see shows in NYC this week
1. Gerhard Richter @ Marian Goodman Gallery
May 7 — June 25
Marian Goodman’s new solo exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s work focuses on the most recent pieces from that painter, created between 2010 and 2015. The pieces capture the current aesthetic of the German artist, who has experimented with an immense range of styles throughout his career (from photorealism to geometric abstraction). Following a period in which he investigated alternative methods of painting, the new works depict Richter’s recent return to abstract painting, akin to that of the Bild series that cemented Richter’s legacy as a record setting artist.
On view at 24 West 57th Street, New York, NY.
2. Jean Dubuffet @ Acquavela Galleries
April 25 — June 10
Jean Dubuffet’s Anticultural Positions is a survey of more than two decades of the artist’s early painting and sculptural works. The show captures Dubuffet’s characteristic “anti-cultural” approach to depicting subjects and his use of unorthodox materials. Working in the 1940s and 50s, Dubuffet saw a disconnect between the composed art emerging from Western countries and the ravages of war that the world has just finished enduring. Through his work, he sought to approach a more instinctual, less artificial mode of expression — a more authentic depiction of the human condition.
On view at 18 East 79th Street, New York, NY.
3. Jordan Wolfson @ David Zwirner
May 5 — June 25
In his second show with David Zwirner since joining the gallery in 2013, Jordan Wolfson presents a single sculptural work that manages to take up the entire gallery space. Colored sculpture is a red-haired, freckled, boyish looking puppet, attached to a mechanized gantry, which allows the work to enact choreographed sequences of movement. The grand, sudden gestures are meant to blur the categorization of the work: seemingly figurative then suddenly abstract, at first passive then definitively active, captivating its viewers.
On view at 525 West 19th Street in New York, NY.