Sep 24, 2015 · 3 min read

Art shows you can’t miss this week in New York. We pick only 3.

Highlight: Ed Ruscha Double Standard in sketch and final form, on view now at Alden Projects (Alden Projects & Ikonltd)

1. “Pavillion de L’Esprit Nouveau” @ Swiss Institute
September 25 — November 8

(Swiss Institute)

The Swiss Institute’s newest show acts as both a “conceptual show home for the 21st century” and an “interactive, architectural experience.” It aims to encapsulate trends in architecture and design that have dominated the most recent turn of the century while inviting visitors to interact with technological displays, divided into zones of increasing privacy. Thus it not only presents “a turning point in the design of modern interiors and a milestone in the evolution of architecture,” but also invites visitors to engage with the ways in which technology has effected the design and culture of today’s society.

On view at 18 Wooster Street, New York, NY.

2. “Color Against Color” @ Ortega Y Gasset
September 11 — October 18

(OrtegaY Gasset)

Ortega Y Gasset’s new group show examines the notion of “colorful,” specifically how we often experience color in contrast to that which is tonal or neutral. To truly find what it means to be “colorful,” the works on display examine color contrasted against color, the effect of using color without a neutral break of hue. They investigate what it means to discover the notion of color as complete within itself, rather than defining it in a dichotomous opposition. The exhibition includes works from Andy Cross, Benjamin Degen, Hein Koh, Ben Pederson and Nichole Van Beek.

On view at 363 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

3. Ed Ruscha & Mason Williams @ Alden Projects
September 10 — October 18

Ruchas and Williams in 1953 (Venice in Venice)

Double Standard: Ed Ruscha & Mason Williams 1956–1971 is a dynamic glimpse into the early dialogue, collaboration and relationship between Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams, who, after meeting in fourth grade, remained lifelong friends. The exhibit showcases not only the touchingly personal aspects of the their relationship but also how the artists influenced one another and created art together. The show unfolds as a sort of story, “the story of two brilliant childhood friends who made perplexing publications together and separately, and who shared a curiosity to explore the surprising, ephemeral places that art can occupy in everyday life.”

On view at 34 Orchard Street, New York, NY.

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