No one will argue with the fact that New York is home to some of the finest examples of Impressionist, Old Master, Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary art. Indeed, it is the city where everyone can find something to their intellectual and aesthetic taste. However, since the New York art scene is ever-changing, sometimes it is rather difficult to catch significant art openings and cultural events. That is exactly why we have prepared this list of New York art exhibitions you don’t want to miss next week! From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to some of the leading contemporary art galleries, this guide will help you find only the best art openings and shows!
“Ndoro Na Miti” by Wangechi Mutu
The “Ndoro Na Miti” is a new art installation by Wangechi Mutu, a Kenyan-born artist famous for her paintings and large art pieces that perfectly combine Western Art History with African folklore, social forces with the natural world. The highlight of the art installation is a unique bronze sculpture of the East African mythical water-woman called nguva, which was created to underline the problem of biological diversity disappearance.
Where: Gladstone Gallery, Chelsea
When: January 27 – March 25, 2017
“The Sky Is a Great Space” by Marisa Merz
“The Sky Is a Great Space” is the first major US retrospective of the Italian sculptor, painter, and art installation artist Marisa Merz, also known for her membership in the ‘all-boys’ Arte Povera avant-garde movement. The exhibition includes five decades of Merz’s work, starting from the very early pieces made with unusual art materials to a specific art installation of mysterious portrait heads created in the 1970s and later.
Where: The Met Breuer, Lenox Hill
When: January 24 – May 7, 2017
“The 1980s” by Gladys Nilsson
“The 1980s” is a unique solo exhibition of large-scale watercolor paintings created by the famous American visual artist Gladys Nilsson between 1984 and 1987. Each piece of this eye-catching contemporary art series represents an intricately detailed work distinguished by the artist’s signature pop-funk style, bright patterns of the surroundings, and distorted figures of men and women. It is also worth noting that most of these paintings are displayed for the first time.
Where: Garth Greenan Gallery
When: January 12 – February 18, 2017
“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s”
Last but not least is the “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s” exhibition that presents a focused look at some of the best abstract art paintings from the 1980s, all drawn from the New York Whitney Museum’s own art collection. The exhibition includes artwork by such renowned artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Sherrie Levine, which makes it worth seeing for all connoisseurs of modern and contemporary art!
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
When: January 27 – May 14, 2017