Weekend Cheat Sheet: March 5 – 11, 2018

A double dose of Cy Twombly, Barbara Hepworth’s first American appearance in two decades, tips for Armory Arts Week, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

A double dose of Cy Twombly, Barbara Hepworth’s first American appearance in two decades, tips for Armory Arts Week, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

A short list of the can’t-miss new exhibition openings (and closings) this week, by city. See last week’s list for other recent openings, and for a more comprehensive guide, see our Itinerary.



Stephen Ormandy “Only Dancing”
Olsen Gruin
OPENS: March 7
The Lower East Side gallery presents a collection of new abstract oil on linen paintings and resin sculptures by Australian artist Stephen Ormandy, co-founder/creative designer of Dinosaur Designs.

Yinka Shonibare MBE “Wind Sculpture (SG) I”
Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park
OPENS: March 7
The British-Nigerian artist unveils the latest addition to his Wind Sculpture series of fiberglass sculptures. The public work is hand-painted in the brilliant colors and patterns of batik textiles, and offers a metaphor for the diversity of identities found in social spaces.
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The Armory Show 2018
Piers 92 & 94 (711 12th Avenue)
OPENS: March 8
One of the city’s leading and largest art fairs continues to champion new ideas and artistic discoveries in its 24th edition, which teems with 193 international galleries presenting works ranging from historical pieces to contemporary projects, in addition to artist commissions and public programs. The highlights below round out the program.
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While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Curated Section of Volta for “The Aesthetics of Matter,” a show dedicated to the art of collage curated by Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont. See images from the opening party earlier this week »

SCOPE New York 2018
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th Street)
OPENS: March 8
For its 18th edition, the influential contemporary art fair lines up more than 55 international exhibitors presenting groundbreaking, innovative works, as well as exclusive events hosted by ARTNews and Sotheby’s.
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Barbara Hepworth: A Matter of Form”
Pace Gallery
OPENS: March 9
Bringing together more than 25 sculptures and selected paintings spanning the artist’s four-decade long career (beginning in the 1930s) the gallery presents the pioneering modernist sculptor’s first exhibition in the U.S. in nearly 20 years.

Collective Design Fair 2018
Skylight Clarkson North (572 Washington Street)
OPENS: March 9
A dynamic design presence during Armory Arts Week, the design fair’s sixth edition plays host to a lineup of international galleries and designers showcasing vintage and contemporary furniture and design objects. Read on for the site-specific installations, special presentations, and unique sections also on the schedule.
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Cy Twombly
Gagosian (522 West 21st Street and 980 Madison Avenue)
OPENS: March 8
The painter is celebrated with two tandem exhibitions, “In Beauty it is finished: Drawings 1951–2008,” and “Coronation of Sesostris,” in Chelsea and the Upper East Side, respectively. While the latter show focuses on a single work created in 2000 (a large-scale interpretation of a day in the life of Egyptian pharaoh Sesostris), the former presents the artist’s first career-spanning exhibition of drawings and works on paper.

(Opening image: Cy Twombly, “Untitled (Gaeta),” 1989. Acrylic and tempera on paper mounted on wooden panel. 80 × 58 5/8 inches. Private Collection © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo courtesy Gagosian)

In its neighboring west side gallery (555 West 24th Street), Gagosian is also hosting Jeff Koons’s “Easyfun-Ethereal,” an exhibition (opening March 10) of seven large-scale paintings incorporating computer-scanned reproductions of images, often pulled from advertisements, in abstract arrangements.

Cathy Wilkes
CLOSES: March 11
Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes’s first solo museum show in New York presents sculptures and installations that capture the equal banality and universality of everyday rituals from birth to marriage.
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Cathy Wilkes, “Untitled” (2012). Courtesy the artist


“Sondra Perry: Typhoon coming on”
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
OPENS: March 6
New Jersey–born artist Sondra Perry receives her first European solo exhibition with a new, site-specific installation that incorporates existing works—videos, media, installations, and performances—that investigate the intersection of black identity, digital culture, and power structures.

“Designers Select Designers”
Aram Gallery
OPENS: March 8
This 15th anniversary show invites 15 previous exhibitors to showcase new and past works, and to hand-pick an emerging talent to present with them. Pairs include Jasper Morrison and Thélonious Goupil, Bethan Laura Wood and Fernando Laposse, and Max Lamb and Parsha Gerayesh, among others.
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Lafayette Anticipations Opens
9 Rue du Plâtre
OPENS: March 10
This new multidisciplinary center dedicated to creation, innovation, and research, launches in a 19th-century building renovated by architect Rem Koolhaas’s firm, OMA. It opens with conceptual artist Lutz Bacher’s first exhibition in France and features installations specially conceived to interact with the new space.
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TEFAF Maastricht 2018
MECC Maastricht, Forum 100
Maastricht, Netherlands
OPENS: March 10
Covering more than 7,000 years of fine art, antiques, and design, the latest edition of this week-long art fair promises an unparalleled experience for collectors with a gathering of around 270 of the world’s top dealers, galleries, and specialists. Read about the show highlights »

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