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Weekend Cheat Sheet: April 16 - 22, 2018

Contemporary artists take on Plato in L.A., Elliott Puckette re-approaches the line, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

Contemporary artists take on Plato in L.A., Elliott Puckette re-approaches the line, 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.

 

NEW YORK

Elliott Puckette “New Work”
Paul Kasmin Gallery
297 10th Avenue
OPENS: April 19

Elliott Puckette continues her exploration of the line with a new body of work that once again turn to the technique of creating sculpture as part of her practice. After creating a design from wire, the artist then etches its shape onto a picture plane prepared with gesso and kaolin and washed with ink. The result is another series of graceful, abstract paintings from Puckette.

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Frida Fjellman “Crystal Atmosphere”
Hostler Burrows Gallery
35 East 10th Street
CLOSES: April 20
For her first solo show in New York, Swedish artist and designer Frida Fjellman displays roughly 80 colorful, hand-blown glass prisms suspended (and laced together) by delicate chain. The overall effect is a romantic setting that cast dreamy shadows and reflections on the gallery walls.

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“Robert Gober: Tick Tock”
Matthew Marks
526 W 22 Street
CLOSES: April 21
New works, including upward of two dozen wall-mounted sculptures and works on paper, go on view at the gallery for this solo show. Many of the same motifs that repeat throughout artist’s oeuvre appear in the pieces here (apples, eggs, and a prison window), further demonstrating Gober’s penchant for using surrealism to toy with meaning.

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Matana Roberts “Artists Studio”
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
ON: April 14
Fusing song, instrumentals, text, and visuals, the renowned composer and sound artist’s practice taps into American history and memory with indelible power and originality, particularly with her ongoing, multi-album “Coin Coin” project. For the museum’s “Artists Studio” series, she presents a site-specific performance, mounted as part of her continuous anthropological examination of music and storytelling.

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Peter Sacks, “Quickening 2,” 2017. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Marlborough Fine Art.

ELSEWHERE

Salone del Mobile 2018
Fiera Milano, S. S. del Sempione 28
Milan
STARTS: April 17
More than 2,000 exhibitors with innovative products and solutions for contemporary living come together for the 57th edition of the leading design and furniture fair. Distinct sections emphasize traditional craftsmanship (Classic: Tradition in the Future), smart functionality (Design), and luxury (xLux), with even more highlights promising exciting new discoveries.
Get our full guide to Milan Design Week »

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Peter Sacks “Migrations”
Marlborough Fine Art
6 Albemarle Street
London
OPENS: April 18
The South African artist’s paintings are tactile objects—hand-woven with found textiles and artifacts, and imbued with an undercurrent of meaning and emotion. His new canvases are the most geographically adventurous to date, made with materials culled from America, India, Spain, and the African continent, and bearing notions of displacement and diaspora in their dynamic surfaces.

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“Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Visions”
Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Los Angeles
OPENS: April 18
The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated and reinstalled Getty Villa, this group show gathers contemporary artworks that engage with the teachings and concepts of the classical philosopher. Sculptures, paintings, drawings, and installations by Jeff Koons, Rachel Harrison, and Paul Chan are featured, alongside original work specially created for the occasion by Joseph Kosuth, Paul McCarthy, Whitney McVeigh, and Adrian Piper.

(Opening image: Jeff Koons, “Play-Doh,” 1994–2014. Courtesy the artist.)

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“Fashioned From Nature”
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London
The complex relationship between fashion and the natural environment since 1600 is explored here through 300 objects, encompassing nature-inspired historical garments and contemporary designer wear, sustainable practices by Stella McCartney and Erdem, and worn environmental protests by Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett.

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