Weekend Cheat Sheet: Feb. 26–March 4, 2018

David Bowie comes to Brooklyn, Martin Margiela's first-ever retrospective, Chance the Rapper at the MCA Chicago, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

David Bowie comes to Brooklyn, Martin Margiela's first-ever retrospective, Chance the Rapper at the MCA Chicago, 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.



The Art Show 2018
Park Avenue Armory
OPENS: Feb. 28
Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, the fair enters its 30th year with an array of 72 exhibitors and curated presentations showcasing work from the pre-Columbian era to today. Read more for fair highlights, including new and never-before-seen works.

Sean Landers, New Works
Petzel Gallery
OPENS: March 1
The New York–based artist continues to trail his own streams-of-consciousness with 12 new paintings, exhibited here, unleashing his meditations on politics, mortality, and success in his signature black script on preprinted yellow canvases.
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Chris Schanck “Unhomely”
Friedman Benda
OPENS: March 1
The Detroit-based designer shows 15 new furniture-sculpture hybrids that contrast a raw, low-tech construction technique with space-age symbolism and a futuristic design aesthetic.
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Claudia Wieser “Chapter”
Marianne Boesky Gallery (507 W. 24th Street)
OPENS: March 1
Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser takes over the gallery with an abstract experiential environment that blends composite wallpaper, ornamented woodwork, gilded drawings, and multifaceted mirrors. Together, this multimedia exhibition, which borrows inspiration from the BBC Television series “I, Claudius” (1976), investigates the relationships between memory and perception, history and artifice, asking spectators to interrogate what is real and what is imagined.

“David Bowie Is”
Brooklyn Museum
OPENS: March 2
Shedding unprecedented light on the life and art of the musical pioneer, this acclaimed touring exhibition assembles some 400 objects—photographs, videos, lyric sheets, custom-made costumes, and album art—in a multimedia installation that traces Bowie’s trajectory from his teenage years in England, through his many creative reinventions, to his final years in New York City.
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(Opening Image: David Bowie, 1973. Photo: Masayoshi Sukita. Courtesy Sukita/The David Bowie Archive.)

Tina Barney “Landscapes”
Paul Kasmin Gallery
CLOSES: Mar. 3
The fine-art photographer’s first solo exhibition in three years surveys her body of New England landscapes, which highlight coastlines, thoroughfares, shingled houses, and Main Street squares captured with intimacy and spontaneity.
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Lorna Simpson, "Ice 4," 2017. Photo: James Wang.


Damien Hirst “The Veil Paintings”
OPENS: March 1
In the artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles since 2012, the gallery presents Hirst’s latest works, a new series of large-scale paintings that play with color. Utilizing layers of bright brushstrokes and gestural dabs, the works invoke Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pointillism.

“Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin”
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
OPENS: March 4
Gathered here are some 100 works by three influential photographers—Brassaï, Diane Arbus, and Nan Goldin—whose unsettling portraits, powerful images of Parisian street life, and intensely personal pictures captured and reshaped their times in equal measure.
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Before you leave, catch Lauren Halsey’s “we still here, there,” the artist’s immersive, site-specific installation that seeks to illustrate the multitude of everyday black experiences in her native South Central L.A.



“Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins”
Barbican Art Gallery
OPENS: Feb. 28
These images of fringe communities (bikers, transsexuals, hustlers) have been captured by 20 photographers (Mary Ellen Mark, Pieter Hugo) from the 1950s to today, and present authentic records of lives led on the margins of societies in America, Chile, Nigeria, and India.
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Lorna Simpson “Unanswerable”
Hauser & Wirth
OPENS: March 1
The conceptual photographer unveils new paintings, photographic collages, and sculptures that represent her ongoing interrogation of race, violence, and the depiction of the female form in contemporary American life and culture.
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“Margiela / Galliera, 1989–2009”
Palais Galliera
OPENS: March 3
The first retrospective of the bold and notoriously press-shy Belgian fashion designer documents his career through more than 130 conceptual silhouettes and runway videos, highlighting his penchant for deconstruction, trompe l’oeil, extreme proportions, and the many shades of white.
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MCA Talk: Chance the Rapper
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

ON: March 5
The MCA and Pitchfork team up for another installment of their In Sight Out series, this time with local recording artist and activist Chance the Rapper. (Past guests include Surface cover subject Solange Knowles, Carrie Brownstein, and St. Vincent, among others.) Journalist Adrienne Samuels Gibbs will lead the conversation, covering Chance’s interests in art, philanthropy, and community building. Held at the institution’s Edlis Neeson Theater, tickets go on sale Friday, March 2, at noon.

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