Weekend Cheat Sheet: Feb. 19 - 26, 2018

Howardena Pindell's first major survey, a Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami mashup, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

Howardena Pindell's first major survey, a Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami mashup, 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.



“Isa Genzken: Sky Energy”
David Zwirner (533 West 19th Street)
OPENS: Feb. 22
This exhibition of new and recent work expands on the artist’s investigation into the intersection of the personal, the global, and the technological in contemporary society. Featuring a range of media, this presentation will showcase the radical diversity of the artist’s multifaceted practice.

Sue Williams “Paintings 1997-98”
OPENS: Feb. 22
For its first showing of Williams’s works, the gallery presents 15 paintings created during two years of the artist’s early career.  

Robert Ryman “Drawings”
Pace Gallery
OPENS: Feb. 23
As the first comprehensive exhibition of drawings by Robert Ryman, Pace brings together more than 50 drawings spanning the broad scope the artist’s career—from his earliest experimentations with drawing in the 1960s to the last drawing he made in 2000.

“Bob Greenberg Selects”
Cooper Hewitt
OPENS: Feb. 23
Bob Greenberg, the founder of the international design innovation company R/GA curates the 16th edition of the museum’s “Select” series with an exhibition that explores creativity in the age of technology through 42 works pulled from the institution’s expansive collection of 210,000 objects.

Tom Wesselmann “Standing Still Lifes”
Gagosian (555 West 24th Street)
CLOSES: Feb. 24
This exhibition of nine monumental works, made between 1967 and 1981, marks the first time that the complete series is shown together. The group of large-scale works, composed of multiple canvases that hang and stand in the gallery space, demonstrates the artist’s inquiries into the spatial and material qualities of painting.

Tom Wesselmann, "Still Life with Belt and Sneaker," 1979 - 1981. Oil on shaped canvases (four separate sections, three free-standing) 119 x 238 x 29 inches. © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy Gagosian.


“Close at Hand: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture”
Gagosian Gallery
CLOSES: Feb. 24
Focusing on intimate gesture and free experimentation, this group showcase (Rachel Whiteread, John Chamberlain, Sterling Ruby) reveals a breadth of formal, conceptual, and material approaches to sculpture, including assemblages, ceramics, and found objects. The exhibition presents varied embodiments of energy, motion, and time—both material and immaterial—within the purview of the human body.
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CCA Wattis
CLOSES: Feb. 24
CCA Wattis’s first group show gathers 20 international artists (Terry Atkinson, Louise Lawler, Richard Hamilton) who, through sculpture, video, painting, installation, and photography, have challenged and disrupted the machines and systems that have governed our everyday lives from 1947 to today.
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Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh “Future History”
OPENS: Feb 21
Working together in Murakami’s Tokyo studio, Murakami and Abloh have produced a unique series of works (sculpture, painting, etc.) in which their styles and trademarks intersect in a stream of free-wheeling, punkish mash-ups.

(Opening image: Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, “Glance past the future,” 2018. © Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami.)

“Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen”
OPENS: Feb. 24
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The MCA presents the first major survey of the work of Howardena Pindell, spanning the multidisciplinary artist’s five-decades-long career—from early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works to the personal and political art that began to emerge in the late ’70s. Together, the pieces demonstrate how the African-American woman artist challenged the art world while also asserting her place in its history.

“Being There”
Louisiana Museum of Art
CLOSES: Feb. 25
In this group exhibition questioning what virtual realities mean for personal identities, a coterie of international contemporary artists (Pamela Rosenkranz, Ian Cheng, Dora Budor) offer their multimedia meditations on a post-digital existence.
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