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Weekend Cheat Sheet: April 23 - 29, 2018

Takashi Murakami's homage to Francis Bacon, redefining eroticism with Léon Ferrari, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

Takashi Murakami's homage to Francis Bacon, redefining eroticism with Léon Ferrari, 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

“Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund”
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
OPENS: April 24
The enthusiastic patron, collector, and museum trustee has funded more than 700 works of art over the past five decades. This exhibition displays but a small fraction of her gifts, assembling a wide-ranging group of artworks—including pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Yayoi Kusama, and Nick Cave—in a rich, nonchronological dialogue.

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“Miya Ando: Clouds”
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
OPENS: April 25
Two site-specific sculptures made of plate-glass etched with images of clouds go on view in the museum’s indoor-outdoor gallery. The works pair with Isamu Noguchi’s large basalt sculptures, and like his works, employ the ephemeral to shape space.

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León Ferrari “For a World With No Hell”
Galeria Nara Roesler
22 East 69th Street, 3R
OPENS: April 27
The gallery presents a curated selection of 22 collages from the Buenos Aires–born artist. Together, the pieces illustrate Ferrari’s preoccupation with eroticism, language, violence, and the dynamics of power—all recurring themes in his work, which seeks to interrogate religious, political, and scientific doctrines that much of the world takes for granted.

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Takashi Murakami “Heads ↔ Heads”
Perrotin
130 Orchard Street
OPENS: Saturday April 28
Spanning two floors of the gallery, this solo exhibition will showcase a selection of new and recent work, including a series inspired by artist Francis Bacon, which integrates familiar Murakami motifs—colorfully rendered eyes, mushrooms, characters—set against a platinum leaf background. Also on view, the 33-foot-long monumental painting “Transcendent Attacking a Whirlwind,” a homage to Japanese artist Soga Shohaku composed of ten wood panels painted in acrylic and highlighted with gold and platinum leaf.

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Takashi Murakami, "Homage to Francis Bacon (Study for Head of George Dyer (on light ground))," 2016 Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame 100×100×5cm/393/8 ×393/8 ×115/16 in ©2016 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Claire Dorn, Courtesy Perrotin

ELSEWHERE

“Open House” at Furth Yashar &
The Schindler House
833 N. Kings Road
London
OPENS: April 26
In a rare takeover of the iconic Schindler House in Los Angeles, the pop-up design gallery Furth Yashar & collaborates with The MAK Center for Art and Architecture to showcase new work from local emerging artists with massive talent: Elyse Graham, Alex Hagentorn, Alex J. Reed, and Jonathan Zawada. From the atmosphere and the artworks, this show’s not to be missed.

(Opening image: A sculpture by Alex Hagentorn. Photo: Courtesy Furth Yashar &)

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Mika Rottenberg Solo Exhibition
The Bass Museum
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami
CLOSES: April 30
The Argentinian multimedia artist continues to blend historical realism and fiction as part of her interrogation of hypercapitalism. Exhibited here, her video installations “NoNoseKnows” and “Cosmic Generator” illuminate the tensions between global systems and human existence through a poetic and absurdist lens.

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“William Cordova Now’s the Time: Narratives of Southern Alchemy”
Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami
OPENS: April 27
Disregarding traditional Western typologies, the Miami artist’s practice mixes and mingles the symbols and narratives of worlds as diverse as hip-hop culture and pre-Columbian Inca history. In this extensive survey, his drawings, installations, and sculptures are explored through the lens of three main themes: transmission, alchemy, and transcendence.

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