For a list of the most noteworthy art and design fairs happening this week, and throughout the month of May, see our guide »
Hao Liang “Portraits and Wonders”
980 Madison Avenue
OPENS: May 8
This exhibition of new works by Hao Liang marks the artist’s first show in the United States. The 35-year-old rising star is considered one of the foremost contemporary artists working in traditional Chinese ink painting today, with the pieces on display—including a panoramic thirty-two-foot silk scroll and a diptych portrait—demonstrate how he deploys ancient techniques and themes to explore contemporary thoughts and ideas.
Carl Andre & Lynda Benglis
Paula Cooper Gallery
534 W 21st Street
OPENS: May 10
In celebration of its 50th anniversary year, the gallery hosts a double-header spread across two rooms. In the larger room, Carl Andre’s floor sculpture “Copper Blue Lattice, New York,” 1990, made up of 65 copper and limestone tiles laid in a grid arrangement, and his poetry piece “100 Sonnets,” composed of a repeating word organized in a square block. In the smaller room, Lynda Benglis presents new works in ceramic alongside early floor pieces of brightly pigmented poured latex and a selection of wall pieces in wax.
Marcello Lo Giudice, New Works
791 Madison Avenue
OPENS: May 10
One of the key movers in the second wave of European gestural art, the Italian painter unveils 15 new paintings and six previous works—all of which are sumptuously textured and saturated abstract creations suffused with light and energy.
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”
1000 Fifth Avenue
The Met Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park
OPENS: May 10
The ongoing discourse between fashion and the practices of Catholicism forms the theme of the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit and the heart of this two-venue show. The Met Fifth Avenue arrays some 40 ecclesiastical robes and accessories, many never before seen outside of the Vatican. Uptown at the The Met Cloisters, more than 150 ensembles—largely womenswear, designed by the likes of Cristóbal Balenciaga, John Galliano, and Donatella Versace—are exhibited alongside medieval art, positioning fashion design within the wider context of religious art production. See our preview of the show »
“Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color”
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
OPENS: May 11
Exploring how color and color perception have been codified, manipulated, and employed to dazzling effects by artists and designers from antiquity to present day, this exhibition brings together 190 objects—including texts on color theory, psychedelic posters, Pantone decks, and vivid, 3D-printed sculptures—that illuminate the endless visual possibilities of a polychromatic palette.