“A.R. Penck: New Paintings”
Michael Werner, through Mar 9
One of the leading lights of Germany’s postwar painting boom, Penck is known for his glyphlike figurative compositions, which seem to speak in a kind of totemic shorthand that’s as universal as it is private. This is his first show of new paintings in New York in four years.
David Shrigley, “Signs”
Anton Kern Gallery, through Feb 16
The Glaswegian artist and author is known for his text-based artworks, and here he presents a series of scrolls, banners, bronze plaques and neon signs as a kind of meditation on semiotics. The presence of a large black gong provides a sculptural punctuation mark.
Francis Alÿs, “REEL-UNREEL”
David Zwirner, through Feb 9
The centerpiece of this show is a film shot in Kabul, Afghanistan, which depicts children rolling reels of film down a hill as if they’re playing a traditional street game involving hoops. A boy in the lead unwinds one reel, while another follows with a take-up, transforming the pair of urchins into a human projector.
Bortolami + Friedrich Petzel Gallery, through Feb 16
The venerable French Conceptualist, known for his site-specific wallpaper installations featuring alternating stripes of color and white, is feted by a two-gallery show at Bortolami and Petzel Gallery. The former will present new works, while the latter hosts a four-decade survey of the artist’s historical works.
Ishmael Randall Weeks, “Quion”
Eleven Rivington, through Feb 10
Broadly speaking, the work of this Peruvian artist—which encompasses sculpture, collage, drawing, film and installation, and often utilizes found objects and materials—concerns itself with the interaction of built and natural environments, and delves into such associated topics as urbanization, transportation networks, immigration patterns and topography. This is his second solo show with the gallery.
“On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman”
Maccarone, through Feb 16
The legendary comic genius who pushed the boundaries between real life and his act and between comedy and performance art is remembered in this exhibition of ephemera—photographs, correspondence, stage notations, scripts, props and costumes—related to his career.