Ten sculpture exhibitions you should see

Put these shows on your list of must-see art.

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  • Photograph: Pierce Jackson

    ”Raw/Cooked: Marela Zacarias” at the Brooklyn Museum, through Apr 28
    The latest entry in the Brooklyn Museum series dedicated to emerging young talents presents colorful sculptural wall reliefs inspired by the “Williamsburg Murals,” the WPA-era painting cycle that’s a highlight of the museum’s collection.

  • Photograph: Robert Wedemeyer

    Amanda Ross-Ho, “Gone Tomorrow” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, through May 18
    Shredded is the new black in these wall hangings, resembling oversize dresses that have been subjected to various unkind cuts and elisions. A gargantuan gold-plated earring in the shape of letters spelling out the show’s title suggests that the theme may have something to do with our current economic malaise.

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Jewish Museum

    “As it were…So to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom” at The Jewish Museum, through Aug 4
    Bloom uses items from the Jewish Museum’s collections to create a sort of imaginary Talmudic discourse between historical personages. Einstein and Proust, Duke Ellington and Marilyn Monroe are among the celebrities so engaged within Bloom’s conceptual installation.

  • Photograph: Genevieve Hanson

    B. Wurtz at Metro Pictures, through Apr 27
    Wurtz returns to the scene of his well-received 2011 retrospective with more of his signature offhandedly created sculptures, made out such refuse as old socks, plastic bags, tin cans and even elements of previous works that became broken.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

    Martin Boyce, “It’s Over and Over” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, through May 25
    This Glaswegian artist and winner of the 2011 Turner Prize makes evocative sculptures with a smooth midcentury vibe, suggesting a mash-up of Noguchi, Calder and early-career Ellsworth Kelly. The works here include a table-cum-lantern contraption, as well as photos taken aboard an aircraft, which depict a window-shaped patch of sunlight moving across the plane’s interior.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery

    Mattia Bonetti, “Indoor/Outdoor” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, through May 4
    According to the gallery, Bonetti doesn’t create furniture, but rather makes “functional sculpture.” Whatever the case, the pieces here—which include surreal table lamps and chairs made of such materials as bronze and gold-plated brass—are certainly luxurious.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Clifton Benevento

    Zak Kitnick at Clifton Benevento, through May 25
    The artist brings an erector-set vibe to Minimalism with sculptures cobbled out of screw-together industrial shelving parts. His latest works are based on a color system associated with feng shui.

  • Photograph: Jason Mandella

    Nathan Mabry, “Shapeshifter” at Sean Kelly Gallery, through May 4
    The L.A. artist raids the art-historical closet of sculptural styles and objects, presenting massive pre-Columbian heads atop facsimiles of Donald Judd boxes, and giant Cubistic hands fashioned out of rusted steel.

  • Photograph: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    “Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, through June 16
    Plant life and human anatomy are some of the inspirations for the work of this Cambodian artist, whose open-weave, basketlike sculptures made of rattan often take on sinuous undulating forms that hover between abstraction and representation.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Pace Gallery

    Zhang Xiaogang at Pace Gallery, through Apr 27
    The Chinese artist’s portraits (done in a style that suggests 1960s Pop Art filtered through Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution) have always exuded an air that’s both funereal and claustrophobic. The works in this two-venue show—which feature the debut of the artist’s painted bronze busts—are no exception.

Photograph: Pierce Jackson

”Raw/Cooked: Marela Zacarias” at the Brooklyn Museum, through Apr 28
The latest entry in the Brooklyn Museum series dedicated to emerging young talents presents colorful sculptural wall reliefs inspired by the “Williamsburg Murals,” the WPA-era painting cycle that’s a highlight of the museum’s collection.


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