With New York's art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you'll want to be sure to catch significant shows. Time Out New York rounds up the top five art exhibitions of the week, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.
Monday, June 27–Sunday, July 3
A protege of his cousin, Thornton Dial, Lockett (1965–1998) followed his mentor’s lead in using of cast-off materials, albeit to different ends. In contrast to Dial’s explosive, all-over approach, Lockett’s compositions were contained within balanced arrangements of elements. While Dial’s art was all about frenetic energy, Lockett’s work seems more contemplative, relying on a mysterious and surreal iconography of animals (deers, dogs, horses) that evoke life in the rural South. This show represents his first museum retrospective.Read more
A Mexico City artist who also lives and works in London, Brüggemann takes a page out the text-based playbook of late-’60s Conceptual Art, suffusing the era’s cerebrally opaque aesthetic with pop-cultural bad-boy attitude to create works (sculptures, videos, paintings, drawings) that are part Richard Prince, part Joseph Kosuth. His installation here—the latest iteration of his ongoing series, “Headlines and Last Line in the Movies”— comprises mirrored panels spray-painted with the final bits of dialog from Citizen Kane, overlaid with newspaper headlines from the week in which the work was made.
Stefan Brüggemann, Timeless, 2015, detail
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth New York
This show represents the American debut of the acclaimed Afro-British filmmaker whose multi-channel installations deal with memory, post-colonialism and the African diaspora in Europe and the United States. Although Akomfrah is known for using found or archival footage, the pieces in this show were shot by the artist himself.
John Akomfrah, Auto Da Fé, 2016
Photograph: © Smoking Dogs Films
Conner (1933–2008) is among the most important postwar artists you’ve probably never heard of. A pioneer of the West Coast scene and an early practitioner of found-object assemblage, he delved into rise of consumerist culture and fears of nuclear armageddon during the height of the Cold War. His work encompasses painting painting, sculpture, photography, performance and film. With respect to the last, his 1958 classic, A Movie, employed rapid-edit montages of appropriated TV commercials and movie footage put to an musical soundtrack; the darkly ironic result was startlingly ahead of it time. This show—the artist’s first monographic museum exhibition in New York, the first large survey of his work in 16 years and the first complete retrospective of his 50-year career—brings together over 250 examples of his groundbreaking work.
Bruce Conner, BOMBHEAD, 2002
Photograph: The Museum of Modern Art
Algus specializes in resurrecting little-know but worthy-of-attention careers, and he's found an interesting example here in Burkhart, a painter who minted his reputation on the West Coast during the 1980s before moving to New York, where his work wasn’t well understood. It’s easy to see why: His paintings—an abstracted blend of Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Bellmer and Albert Pinkham Ryder—delve into a dark, nightmarish strain of veiled eroticism that might not be to everyone’s taste. Difficult as the are, however, these large surreal canvases, painted in oils and heavily varnished like Old Masters, are uniquely stunning.
Dan Burkhart, Vwaga, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Mitchell Algus Gallery