Current exhibits at the Whitney Museum of American Art

See what exhibitions are currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

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El Anatsui

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The Ghanaian artist returns to New York for the first time since his triumphant 2013 Brooklyn Museum survey with the latest iterations of his shimmering wall hangings and sculptures made of liquor bottle caps, printing plates and copper wire.

  1. Mnuchin Gallery 45 E 78th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10075
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 13
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Duane Hanson

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Often lumped in as part of the 1960s–’70s Photorealism movement, Duane Hanson's figurative sculptures went way beyond the snapshot verisimilitude practiced by painters associated with the movement. His works, whose subjects were mostly ordinary, even schlubby, Americans, achieved a waxwork perfection so uncanny that it was easy to mistake them for living human beings. Custodians, construction workers and tourists in loud Hawaiian shirts were all given the Hanson treatment. The show at Gagosian's funky storefront venue on the Upper East Side consists of a lone sculpture of a security guard with eyes gazing at the floor in a somewhat dejected expression. Together, object and space create an urban purgatory amidst the tony precincts of Park Avenue.

  1. Gagosian Gallery Park & 75 821 Park Ave, at 75th St, 10021
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Wed Dec 3
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Carlo Mollino, "Polaroids"

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Mollino (1905–1973) was an Italian architect and designer whose portfolio included furniture, interiors and even racing cars, all done in a style that might be described as midcentury baroque. He was also something of a photographer and apparently his favorite subjects were suggestively posed, often seminaked female models, in images that combined high-fashion aesthetics with soft-core erotic conventions. The Polaroids here—shot in Mollino's hillside villa overlooking Turin between 1962 and 1973—are excellent examples.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 976 Madison Ave , between 76th and 77th Sts , 10075
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 20
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"Mario Schifano: The 60s"

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Though not particularly well-known in the United States, Italian artist Mario Schifano (1934–1998) was shown alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Arman and Yves Klein in the groundbreaking “New Realists” exhibit at Sidney Janis Gallery in 1962, one of the first shows to not only highlight Pop Art but examine it in an international context. However, Schifano shifted direction far too often to be pigeonholed as a Pop artist, and his handling of paint was expressive even when he used corporate logos (like Coca-Cola’s) as subjects. This exhibition, adapted from one originally mounted at the gallery’s London location, takes a look back at the most productive decade of his career.

  1. Luxembourg & Dayan 64 E 77th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10075
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Jan 10
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Blair Thurman

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Thurman specializes in snappy, colorful, shaped canvases that imbue geometric forms with Pop Art pizzazz, giving Donald Judd's notion of the minimalist "specific object" a revved-up appeal. They have a totemic quality that borrows from sources as disparate as native art from the Northwest and Mattel's Hot Wheels.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 980 Madison Ave, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 20
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Enrico David

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The London artist's figurative sculptures seem to capture their subjects in the midst of morphing from one state into the next, and you can discern within them echoes of classic modernists such as Nadelman, Giacometti, Brancusi and Calder.

  1. Michael Werner 4 E 77th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Jan 24
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Walter De Maria

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  • Free

De Maria (1935–2013), a pioneer of Minimal, Conceptual and land art, was perhaps best know for his Lightning Field—a massive installation of 400 polished stainless-steel poles, placed in the New Mexico desert in a grid array stretching one mile by one kilometer. Units of measurement, and more specifically the tricks they can play, were important to his work, which embodied the spiritual qualities of geometry as a method for unlocking the secrets of space in both literal and cosmic senses. This smallish exhibit is the first since Gagosian recently announced its role as handler of the artist's estate.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 980 Madison Ave, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 20
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Claude Rutault

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Some 35 years ago, this French painter was one of the first artists to participate in the studio program at MoMA PS1 (then known simple as PS1). It was the last time his refined brand of shaped-canvas minimalism was seen in New York until now. The exhibit affords an opportunity to catch up with what he's been doing in the interim.

  1. Galerie Perrotin 909 Madison Ave , at 73rd St, 10021
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Jan 3
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