Check out TONY’s selection of recently opened shows that are worth a visit.
1/10Photograph: Courtesy P.P.O.W. GalleryMelanie Bonajo, Chair, Table, Person, 2012
Melanie Bonajo, “So, does this hippy crap really work? One Question, Three Rooms, 44 Possible Answers”P.P.O.W. Gallery, through Mar 30The Dutch artist’s staged photographic tableaux have a deliberately amateurish quality, and appear to take aim at a number of targets, including consumerism, New Ageism, feminism and pornography.
2/10Photograph: Charles BentonAura Rosenberg, Untitled (Versailles), 2012
Aura Rosenberg, “I Know It When I See It”Martos Gallery, through Mar 30The title refers to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous opinion on the nature of hard-core pornography, outlined in a landmark 1964 case. The remark is pertinent to this show, in which Rosenberg presents overpainted inkjet images of porn, as well as life-size impressions of couples (including the artist and her husband) who were dipped in white paint before having sex on queen-size pieces of black velvet.
3/10Photograph: Courtesy Elizabeth Dee GalleryLeo Gabin, Slo Bucks, 2013, detail
Leo GabinElizabeth Dee Gallery, through Apr 20Leo Gabin isn’t an individual, but rather a collaboration of three artists—Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem and Robin De Vooght—who live and work in Ghent, Belgium. Their art delves into notion that contemporary society is defined by media images, with videos that touch upon youth culture, and layered silk-screen paintings that bear a striking resemblance to Robert Rauschenberg’s mid-’60s work.
4/10Ansel Krut, Broken Idealist, 2013
Ansel KrutMarlborough Chelsea, through Mar 30In his latest works, the South Africa–born British painter offers a smorgasbord of stylistic references to early-20th-century modern art, spiced with sexual and political subtexts.
5/10Photograph: Courtesy Cheim & ReadAl Held, The Yellow X, 1965
“Al Held: Alphabet Paintings”Cheim & Read, through Apr 20Al Held added Pop Art verve to Minimalist painting in the mid-1960s, nowhere more so than in this series of works that transform letters into graphically bold abstractions.
6/10Photograph: Courtesy ScaramoucheGuy Ben-Ari, The Hidden Observer, 2013
Guy Ben-Ari, “Out of Sight”Scaramouche, through Apr 28Bonnard meets Lacan in the artist’s figure-populated interior, which stake out “the connection between psychoanalytic theory, semiotics and the medium of painting.”
7/10Photograph: ShootArt Mobile 1Virginia Overton, Untitled (hot tub), 2013
Virginia OvertonMitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, through Apr 6Overton presents a kind of postapocalyptic day spa, with an old cast-iron tub filled with water being heated by an electric coffeemaker, and an entire gallery wall paneled with floorboards made of eastern red cedar.
8/10Photograph: Salon 94Iona Rozeal Brown, Archangel “E” (Eating It), 2013
Iona Rozeal Brown, “Introducing…The House of Bando”Salon 94 Freemans, through Apr 27East meets West in Brown’s gender-bending mix of Japanese art and hip-hop style, with paintings that draw inspiration from the worlds of voguing and Kabuki theater.
9/10Photograph: Courtesy On Stellar RaysRochelle Feinstein, Wrong, 2002
Rochelle FeinsteinHigher Pictures, through Apr 27 + On Stellar Rays, through Apr 28Works made over the past decade by the veteran artist—known for her funky, text-based paintings, photos and installation—are spread out over two galleries, uptown and down.
10/10Photograph: Courtesy 47 CanalJohn Finneran, Restful Spirits (Sunset), 2012
John Finneran, “Goin’ Home”47 Canal, through Apr 7Finneran populates his dark, loosely brush canvases with female nudes and views of the crescent moon, evoking, perhaps, some connection between personal mythology and cyclical time.