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, April 24–Sunday, April 30
Remarkably, Rama, a self-taught Italian artist, lived to the ripe old age of 103, and the energy that sustained her for so long is evident in the aggressively erotic drawings drawings that were her métier. Much of her long career was spent in obscurity, though in the last decade of her life she received major recognition in the form of museum shows and the award of a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2003 Venice Biennale. This is her first major survey in the United States.
Carol Rama, Epifania (Epiphany), 2003
Photograph: Courtesy Andrea Rossetti
Among Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War, Hungary was the most permissive in allowing cutting-edge art but only up to a point. The testing of those limits is recalled in this show of 30 artists from that place and time.
“With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies”
Elizabeth Dee Gallery
Associated with the Pictures Generation, Lawler was also one of the authors of Institutional Critique, a Conceptualist genre that made museums and other constituents of the art establishment the subject of a deconstructive inquiry. In Lawler’s case, that entailed photos of other artist’s works hanging in museums, storage rooms and the home of collectors. Elegant and cooly composed, Lawler’s images demystified the art object by showing how it lives as a commodity and piece of decor. MoMA surveys her career, which spans nearly 40 years.
Louise Lawler, Pollyanna, 2007/2008/2012
Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures
Exhibition announcements, art magazine covers and auction house catalogs and some of the source materials that Mullen, who is both autistic snd self-taught, draws upon to create his thickly painted canvases. They're charged with an ineffable, visual presence that gives the efforts of many so-called insider artists a run for their money.
Marlon Mullen, untitled, 2017
Courtesy JTT and NIAD Art Center