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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more

By Howard Halle |
Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery

With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, 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.

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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

Bill Traylor, Hunter on Horseback with Spotted Dog, 1939-1942
Photograph: Courtesy The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and Family Collections and David Zwirner New York/London/Paris Hong Kong
Art, Folk art

Bill Traylor

icon-location-pin David Zwirner, Lenox Hill

Bill Traylor (1854–1949) is generally acknowledged as a master of 20th-century art, a reputation made all the remarkable by the fact that he was self-taught former slave who began making at at age 85. This exhibition offers a selection of Traylor’s renderings from The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and Family Collections.  

Sérgio Sister, Impress your feelings with your fingerprint, 1970
Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler
Art, Drawing

“The Pencil Is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists”

icon-location-pin The Drawing Center, Soho

Inmate art has long held a fascination for the way it provides a window into the lives of those coping with imprisonment. This exhibition offers examples created by individuals who were incarcerated for reasons ranging from political dissent to mental illness.

H. R. Giger, Birth Machine Baby, 1998, detail
Photograph: Matthias Belz, © H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland, courtesy Gagosian Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

“Birth Machine Baby: H. R. Giger and Mark Prent”

icon-location-pin Gagosian Gallery Park & 75, Lenox Hill

Sculptures by Swiss artist H.R. Giger (1940–2014), creator of the monster that rampaged through Alien, are joined here by objects from Mark Prent, a Canadian artist with a similar taste for grotesque surrealism. You may find yourself spooked.

Installation view of “Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation”
Photograph: Tom Powel Imaging, courtesy The Brant Foundation
Art, Contemporary art

“Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation”

icon-location-pin The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, East Village

This show features paintings and sculptures drawn from the collection of The Brant Foundation. Featured are a list of name-brand contibutors, ranging from Pop Art icons like Andy Warhol to current art market faves like Urs Fisher.

Katsura Funakoshi, Sound of Tree Water, 2019
Photograph: Courtesy Van Doren Waxter
Art, Contemporary art

“Katsura Funakoshi: A Tower in the Night Forest”

icon-location-pin Van Doren Waxter, Central Park

Japan’s representative at the 1998 Venice Biennale, Katsura Funakoshi is a figurative sculptor who works primarily in wood. He's known for crafting sublime, enigmatic busts of subjects who alternate between surreal, mythical beings possessed of an animistic presence and straightforward portraits of friends and acquaintances.

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