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, August 29–Sunday, September 4
Works by 25 contemporary artists are paired with African masks to explore the ways in which becoming something or someone else reshape the relationship between individual and society.
Iké Udé, Sartorial Anarchy #23, 2013
Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Leila Heller Gallery
The New York half of this two-city show in London and Gotham pairs single works by Urs Fischer and Richard Serra on the one hand, and Jeff Koons and 19th-century Italian sculptor Vincenzo Gemito on the other. The result creates a theatrical metaphor for artistic dialog, likening the artworks to actors on stage. Thus, Serra’s famed video of his hand trying to catch falling lead weights, squares off against Fischer’s sculpture of a pair of disembodied hands holding a chair, while Gemito’s wax portrait bust of composer Giuseppe Verdi similarly confronts Koons’s stainless-steel sculpture titled, Italian Woman.
Installation view of “MELODRAMA: Act 2”
Photograph: Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan
Neither a sculptor or a painter precisely, Stockholder could be described as a colorist who works in three dimensions, using a palette of found objects and materials (furniture, plastic goods, fabrics, hardware, paint, paper) to conjure vivid, deconstructionist tableaux. Her output over the past 30 years has set the template for artists from Sarah Sze to Rachel Harrison. This show features her latest efforts, including a site-specific installation.
Jessica Stockholder, Detached Detail JS #685, 2016
Photograph: David Williams