5 Must-See Chelsea Shows – before June 6!

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Airan Kang at Bryce Wolkowitz: The Luminous Poem

Checked out 20 galleries last week and came away with 5 absolute must-see shows: David Zwirner remains my favorite – two of his artists are on my list (Yayoi Kusama and Lisa Yusakivich). But shows at Bryce Wolkowitz, Steven Kasher, Pace, and DC Moore are all spectacular!

Read below for more details and pics of each show.

DAVID ZWIRNER, 519 and 525 West 19th Street (show runs til 6/13)
Yayoi Kusama

Unfortunately, the line was too long and I couldn’t wait around for the “house” portion but her paintings and the spotted pumpkin sculptures are on display and you can peek into the house to see what ‘s happening even if you don’t have the time to wait in line for a first-hand experience.

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The Obliteration Room Exterior

But here’s what you should expect: the large garage doors will be open to the street and you’ll see a pale-yellow clapboard house, complete with a mailbox, a welcome mat, an American flag and a doghouse. The interior, which started off entirely white is now covered in colorful spots. For the installation, titled The Obliteration Room, each visitor is handed a sheet of round stickers in a variety of bright hues and invited to affix them to any surface inside the house. And you’ll also see people walking around Chelsea with dots on their faces and their clothes – you’ll know they’ve come from the show.

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This is how it looked at the start of the show

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This is the page of dots you are given when you enter the house

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I only got to peek into the door and it was pretty spotty in there……definitely coming back to do this

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Her spotted pumpkins

 

DAVID ZWIRNER, 533 West 19th Street (show runs til 6/13)
Lisa Yusakivich

Have been a huge fan of her paintings for many years and with this show she adds males nudes. I just love her use of color and the juxtaposition of contemporary subject matter done in a Renaissence-style.

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STEVEN KASHER, 515 West 26th Street (til 6/6)
Fred McDarrah: The Artist’s World

McDarrah worked for The Village Voice and became known as the artists’ photographer. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns and Dan Flavin, to name a few, requested McDarrah when they wanted coverage in the magazine. GREAT SHOW.

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PACE, 508 West 25th Street (til 6/27)
“Eureka” Group Show with Tim Hawkinson and Julie Mehretu among others

LOVE this show – really beautiful work.

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Tim Hawkinson’s ‘Gimbled Klein Basket,’ a rotating bamboo lattice depicting a Klein bottle, a single sided object with no boundaries invented by 19th century mathematician Felix Klein.

 

BRYCE WOLKOWITZ, 505 West 24th Street (show runs til 6/13)
Airan Kang: The Luminous Poem

Fabulous show – I’ve definitely become a fan of luminosity!

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Book installation

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Another book installation

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More poems

 

DC Moore, 535 West 22nd Street (til 6/13)
Charles Burchfield: The Nature of Seeing

What a beautiful show!  From the press release: He felt strongly that his identity as an artist was bound up with his relation to nature. “I feel impelled to embrace the earth,” he wrote in his journals. On another day spent in the fields and woods, he found that, “My spirit was in complete harmony with the world of nature and absorbed every sight and sound with a completeness that has not been my lot for many a month.”

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Charles Burchfield watercolor

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Charles Burchfield and his wife

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