5 Must-See Shows in Chelsea: and Neon is the Biggest Trend!

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Spent Thursday afternoon checking out the season’s new art shows.  So many blockbusters – and definitely a neon/fluorescent trend underway.

Read below for artists, galleries and photos from the shows:

Dan Flavin: Corners, Barriers and Corridors
Zwirner Gallery,537 West 20th Street
Til October 24, 2015
10 Flavin light pieces from the late 60’s/early 70’s. LOVE his work!!

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Dan Flavin

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Dan Flavin

 

Isa Genzken
Zwirner Gallery, 519 West 19th Street
Til October 31, 2015
This exhibition highlights recent freestanding floor sculptures belonging to Genzken’s Schauspieler (Actors) series, which debuted as part of her retrospective at MoMA, New York in 2013. The series, consisting of elaborately outfitted mannequins holding an array of props and accessories, marks a new direction within her practice: with the mannequin functioning as the sculpture’s base, the artist employs a figurative idiom—presently making it her most explicit engagement with the human form—in contrast to the abstract and geometric modes that characterized previous work.

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Isa Genzken – and note, that is a real kid on the lower left!!

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Isa Genzken

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Isa Genzken

 

Mike Kelley
Hauser & Wirth,511 West 18th Street
Til October 24, 2015
Organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the exhibition focuses exclusively on Kandors (Superman’s birthplace). These visually opulent, technically ambitious sculptures combine with videos and a sprawling installation never before exhibited in the United States.

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Mike Kelley

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Mike Kelley

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Mike Kelley

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Mike Kelley

 

Roy Lichtenstein: Green Street Mural
Gagosian, 555 West 24th
Til October 17, 2015
In December 1983, Lichtenstein created Greene Street Mural, an unprecedented, site-specific, and temporary wall painting measuring 18′ × 96 1/2′ at the Castelli Gallery at 142 Greene Street. In accordance with Lichtenstein’s intention, the work was destroyed after the six-week show. More than thirty years later, Gagosian is exhibiting this full-scale painted replica of the original work, based on documentation from Lichtenstein’s studio and produced under the supervision of his former studio assistant. In keeping with the momentous spirit of the original project, the replica will be destroyed at the close of the exhibition.

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Roy Lichtenstein

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Roy Lichtenstein

 

Sarah Sze
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street
Til October 17, 2015
The artist’s first major gallery show in the United States since representing the U.S. in the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). In this new body of work, Sze highlights sound, light, paint and image as materials to sculpt and navigate space. I especially love the upstairs sky-lit gallery where a group of works explores the theme of the deteriorating garden. Diaphanous light, dust, and clay create a fragile and suspended landscape of events. In the smaller room, check out the sculpture entitled Measuring Stick. In a return to video, Sze questions how we measure time and space. A computer within the sculpture scrapes data from a NASA website that measures the distance between Earth and the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which has been in orbit since 1977.

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Sarah Sze

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Sarah Sze installation with video

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Sarah Sze – First floor gallery

 

ALSO WORTH CHECKING OUT:

Thrush Holmes: Heavy Painting
Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 West 24th Street
Til October 17, 2015
This gallery never disappoints. Holmes’ turbulent scrawls electrify the canvas. Paint drips down like blood and sweat. Viewing these works is the visual equivalent of being thrown into the mosh pit.

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Thrush Holmes

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Thrush Holmes

 

Walter Swennen: At My Own Risk, Couldn’t Be Better
Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street
Til October 17, 2015
Swennen’s first American exhibition in over twenty years. The exhibition features Swennen’s humorous and incisive brightly hued paintings. Language, legibility, subjectivity and symbolic meaning are explored and challenged. Really fabulous!!

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Walter Swennen – LOVE his work

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Walter Swennen

 

Enrique Martinez Celaya
Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24th Street
Til October 24, 2015
The artist blends reality, fantasy and memory to create a world that is both semi-autobiographical and universally applicable.

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Enrique Martinez Celaya

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Enrique Martinez Celaya

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Enrique Martinez Celaya

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