Top Five Art Shows To See In Chelsea Now

 

Galleries are closed for Memorial Day Weekend but these shows are all up through June, some even July. If you’re going to be in NYC, check them out – they’re absolutely stellar!

Raymond Pettibon
David Zwirner Gallery
519 West 19th Street (Garage Space)
Til June 24

This is one of my favorite artists and one of my favorite galleries. I especially love the garage space where this show is installed. The space also served as the studio for Pettibon to create much of this work.

Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American high/low culture. His influences include the SoCal punk-rock scene of the late 1970s/80s and the DIY aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines of the movement.

Read on below for additional shows as well as photos of the work.

Raymond Pettibon @ Zwirner

 

‘Books. Dieter Roth. Björn Roth. Studio’
Hauser & Wirth Gallery
548 West 22nd Street
Til July 29

This incredible exhibition, curated by the artist’s son, offers rare insights into the central role that books played in the artistic practice of legendary German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth (1930 – 1998).

The installation is the actual studio from Basel, Switzerland, shared by the father and son artmaking team, that includes furniture, books, and an array of personal items reflecting not just the Roths’ practice but a defining philosophy in which art and daily life are indivisible. The show is on the ground floor and the 3rd floor – worth the trek up the stairs.

 

Felix Gonzalez-Torres
David Zwirner Gallery
537 West 20th Street
Til June 24

Beautiful show marking the announcement that Zwirner will now co-represent the artist’s estate with Andrea Rosen Gallery. This first exhibition is drawn from museum and private collections. It spans several bodies of work from throughout the artist’s influential career including two of his candy spill works (note: you are encouraged to take individual candies, the gallery will replenish them), the light string works, the diaphanous blue curtains and two of his beaded curtains.

Candy work

Anselm Kiefer
Gagosian Gallery
522 West 21st
Til July 14

These new drawings, paintings and artist’s books felt very biblical to me with references to the Garden Of Eden, to snakes and sexual temptation.

Central to the exhibition are more than forty artist’s books, painted with gesso to mimic marble, displayed in an installation of glass vitrines. Erotic female nudes and faces emerge from the pages.

 

Leo Villareal
Pace Gallery
537 West 24th Street
Til June 17

Villareal is well known for his massive installation pieces e.g. lighting up the Bay Bridge in San Francisco and most recently lighting the bridges of the River Thames in London.

This is the light artist’s first solo exhibition at Pace Gallery. Blurring the lines between LED and projections, Villareal uses modern technology to create an ethereal experience for the viewer.

 

AND ONE LAST THING:

As I was getting my Citibike in Chelsea at 26th Street to ride back downtown, I noticed this amazing woman with a Frida Kahlo style hairdo – I told her how great she looked. I rode the bike to Mercer and Spring (for those of you who don’t know, at least 30 blocks), lo and behold, there she is again entering a building right at the Citibike docking station. I asked if I could take a photo, she told me she was an artist, and then she was off in an elevator. Have no idea who she is but beautiful way to cap off a great art day.

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