1. Florian Pumhösl, Miguel Abreu Gallery (March 2 - April 27)
Pumhösl’s solo exhibtion not only explores the true meaning of signs but also opens Miguel Abreu Gallery’s new location in the Lower East Side. This inaugural show picks apart familiar symbols, such as letters or maps, to overcome assigned meaning and examine the design inherent in a symbol’s shape.
2. Erwin Wurm, Lehmann Maupin (February 28 - April 19)
Wurm challenges his viewers to see the human form, their own form, in a different way. He breaks up the body by inserting unexpected materials and questions humanity by placing familiar yet nonhuman objects in human positions. He pushes his viewers to see that shape they know best in a new light.
3. Ethan Cook, American Contemporary (February 27 - April 2)
Cook’s works are imperfect, and he likes them that way. In a time obsessed with the pursuit of perfection, Cook doesn’t mind that you can see where his (hand-woven) canvases have been stretched or reworked. He embraces imperfection to give his work a new and unusual dimension.
1. Robert Janitz, Team Gallery (February 23 - March 23)
When Janitz makes a painting, he knows exactly what he’s doing. His pieces make viewers very aware of what they are seeing, of the process that created it. He uses this self-awareness to investigate and give viewers a new perspective on the process of painting.
2. Heidi Bucher, Swiss Institute (February 19 - April 20)
Bucher’s solo exhibition highlights the late artist’s greatest achievements from her successful career, spanning over three decades. Accompanying Bucher’s work with background into her processes and archival materials that have never been displayed for the public, the Swiss Institute offers visitors a rare and truly immersive look into Bucher’s work and life.
3. Pat Steir, Cheim & Read (February 20 - March 29)
Steir wants to know just how much her artwork needs her. She creates distance between herself and her abstract works, dripping or pouring paint rather than applying it herself. Steir’s complete abandonment of ego gives her paintings an intriguing strength and independence.
1. Charles Mayton, David Lewis (January 23 - March 2)
Mayton brings surrealism into a contemporary context with his large, colorful paintings. His work intrigues because it seems both modern and historical, aware of its influences but very much rooted in the contemporary art. Mayton has found an enjoyable balance between past and present that Magritte would enjoy.
2. Dustin Hodges, Miguel Abreu Gallery (January 12 - February 23)
Hogdes’ The Shingle Style and The Stick Style demonstrates both design and a sense of humor as it ironically defines its own aesthetic style. The show claims to exemplify the invented “Stick Style” of the late 1800s, during which artists favored architectural minimalism in their artwork.
3. Margaret Weber, Nolan Hendrickson, Charlotte Hammer, Ramiken Crucible (January 26 - February 23)
Crucible has set up a strange scene in their gallery - with one work from each featured artist - and provides an accompanying description of a picturesque beachside home. Viewers are left to reconcile the story they are given with the objects they see or make up their own story, to create their own experience.
1. Doug Wheeler, David Zwirner (February 6 - March 29, 2014)
You lose yourself in Wheeler’s new installation of immersive art environments - but that’s okay, you’re supposed to. Wheeler uses light and the shape of the room to undermine viewers’ spatial perception. His pieces provide visitors with a new, sensational experience
2. David Altmejd, Andrea Rosen Gallery (February 1 – March 8, 2014)
Altmejd boldly gives viewers a unique perspective on art, presenting work that decomposes itself to find meaning in its own makeup. And with his new solo show, visitors can see work from the artist on a larger scale than he’s ever created before. Click here to see Jerry Saltz’s instagram from the show or here to see his review of the “enriching” work.
3. Alex Prager, Lehmann Maupin Gallery (January 9 - February 22, 2014)
Face in the Crowd compiles Prager’s large scale, lush, color photographs of staged crowd scenes to examine the place of the individual within the crowd in beautiful detail. The first US solo show of the photographer also concludes in a film starring actress Elizabeth Banks, who brings Prager’s scenes to life.