1. Pieter Vermeersch, Team Gallery (March 30 - April 27)
Vermeersch’s paintings provide a meditative study in color. The smooth transition of shade and pigment in his pieces makes them both serene and accessible while the perfected nature of these shifts affects an intriguing, digital-like quality.
2. CaterBeside Myself, Lisa Cooley (March 23 - April 27)
Carter wants to define the self - a deeply complex yet omnipresent concept - and attempts to do so in an engaging use of media including his vaguely cubist paintings, attempting to simultaneously discern the individual from multiple perspectives, and a short video starring James Franco and Catherine Keerner.
3. Jay BatleBetween Meals, Bleecker Street Arts Club (February 27 - March 30)
Eating: both necessary and enjoyable, one of the defining routines of our daily life. In his show closing this week, Batle defines time in reference to meals we eat and looks at what we do in the space between them. He examines food’s influence on our lives outside of mealtimes.
1. Chuck CloseNudes, Pace Gallery (February 28 - March 29) Pace’s Nudes provides visitors with a profound and informed view into the work of the renowned Close, most known for his signature portraiture style and who continues to work after suffering severe paralysis in 1988. The show examines Close’s career-long survey of the naked form through various artistic media.
2. Jasper Johns Regrets, MoMA (March 15 - September 1) Johns departs from the iconic motifs that first earned him such acclaim in the late 1950s to develop a series of paintings inspired by a photograph of fellow painter Lucian Freud. The theme allows for the development of a deeply layered, reflective show.
3. Freidrich Kunath The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts), Andrea Rosen Gallery (March 15 - April 26)
Kunath playfully jumps between the realm of the real and imagined in his fourth solo exhibition. With a constant sense of humor, he manages to demonstrate an equal and intriguing absurdity in both while entertaining his audience.
1. Korakrit Arunanondchai, MoMA PS1 (March 9 - May 25)
Arunanondchai has quickly become one of the hottest new artists on the market, and the importance of this show - a mix of the wide variety of media in which the Thai artist works - marks an important step in solidifying his career. The show offers an incredibly personal look at Arunanondchai, who has included multiple members of his family, reflections on his native Thai culture and a video recounting his recent rise to popularity.
2. Harold Ancart, Mateo López & Kevin Beasley, Casey Kaplan (February 27 - April 26)
Kaplan’s new show places the work of the three artists in a provocative conversation with one another. The show houses an astonishing variety of media, including: drawing, painting, animation, audio works, photography, performance art and more. Thus the show proves to be uniquely engaging, approaching art from many different angles.
3. Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum (March 7 - May 25)
It’s back. This year’s biennial looks to include a range of perspectives, recruiting a New York-based, a Chicago-based and a Philadelphia-based curator to each oversee one floor of the show. The famed show is not only one of varying viewpoints but will also be the last biennial to take place at the Whitney’s current location, as the museum will move downtown in spring 2015.
1. Khar Pidda - A Tribute, Flash Art NY Desk (March 4 - April 5)
Flash Art NY Desk has organized a special tribute to Frank Stella’s 1970s series of paintings “Indian Birds,” focusing on “Khar Pidda” (pictured below). The show sheds new, provoking light into Stella’s process and mars the first every show for Flash Art in the space they share with Balice Hertling.
2. Jordan Wolfson, David Zwirner (March 6 - April 19)
This solo show displays a variety of Wolfson’s well known work along with a brand new animatronic sculpture by the artist. Although Wolfson has explored a variety of mediums throughout his successful career, this sculpture is a first for the thought-provoking artist.
3. Tameka Norris & Mark Jenkins, Lombard Freid Projects (March 7 - April 13)
This is a show of several firsts. While both Norris and Jenkins have made names for themselves as cutting-edge, contemporary artists, neither has ever before been featured at Lombard Freid. This show also marks the inauguration of Freid’s space, which suffered great damage during Hurricane Sandy.