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THURSDAY, MAY 10
Ari Marcopoulos: Wherever you go
Marlborough Chelsea (545 West 25th Street)
An exhibition comprised of large-scale pigment prints and small photographs on rice paper. Marcopoulos has put the pieces through multiple print runs and created a physical texture beyond just that captured on the film roll. He focuses heavily on the conditions of medium itself, and explores the limits of cellphone video, zine-making, and point-and-shoot photography in Wherever you go.
Maira Kalman: 37 Paintings
Julie Saul Gallery (535 West 22nd Street)
Kalman has brought to life such memorable characters as Max the Parisian dog dreamer/beat poet through her children’s books, and her bold colorful work has graced the covers of the New Yorker numerous times. Famed illustrator Maira Kalman shows a selection of paintings taken from her books from the last two years, and those completed during her residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2011. Her sketchy gouache paintings make us both nostalgic from travel and childhood.
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Cindy Sherman and Projects 97: Mark Boulos
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) (11 West 53rd St)
Cindy Sherman, a retrospective survey that traces the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present that brings together more than 170 photographs by the artist. Also at MOMA is Mark Boulos’ 2008 work All that Is Solid Melts into Air, two large-scale videos, presents two communities on opposite ends of the world, each locked in a struggle to control oil.
Lucio Fontana: Ambienti Spaziali
Gagosian Gallery (555 West 24th Street)
A survey of the work of Lucio Fontana. Six of his environments, known as Ambienti Spaziali, have been reconstructed, providing a completely new perspective for the rich and varied retrospective of more than one hundred major works that surrounds them. The exhibition includes many works that have rarely been seen and reunites important series from public and private collections. Check out the NY Times review here.
Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
Metropolitan Museum of Art (6 East 82nd Street)
Self-portraits made by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) and Edgar Degas (1834–1917) at the start of their careers are seen side by side, for the first time, in an exhibition that highlights the Dutch master’s guiding influence on the young French Impressionist and offers an intimate look at their unique kinship. Opening on May 10, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, the Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, the exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work.
Left: Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, circa 1628, collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdamn. Right: Edgar Degas, Self-portrait, circa 1854, collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.