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OPENING THIS WEEK
Whitney Museum (945 Madison Avenue)
Thursday, July 12 from 11am-6pm
“This retrospective of the Japanese artist takes care to highlight the more subtle side of her practice, with early paintings, collages, and performance documentation. But that’s not to say that it neglects the artist’s bombastic spot paintings and sexually charged nude happenings. The show demonstrates the sweep of a diverse career which has most recently produced a series of brightly-colored paintings reminiscent of a looser Keith Haring, on view in the final gallery.“ — Kyle Chayka
Dr. Seuss – Rare Editions
AFA (Animazing Fine Art) (54 Greene Street)
Saturday, July 14 from 8-10pm
“AFA sheds light on the so-called ‘secret art’ of Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved children’s book author and illustrator who wrote under the pseudonym, ’Dr. Seuss.’ Included in this show are a selection of the good doctor’s paintings and sculptures he ‘created at night for his own personal enjoyment.’ For those who wonder what this Dr. Seuss apocrypa looks like, the artist once said, ‘In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies.’ Do with that what you will.” — Chloe Wyma
Metro Pictures (519 West 24th Street)
Mercifully, this show is isn’t about rigid doctrines held by a religion of organization. It’s about dogs. Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer brings together artists including Allora/Calzadilla, Olaf Breuning, Jack Goldstein, Richard Hamilton, Martin Kippenberger, Dieter Roth, Jim Shaw, Haim Steinbach, Mungo Thomson, Rosmarie Trockel, William Wegman and Christopher Wool to investigate the inextricable relationship between men and their proverbial best friends. Note: Nina Beier’s “Tragedy,” a performance wherein a live dog plays dead as it lies on a rug. Tragedy, will intermittently occur throughout the exhibition.
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue)
This comprehensive mid-career survey features over 70 color photographs and five video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. Rineke Dijkstra is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan
MoMA P.S.1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue)
This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement.
Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language
MoMA (11 West 53rd Street)
A group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond. The work that these artists create belongs to a distinguished history of poem/objects, and concrete language experiments that dates to the beginnings of modernism, and includes both the Dada and Futurist moments as well as the recrudescence of Neo-Dada in the late 1950s, and international literary movements like concrete and sound poetry in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. On view through August 27, 2012.
Constructs, Abrasions, Melons and Cucumbers: Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal
Bortolami Gallery (520 West 20th Street)
The exhibition aims to underline the artists’ contrasting ways of “mis”-leading the audience’s first reading of their work. Though forty-two years apart in age, both artists are interested in challenging the potential of their chosen mediums: Kasten presents complex sculpture as photography; Beal incorporates architectural elements into sculptural works, as well as transforming natural objects into humorous constructs. On view through August 3, 2012.
Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration
Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street)
The Neue Galerie is joining in the international celebration of the 150th birthday of Austrian Modernist Gustav Klimt by mounting a large-scale exhibition of major paintings, drawings, and never-before-seen photographs. The show coincides with several Viennese museum exhibitions, including shows at the Albertina, Belvedere, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Leopold Museum, and Wien Museum, each shining a spotlight on different aspects of the artist’s work and life. On view through August 27, 2012.
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Accumulation, c. 1963. Sewn and stuffed fabric, wood chair frame, paint, 35 1/2 × 38 1/2 × 35 in. (90.2 × 97.8 × 88.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 2001.342. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph by Tom Powel, courtesy of the Whitney Museum