Dropping temperatures. Snow-crowded sidewalks. A chill that works its way straight to the bone. Let none of these wintery realities deprive you of a season of cultural experiences. So bundle up, grab your camera, and prepare to hop from gallery to gallery this week. These six outstanding shows are worth any cold-weather inconvenience. Did we mention they’re heated?
In one of the first major presentations outside of Cuba, Concrete Cuba, currently on display at David Zwirner, focuses on twelve artists associated with the country’s modernist art movements and their evolution from the late-1940s through the early 1960s. The colorful abstract art dominated by geometric design speaks volumes of artistic control influenced by political rage. Running January 19 through February 20.
Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes
Spread across Lehmann Maupin’s two locations, Catherine Opie presents two specific bodies of work. In the LES location, you’ll find Opie’s series 700 Nimes Road, in which she documents Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air home over a six-month period, before and after the actress’ death. In the Chelsea venue, Opie displays traditional Old Master-influenced portraits and blurry landscape photos inspired by the work of Gerhard Richter. Running January 14 through February 20.
Delving deep into the mind of an artist, this group exhibition at BravinLee highlights the importance of the self-portrait within the era of the digital selfie. Including a range of approach in the creation of nearly sixty self-portraits, this show features work that elevates the importance of a revealing genre. Running February 4 through March 19.
Jonathan Baldock: The Skin I Live In
In The Skin I Live In, now up at Nicelle Beauchene, Jonathan Baldock gets in touch with a varied mix of artistic genres while exploring multiple mediums. The conclusion is an exciting conundrum of work that lies somewhere between contemporary, modern, and abstract design. Running January 8 through February 7.
Central Booking‘s Paper Monument brings together twenty artists to investigate the various narratives and applications the use of paper can employ. Here, the work is approached with a purity of form and a freedom from function. Running February 11 through February 21.
Katherine Bradford: Fear of Waves
For her one-person exhibition at CANADA, Katherine Bradford explores themes and ideas centralized around depictions of water that are straightforward and hypnagogic. Her unfussy methods allow the viewers to be overwhelmed by the feelings of loss of control while simultaneously experiencing the constraints of each canvas. Running January 9 through February 14.