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Last Chance to See These Art Exhibitions: NYC

A guide to must-see exhibitions in New York City ending in February 2024:

Jennifer Guidi: Rituals

Gagosian 541 West 24th St, New York

Now-2nd March 2024

Jennifer Guidi, Hour after Hour Like an Opening Flower, 2022–23. Sand, acrylic, oil, and rocks on linen, 41 × 35 inches

© Jennifer Guidi. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo: Brica Wilcox.

Rituals is a showcase of paintings that explore the simplistic beauty of mountain landscapes and the diverse spectrum of the color wheel. These compositions go beyond simple depictions as the artist uses her profound bond with nature and her artistic rituals. Often, formulated through repetitive actions and processes, each painting comes to life as though born from a meditative expedition. Her work is often influenced by the ideas of Guidi's exploration of color, form, texture, and material.

Aaron Bohrod: A Cabinet of Curiosities

Lincoln Glenn, New York

Now-24th February 2024

Aaron Bohrod, Double Bill, 1990, Oil on gesso panel, 12 × 9 in. Courtesy of Lincoln Glenn Gallery.

A student of John Sloan at the Art Students League in New York, by the 1930s, Aaron Bohrod was nationally known for his social realist cityscapes of the Midwest. Coined as “America’s number 1 painter of neon lights,” Dealers urged Bohrod to paint more urban nocturnes, but Bohrod felt pigeon-holed and pivoted to trompe l’oeil still lifes of bric-a-brac. Although one would expect the work of an artist who matured during the Great Depression and was hired to document World War II by Life Magazine to be dark and dreary, Bohrod’s still lifes are playful and adventurous.

Ross Bleckner: Mashber

Petzel, New York

Now-24th February 2024

Ross Bleckner, One Common Box, 2023. Oil on canvas 84 x 84 inches.

Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York. Photo: Thomas Barratt

Titled with the Hebrew word "mashber" (מְשְׁבֵּר), often translated as "crisis" in English, this exhibition explores the current moment. It views painting as a method of creating elliptical, temporal images to cycle through and transmute emotional processes. Originally denoting a "birthing chair," a space symbolizing both breach and beginning, "mashber" signifies a juncture between danger and desire, a seat situated between life and death. This transformative space evokes the German concept of "Weltschmerz" ("world grief")—a melancholy stemming from the contrast between the world as it is and one's idealized vision of it.

A Foreigner Called Picasso

Gagosian West 21st St, New York

Now-10th February 2024

Installation view, A Foreigner Called Picasso at Gagosian West 21st St, New York, November 10 - December 22, 2023. Artwork © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo: Rob McKeever

This exhibition explores Picasso's time in France from 1900 to 1973. The exhibition will display significant works borrowed from both private and public collections in the United States and Europe. The showcase will be highlighted by the presence of the harlequin, serving as Picasso's allegorical avatar. This figure embodies a psychological self-portrait while embodying the essence of an itinerant, performing outsider on the fringes of society. Picasso portrayed this archetypal character in various stages throughout his entire career.


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