Weekend need spicing up? Fireworks might do the trick. Or fired steel. Explore these fine galleries and their explosive new shows.
Mixed Greens represents U.S.-based artists that specialize in conceptually driven and figurative work. Currently Sonya Belsofsky mimics New York City’s de facto cinder-block-and-brick aesthetic in “Renovation,” with a series of works that invoke the unfinished, layered walls of an evolving city.
Chelsea’s Von Lintel Gallery, established in 1993, represents and exhibits artists who work in a variety of media including painting, photography, and works on paper. Rosemarie Fiore’s first solo exhibition at Von Lintel, “Smoke Paintings,” adds another medium to that list: fireworks. Fiore’s smoky abstractions result from a semi-controlled process in which the artist manipulates rollers that contain explosions and leave brilliant compositions in their trail.
Exhibitions at this young gallery mix established artists with promising new talent. Their current show pairs Gladys Nilsson, a watercolorist of surreal, nearly-psychedelic scenes, with Julie Benjamin, a bold, abstract painter. At the Exemplar, these varied styles are united by the depth and movement of their images.
For over 30 years Howard Greenberg Gallery has specialized in classic 20th and 21st century photographs, representing many masters of the medium. Edward Burtynsky’s ongoing “Water” presents photographs from around the world that document the need and misuse of this greatest resource, from barren lands to eerie waters.
In Lehmann Maupin’s current exhibition, “Angel Otero: Gates of Horn and Ivory,” Angel Otero finds new sculptural possibilities in a mish-mash of steel and porcelain, ubiquitous materials made anew, which are displayed in tandem with a selection of new abstract paintings.