Five Galleries to Fall For

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 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. ’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 , a watercolorist of surreal, nearly-psychedelic scenes, with , 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. ’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,” 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.