Vija Celmins at Matthew Marks Gallery

One stone is real, the other is a replica. Vija Celmins entices viewers to ponder which one came from the earth and which from the artist’s hand in this pairing at Matthew Marks Gallery’s 22nd Street space in Chelsea. In other works, Celmins turns her hand to the skies and the seas with meticulous realist paintings that celebrate the creative powers of the artist. (On view through April 15th).

Vija Celmins, Two Stones, one found stone and one made stone: bronze and alkyd oil, 2 ¼ x 8 x 5 ½ inches, 1977/2014-16.

Yoan Capote at Jack Shainman Gallery

Green Caribbean waters turn menacing under steely grey skies, their currents outlined in rows of fishhooks in this meditation on isolation by Cuban artist Yoan Capote. (At Jack Shainman Gallery’s 24th Street location in Chelsea through March 11th).

Yoan Capote, detail of Isla (Tierra Prometida), oil, nails, and fish hooks on linen mounted on panel, 75 3/16 x 115 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches, 2016.

Jordan Kasey at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery

Young Brooklyn-based artist Jordan Kasey channels Picasso’s monumental females, Botero’s swollen figures and a sense of the surreal in her huge paintings, now on view at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. With faces mostly cropped out, ‘Poolside’ foregrounds log-like stacks of limbs belonging to a brand new breed of weighty Titans. (On the Lower East Side through March 12th).

Jordan Kasey, Poolside, oil on canvas, 77 ½ x 108 inches, 2017.

Pieter Hugo at Yossi Milo Gallery

Are children born in Rwanda after the genocide freer, having not had their lives disrupted by that violence? How will their understanding of history impact their lives? South African photographer Pieter Hugo asked these questions while also questioning the post-Apartheid legacy of his own children and their generation in a series of photos at Chelsea’s Yossi Milo Gallery. Here, the landscape and its histories act as backdrop to a portrait of a self-possessed young person. (On view through March 4th).

Pieter Hugo, Portrait #9, Rwanda, digital C-Print, 47 ¼ inches x 63 inches, 2015.

Charles Platt at Freight and Volume Gallery

Architect Charles Platt’s glass-wall contemporary designs are a world away from his collage, now on view on the Lower East Side at Freight and Volume Gallery. This pair of overalls, mounted to canvas and titled ‘The Hired Man’ literally turns the notion of work for hire inside out. (Through Feb 26th).

Charles Platt, The Hired Man, mixed media, 58 x 38 inches, 1959.
Charles Platt, The Hired Man, mixed media, 58 x 38 inches, 1959.