Ross Bleckner at Mary Boone Gallery

Titled ‘(In)Security,’ this detail-view of an enticing if creepy new painting by New York artist Ross Bleckner offers the unnerving suggestion that we’re being watched, albeit by a range of characterful eyes. (At Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea through April 26th).

Ross Bleckner, “(In)Security,” 27 x 144 inches, oil/linen, 2013-14.


Brenna Youngblood at Jack Tilton Gallery

Two tumbling cans of caffeine free Diet Coke with enlarged text freefall through copper-colored fields in LA-based artist Brenna Youngblood’s large painting. The work suggests a chemical process on copper akin to Warhol’s piss paintings but using a spray of soda instead. (At Jack Tilton Gallery on the Upper East Side, through April 19th).

Brenna Youngblood, DKNY (Classic), mixed media on wood panel, 72 3/16 x 47 ½ inches, 2014.


Olaf Breuning at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park

As we leave behind winter’s bleakness, Olaf Breuning’s whimsical ‘Clouds’ sculpture at the corner of 60th Street and Fifth Ave poised to come into its own as the park comes to life. Roll on spring! (Exhibition by Public Art Fund at Doris C. Freedman Plaza through August 24th).

Olaf Breuning, Clouds, polished and painted aluminum and steel, 2014.


Friedrich Kunath at Andrea Rosen Gallery

The rainbow and landscape paintings, blue carpet and cat towers bedecked with fake fruit in LA-based artist Friedrich Kunath’s latest solo show at Chelsea’s Andrea Rosen Gallery are an invitation to ponder what meaning can emerge from such disparate if colorful trappings. A gallery statement suggests Kunath is offering, ‘An invitation into a perpetual joke.’ (Through April 26th.)

Friedrich Kunath, installation view of at Andrea Rosen Gallery, March 2014 including ‘Meloncholy Towers’ and work from the series, ‘I was thinking about what a friend had said, I was hoping it was a lie,’ 2013-14.


Jian-Jun Zhang in ‘Contemporary Chinese Prints’ at PacePrints

Riffing on Mao’s famous injunction to ‘Let the past serve the present,’ Chinese artist Jian-Jun Zhang presents traditional but damaged Chinese vase forms in silicone rubber, selling an updated version of ‘authentic’ national heritage. (At Pace Prints, 57th Street, through April 12th.)

Jian-Jun Zhang, vases from the ‘Vestiges of a Process’ series, silicone rubber, 2007 & 2011, and detail from ‘Flowing Water,’ 40 x 29 inches, set of five, unique monoprints.