Known for her unnerving, expressionist renditions of fashion models, New York painter Katherine Bernhardt steps into new territory with food-centric pattern paintings whose collective title, ‘Stupid, Crazy, Ridiculous, Funny Patterns’ accurately introduces their surprising, bold and humorous nature. (At the Lower East Side’s Canada Gallery through March 9th).
Katherine Bernhardt, Steaming Hot Coffee and Cigarettes and Pizza, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 2013.
Pocket Utopia on the Lower East Side and Hansel and Gretel Picture Gallery in Chelsea don’t just have their unusual names in common; they’re both showcasing work and happenings by Pocket Utopia founder and New York artist Austin Thomas. Thomas rescues and transforms paper, books and other aged materials; here, a book cover titled ‘Castle’ becomes a shelter, a tent, a minimal sculpture and a testament to a book well-used. (Through March 15th).
Austin Thomas, Castle, 20 x 14 inches, photographic print, 2014.
Once, LA-based artist Sarah Cain created work primarily in abandoned buildings. In her current site-specific installation at Galerie Lelong, she pushes painting far beyond the edge of the canvas, creating an eye-catching sprawl of color and form at the back of the gallery. (In Chelsea through March 15th).
Sarah Cain, hypnic jerk, site-specific installation, 2014.
Titled ‘Wonder,’ New York artist Kiki Smith’s latest solo show at Pace Gallery includes a magnified sculpture of hoarfrost (along with a rabbit), jacquard tapestries of a nude in a tree and soaring eagles all of which posit nature as a source of astonishment and pleasure. (In Chelsea at Pace’s 510 West 25th St location through March 29th).
Kiki Smith, installation view of ‘Wonder,’ in foreground, ‘Hoarfrost with Rabbit,’ stainless steel, 2014, at Pace Gallery, March 2014.
In a distinctly contemporary update on Sylvia Sleigh’s iconic ‘70s nude male, Robin F. Williams’ new show ‘Sons of Pioneers’ features men who seem to have opted out of the go-getter mentality of their fathers; non-aggressive poses suggest a passive ideology traditionally identified as female. (At Chelsea’s PPOW Gallery through March 15th).
Robin F Williams, Gold Panner, 72 inch diameter, oil on canvas, 2013.