Nina Leen at Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Teenagers were a recurring subject for Russian-born New York photojournalist Nina Leen, who, as one of the first female contract photographers for LIFE magazine, photographed now-nostalgic images like this one of fashionable hair-dos for young ladies in 1947. (At Daniel Cooney Fine Art in Chelsea through May 16th).

Nina Leen, Popular Teenage Shoulder length Hairstyles, 12 x 10” vintage gelatin silver print, 1947.


Francesca DiMattio at Salon94 Bowery

Inspired by ceramic traditions from Islamic Fritware to Wedgewood figurines, New York artist Francesca DiMattio irreverently combines them all in towering ceramics that recall totemic human figures. (At Salon94 Bowery on the Lower East Side through May 7th).

Francesca DiMattio, (foreground) Fetish Sculpture, glaze on porcelain and stoneware, 87 x 20 x 20 inches, 2015. (background) Chandelabra II, glaze and luster on porcelain and stoneware, epoxy, steel frame, 120 x 96 x 96 inches, 2015.


Shen Shoamin at Klein Sun Gallery

Unwary gallery-goers are likely to think they’ve walked into Klein Sun Gallery during installation when they see Beijing & Sydney-based artist Shen Shoamin’s paintings propped against the wall and encased in bubblewrap. The plastic is an illusion, however, painted on over blurry images of Warhol-derived soup cans to create the artist’s own take on art-world consumerism. (Through May 2nd).

Shen Shoamin, Handle with Care No 10 and No 12, oil on canvas, each 35 x 23 ¼ inches, 2014.


Daisy Youngblood at McKee Gallery

Fourteen arresting sculptures from the past 10 years by Daisy Youngblood at McKee Gallery include ‘Venus,’ one of several sensitive and dynamic renderings of primates. (In the 57th Street gallery district, through May 30th).

Daisy Youngblood, Venus, low-fire clay and hair, 2007.


Eric Fertman at Susan Inglett Gallery

Brooklyn sculptor Eric Fertman takes portraiture in a new direction with quirky biomorphic figures that make the digestive tract, for example, fun to think about. Even the tilting ‘Broken Man’ in the foreground appeals to the eye as he enacts an electric-yellow death dance. (At Susan Inglett Gallery in Chelsea through April 25th). Eric Fertman (foreground, yellow)

Broken Man, ash, paint, plywood, stain, steel, 75 x 40 x 36 inches, 2105.