Matt Connors at Canada NY

Taking the history of painting, particularly 20th century modernism as one major influence, painter Matt Connors shapes color and form into optical experience in new paintings at Canada NY on the Lower East Side. (On view through Dec 10th).

Matt Connors, Yet to be titled, oil, acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 35 ¼ x 31 ¼ inches, 2017.

Matthew Pillsbury at Benrubi Gallery

Using his signature long exposure technique, Matthew Pillsbury turns his lens for his latest show, ‘Sanctuary’ at Benrubi Gallery, on basic rights – assembly and expression – that are often taken for granted. Here, a participant pauses in front of Matthew Chavez’s ‘Subway Therapy’ project, which provided pens and post-its for New Yorkers to express their thoughts after the 2016 presidential election. (On view in Chelsea through Nov 22nd).

Matthew Pillsbury, Subway Therapy 2, Union Square, New York City, Dec 3, 2016, 50 x 60 inches, 2016.

Eva Rothschild at 303 Gallery

Branch-like, bead-covered forms wrap around a hollow, multicolored cast of a forearm in Eva Rothchild’s latest show at 303 Gallery. Dark, glittery and talismanic, her latest sculptures offer an almost tactic experience for the eyes, turning surface and form into territory to be minutely explored. (On view in Chelsea through Oct 28th).

Eva Rothschild, (detail of ) Arm of the Rainbow, glass beads, aluminum, fiberglass, fabric, jesmonite, rebar, 77 ½ x 17 x 16 ¼ inches, 2017.

Patrick Hughes at Flowers Gallery

British painter Patrick Hughes continues to explore what he terms ‘reverspective,’ or the upending of our expectation that paintings will appear to be in one fixed place. Walk past one of Hughes’ projecting paintings on board, and the rooms he paints appear to shift; the device is acutely appropriate to his depiction of the Barnes Foundation, the art museum which itself shifted locations by moving to downtown Philadelphia in 2012. (On view at Flowers Gallery in Chelsea through Oct 14th).

Patrick Hughes, The Barnes Foundation, oil on board construction, 59 x 207.5 x 24 cm, 2016.

Chris Ofili at David Zwirner Gallery

Four paintings hang against chain link fencing at David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, inaccessible to the public except by a narrow corridor between the fence and the wall, which has been painted with towering figures of sinuous dancers, themselves depicted behind a painted fence. The show is titled ‘Paradise Lost’ and follows Ofili’s ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’ at London’s National Gallery, for which the artist alluded to the practice in his adopted home, Trinidad, of raising caged songbirds. Here, aggressive fencing suggests that it is not the song of the caged bird that is sweeter. (On view through Oct 21st).

Chris Ofili, installation view of ‘Paradise Lost’ at David Zwirner Gallery’s 533 West 19th Street space, Sept 2017.