Gil Batle at Ricco/Maresca

Gil Batle is back with a second solo show at Ricco/Maresca of ostrich eggs carved with stories of various inmates encountered during the artist’s past prison sentences. Every bit as absorbing as his first show here in 2016, this exhibition features eggs like ‘Abducted,’ which explores a murdering dentist’s tales of alien interference in his life. (On view in Chelsea through Feb 24th).

Gil Batle, Abducted, carved ostrich egg shell 6.5 x 5 x 5 inches, 2017.

Barton Benes at Allan Stone Projects

Books are bound with covers of cigarettes or melted crayons, studded with nails like a fetish object or stuffed with garbage in Allan Stone Projects’ exhibition of Barton Benes’ book sculptures. This book from c. 72-74 is at the mercy of a giant safety pin, perhaps holding the book together, keeping it closed or treating it like a punk or a diapered baby? (On view in Chelsea through Feb 24th).

Barton Benes, Untitled (Book with Safety Pin), mixed media book construction, 3 x 6 x 3 inches, c. 1972-74.

Robert Indiana at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Robert Indiana’s mid-1960s monument to love continues to work its magic on audiences around the world as the artist nears his 90th birthday. Now at Paul Kasmin Gallery, this towering steel sculpture multiplies and magnifies the term in all its myriad understandings. (On view at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s 27th Street location through March 3rd).

Robert Indiana, LOVE WALL, cor-ten steel, 144 x 144 x 48 inches, 1966-2006.

Jukhee Kwon at Ierimonte Gallery

Italy-based Korean sculptor Jukhee Kwon gets a lot out of books, specifically paper sculptures created by slicing into volumes in geometric patterns that cause pages to descend to the ground or explode outwards. Here, a New Testament morphs into ‘Campana’ (bell), a gravity-defying cascade of a delicate form. (On view at Ierimonte Gallery on the Lower East Side through March 16th).

Jukhee Kwon, Campana, mixed media, 11 13/16 x 13 37/48 inch, 2017.

William King at Derek Eller Gallery

With their squat bodies, long legs and tiny heads, William King’s sculpted caricatures of important men or at least self-important ones are a highlight of Derek Eller Gallery’s current group show. Arms akimbo, each seems to demand to know what’s going on, as if they don’t quite approve of the work of nearby paintings on clothing by Annabeth Marks, Annie Pearlman’s vivid abstractions and Rachel Eulena Williams’ stitched canvases. (On view on the Lower East Side through Feb 11th.)

William King, Red and Black, vinyl, aluminum, 73 x 37 x 17 inches, c. 1985.