“The Perfect Show”
Through Dec. 21
Visiting Chelsea is hard work in winter. Frigid gusts whip off the Hudson and turn the former industrial neighborhood’s wide streets into punishing wind tunnels. But a month after the river overflowed, flooding galleries and destroying art, a complaint like that feels inconsequential. Galleries have made repairs and reopened, and a few are offering shows informed in intriguing ways by recent events. Call them the After Sandys.
Chelsea gallery Leo Koenig just announced that it now represents artist Paul Ramirez Jonas. He joins a roster that includes Lily van der Stokker, Tony Matelli and Wendy White.
NICOLE EISENMAN’S IS A RELENTLESS and relentlessly troubled intelligence crammed full of fairy tales and psychoanalysis. She disguises political demands as dirty jokes, and vice versa, and uses punk-Jungian imagery, casually masterful drawing, a host of art-historical references and a catholic array of techniques that range from the cartoonishly graphic to the manically antirepresentational, all with the same steady, pragmatic dispassion to engage with her singular, besetting question. For Ms. Eisenman, the problem is not constructing images but pushing them back, or cutting them away, to reveal, bit by bit, what’s shining through them. So her recent, explosive run through the cuts, scrapes, burns and compressions of printmaking—the results of which include the series of monotypes in this year’s Whitney Biennial, and her current show at Leo Koenig—must have been a long time coming.
MONDAY, APRIL 9
Artist Talk: “Subjective Histories of Sculpture: Josephine Meckseper”
Josephine Meckseper’s elaborate installations, photographs and videos explore the relationship between politics and consumer culture, particularly with respect to fashion and advertising, and the homogenizing effects of capitalism. Ms. Meckseper is next up in this lecture series, organized in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, which aims to present histories that question convention and offer alternative ways for understanding the evolution of sculpture. —Rozalia Jovanovic
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, 7 p.m.