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Look at This! Matthew Day Jackson at Hauser & Wirth

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Installation view.

Much has been made of the big gallery, big art phenomenon recently, and Matthew Day Jackson, who is opening Hauser & Wirth’s season tonight with an exhibition of new work in its enormous 18th Street space, is an obvious lightning rod. Of course for Mr. Jackson, the gallery’s 24,700 square feet don’t feel all that overwhelming. The multimedia artist has a concurrent show at ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, a former munitions factory in Karlsruhe, Germany, that he told The Observer would probably stretch from 10th Avenue all the way over to Eighth, if it was here in New York.  Read More

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Look at This! The Red Bull Music Academy

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Tamara Gonzales

I’d really rather not promote this event since Red Bull is, first of all, pretty bad for you and additionally one of those frustrating pseudo-edgy corporate entities like Vice magazine that most people understand to be dumb but probably still generates positive thoughts in the empty head of some dude who lives in Williamsburg. (What’s Read More

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Look at This! ‘Romare Bearden: Urban Rhythms and Dreams of Paradise’ at ACA Galleries

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Romare Bearden, Cora's Morning, 1986

From Nov. 2011 through Oct. 2012, the Studio Museum in Harlem celebrated the 100th anniversary of Romare Bearden’s birth with “The Bearden Project,” a magisterial three-part series of shows of work by artists who were influenced by the artist, from Trenton Doyle Hancock to Iona Rozeal Brown. Those who want to continue the celebration of Bearden, who lived from 1911 to 1988, should head over to ACA Galleries, which, through Feb. 23, is presenting an exhibition called “Romare Bearden: Urban Rhythms and Dreams of Paradise” that includes a trove of his pieces from the 1970s and ’80s. Read More

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Look at This! Jack Siegel at Half Gallery

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Oil on linen, 33 x 15 inches

Jack Siegel may be a young buck, but he’s already made a name for himself with his eerie painting-like photos. And while we would not call this early stylistic groove a trend exactly, not necessarily something one could buck, he’s gone ahead and bucked it all the same with his show at Half Gallery. The Read More

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Look at This! Lola Schnabel at Tripoli Gallery

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Father Imago, 2012

Last week, Lola Montes Schnabel opened “Within Reach,” an exhibition of new paintings at Tripoli Gallery that surround a theme representing a very human instinct, the yearning of mankind to be infinite. “Within Reach” may be the rare show that is not intended to provoke thought, exactly, but to tap into the subconscious for the emotions and feelings that lay dormant there. Her work Neither Here for There displays Ms. Schnabel’s central theme for the show. In it, a figure is drawn at the edge of a field, where she seems to be pondering whether or not she wants to enter the open wilderness ahead. Ms. Schnabel’s work typically depicts red skies, inspired by the Michelangelo Antonioni film Red Desert, and these are surely some of her finest. Don’t believe us? Click through to see more! Read More

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Look at This! Wang Xieda at James Cohan Gallery

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Sages' Sayings 026, 2006

Those who have been unable to catch Chinese artist Wang Xieda’s many solo shows in Shanghai, most recently at James Cohan Gallery’s branch in that city, now have a chance to see his work in New York. His first one-person show on these shores, titled “Subject Verb Object,” opens tomorrow at Cohan’s Chelsea branch. Read More

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Look at This! Patricia Cronin at fordPROJECT

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Cronin

Need a bit of warmth this winter? Then you should absolutely check out Patricia Cronin’s new show at fordPROJECT. “Dante: The Way of All Flesh,” curated by Kara Finnerty, offers views of the artist’s version of hell, by way of vividly contorted bodies done with oil and watercolor. Read More