14 Must-See Shows Opening this Spring - New York

03 May 2017

by Vivi Kallinikou

New York art world is hot in spring, showcasing the best of what the city’s contemporary art scene has to offer. Here’s our handy guide featuring 14 unmissable shows opening this season.

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons at The Met

The Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition will examine the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability.

Nari Ward at Socrates Sculpture Park

First institutional solo exhibition of Jamaica-born, New York-based artist Nari Ward features a series of six newly commissioned outdoor artworks.

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry at the Jewish Museum

With over 50 paintings and drawings, this exhibition offers an important survey of the work of the modernist painter, designer, and poet Florine Stettheimer.

Kehinde Wiley: Trickster at Sean Kelly Gallery

Kehinde Wiley's monumental new paintings explore the range of ways that artists engage with and draw from the world around them.

Louise Lawler at the MoMA

The first New York museum survey of the work of American artist Louise Lawler, is an exploration of her creative output, which has inspired fellow artists and cultural thinkers alike for the past four decades.

Leo Villareal at PACE

First solo exhibition by New York-based light artist Leo Villareal features all new works.

Sara Cwynar at Foxy Production

Sara Cwynar’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Rose Gold comprises a new film and a new series of photographs.

Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley at Jeffrey Deitch

It’s Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley.

Erwin Wurm at Lehmann Maupin

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Wurm’s audience-activated sculptures. Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures have influenced a generation of artists by redefining what a sculpture is and how the public engages with the medium. Lehmann Maupin is showcasing new One Minute Sculptures by Erwin Wurm.

Cindy Sherman at Mnuchin Gallery

This is the gallery’s first exhibition of works by Cindy Sherman, one of the most influential artists of our time. Featuring more than two dozen works spanning thirty years, it will take as its focus three of Sherman’s most acclaimed series: the Centerfolds, the History Portraits, and the Society Portraits.

Ian Cheng at MoMA PS1

Ian Cheng’s first US museum solo presentation, featuring the artist’s complete Emissary trilogy (2015–17), a series of live simulation works created using a video game engine.

Frieze New York 2017 at Randall's Island Park

The sixth edition of Frieze New York brings together more than 200 leading galleries from 31 countries, showcasing ambitious presentations and new commissions by today’s most significant international artists from emerging talents to seminal and rediscovered 20th-century masters.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Pioneer Works

1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art. The 2017 New York edition will welcome 19 galleries hailing from Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, the UK, the US and South Africa, collectively exhibiting the work of more than 60 contemporary artists of emerging and established profile.

SPRING/BREAK: Bklyn Immersive

BKLYN IMMERSIVE will be a curated exhibition featuring a dozen artists focusing on site-specific, immersive installations and environments.

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