There is a lot of famous artwork on display in New York City right now, and you shouldn’t miss your chance to see it. It may be super cold old right now, but I guarantee you will not want to miss these shows. They are very, very impressive, and will take your mind off these winter blues.
Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven
If you haven’t heard about Yayoi Kusama’s new exhibit at the David Zwirner gallery, then you need to read up on it now. The talk of NYC for the past month, this immensely popular show will only last another week. And the lines are LONG, so get up early to beat the crowd!
Kusama is a Japanese native known for her extensive contribution to the pop art and minimalism movements. A prominent international artist since the 1950s, this is Kusama’s first exhibit at Zwirner.
The most famous (and exciting) parts of the exhibit are Kusama’s infinity rooms: two darkened rooms featuring lights and sculptures surrounded by wall mirrors. The mirrors create an infinity-like effect inside the rooms. The show also includes 27 new paintings and a video installation where Kusama recites a famous Japanese poem.
I will warn you- Kusama is very quirky and definitely has her own personality. But her artwork is immensely entertaining, and despite the lines, she will leave you smiling all day long.
David Zwirner Gallery
525 W. 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
Exhibit until Dec. 21
Brancusi in New York 1913-2013
World-famous sculptor Constantin Brancusi is getting some special treatment at the Paul Kasmin gallery: the gallery is hosting a solo exhibit honoring the 100-year anniversary of Brancusi’s New York debut at The Armory Show.
Brancusi (a Romania native) had a revolutionary impact on modern sculpture in the early 20th century. He displayed five major works at the New York Armory Show- a parallel to five masterpieces chosen for the modern exhibit.
The pieces are quite extraordinary: beautiful smooth bronze melded and shaped with apparent ease. As beautiful as they may seem today, it is also easy to imagine how explosive they were considered in 1913- Brancusi’s artwork was definitely forward thinking.
While this exhibit is relatively small, I think it is absolutely worth seeing. Brancusi’s mastery of his medium is more than impressive.
Paul Kasmin Gallery
515 W. 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
Exhibit until Jan. 25, 2014
Richard Serra: New Sculpture
Richard Serra is another influential 20th century sculptor. Yet his work is different in a very particular way: it is gigantic. It will tower over you and make you feel incredibly small. All you have to do is look at the picture above and you get what I mean. Through this exciting exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery, you can not only see but walk through this impressive creation.
The exhibit is actually split up between the Gagosian’s two Chelsea locations. The sculpture pictured is at their address on W. 21st St., while four other pieces are on W. 24th. Both galleries are absolutely worth a visit, especially since they are so close together. They are also near both other Gallery Beat exhibits (lucky you!) so you can enjoy an entire day of art viewing. It’s a perfect Saturday plan.
555 W. 24th St. (+ 522 W. 21st St.)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 741- 1111
W. 24th St. Exhibit until Mar. 15, 2014
W. 21st St. Exhibit until Feb. 8, 2014