Opening Sunday June 27th, Clifton Benevento presents the group exhibition Not Extractions, but Abstractions (Part 2).The work of six artists come together to evoke a contemporary mash-up of American artist Alexander Calder under his quote ‘Not Extractions but Abstractions’. Presented side-by-side their works obliquely summon Calder’s use of reductive forms, his serious yet playful endeavors with materials as well as his development of kinetic sculpture. Like any quirky mash-up, this assembly proposes new ideas and forms in transformative contrast to the original source. 

Opening Wednesday, June 16th, Sloan Fine Art presents two summer group exhibitions, Nice to Meet You and Amuse Bouche. In Nice to Meet You, the gallery invited 22 artists who had shown in the gallery previously, in group or solo shows, and asked each of them to invite two artists of their choice.

This year’s showing of visionary, art singular and self-taught artists will be held as a two part Exhibition, with two opening parties. The first portion will show May 29th thru July 23rd with the opening reception Saturday June 19th from 5 to 8 pm. Featuring Live Outsider Music and Poetry Reading by Self taught artist, poet, and song writer; Phil Demise will be giving a rare musical solo performance and reading poems from his book PERIODS. The NYC gothic blues duo Lone Vein will also be performing live.

Eli Klein Fine Art is pleased to present Shen Shaomin’s first solo exhibition in New York opening Saturday June 12th from 6 to 9 pm. A world renowned conceptual artist, Shen Shaomin pushes unconventional materials to new limits. His art comments on contemporary issues from politics to human nature.

Hodges is widely known for his investigations into materiality and painstaking shaping of materials, both everyday and exotic. In this exhibition, he submits to a material that has often captured his attention – paper. Hodges’s return to Dieu Donné is his first since his 2002 Lab Grant residency, which was the artist’s introduction to hand papermaking, during which he created drawings from richly colored paper pulp. In this recent body of work, Hodges exploits the material qualities of paper through sculpture.

Thierry Goldberg Projects is pleased to present Waiting Room, the first New York solo exhibition of Maya Bloch. The exhibition will include seven new paintings that examine themes of estrangement and memory through abstracted figuration.  Opening Friday June 4th.

Born in Italy in 1938, GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI has been a master photographer for half a century. His spectacular editorials have been published in Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and GQ, among others, and his images of Audrey Hepburn, Angelica Huston, and Iman are among the most famous fashion photographs of all time. EXOTICA is a selection of his sumptuous, dreamy photographs of the people and wildlife of Madagascar, Tahiti, and the Seychelles.

Check out Valentina Celada’s collection “Figuring it Out” at the 255Canal Gallery on Wednesday, May 26th from 6 to 9 pm. Says Celada, “Focusing primarily on the relationship between emotions and creative expression, I chose to “feel” the form rather than consciously controlling its representation and started drawing with long sticks at the end of which I secured a pencil, a brush or charcoal using color and ink wash as a way to enhance spontaneity and bypass the rational brain.”

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) will present LentSpace, a free outdoor cultural space open to the public and made possible by the loan of a Trinity Real Estate development site in Hudson Square. The Avenue of the Americas is a site-specific sculpture exhibition, which literally sits at the gateway of Sixth Avenue, and features artists from North and South America tackling themes related to the social and political issues confronting American societies. 

Spattered Columns is pleased to present Kerry Downey and Jeremy Willis’s new show, “You Can Have it All.” This collaborative installation of painting, video, collage, and sculpture addresses irreconcilable psychological relationships through visceral engagement of the viewer. “The work situates human need within our current cultural climate,” said Spattered Columns Director, Jamie Johnson, “contrasting personal realities with idealized desires. These two artists beg the question Why do I want what I want?”

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