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Top 4 Shows at The New Museum You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer
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Top 4 Shows at The New Museum You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

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Updated: 12 December 2015
The New Museum, located at 235 Bowery, has gained a reputation as an iconic home for contemporary art in New York City. The exhibitions on display this summer honor the daring space the museum occupies. Both striking and original, themes range from meditations on physical space to the abuses occurring in our global marketplace. Don’t miss out on these exhibitions, which sear with an honesty you won’t find anywhere else in NYC this summer.

Leonor Antunes: I Stand Like A Mirror Before You

Designed specifically for the building’s Lobby Gallery, the sculptures by Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes are guaranteed to draw viewers in. Her exhibition gathers inspiration from experimental filmmaker Maya Deren and textile artist Anni Albers. Antunes utilizes natural materials to create her intricate, hand-crafted sculptures, done in the tradition of ancient craftwork. The grids, which are woven into the pieces, not only subdivide the space, but force visitors to make sense of transparency, intimacy, and vulnerability. Both simple and complex, “I Stand Like A Mirror Before You” leaves a lasting impression for the questions of space it dangles before you.

Ends September 6, 2015

Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld

Radiant, eye-catching, and hypnotic, the work of Sarah Charlesworth engages viewers by questioning the nature of images and iconography in our culture. Blurring the lines of her mediums, this exhibition features a variety of work from Charlesworth’s 40-year career, including the jarring “Stills” series which portrays individuals jumping or falling from buildings. The language of photography is explored in works such as “Objects of Desire,” and the fetishism of vision is studied in “Modern History” where she makes art of newspaper pages.

Ends September 20, 2015

Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden

The influences encapsulating Albert Oehlen’s first New York City exhibition are exceptionally varied. Proving the artist’s experimental nature, traces of surrealism, expressionism, and even punk can be detected throughout his show, which spans both the third and fourth floors of The New Museum. “Home and Garden” presents everything from Oehlen’s early work to his recent experimentation with computer paintings. The show transcends chronology and showcases the interplay of language in his work throughout his 30-year career.

Ends September 13, 2015

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The Great Ephermeral Co-curated with Taipei Contemporary Art Center

The extensive scrutinization of the global market in this exhibit hits you like a punch in the face, and that’s a good thing. Several different mediums are utilized to illuminate the disparity, inequality, and frustration that run rampant in our world markets. “The Great Ephemeral,” featuring photography by Nir Evron, explains the 278-year personal and familial debt of Constantina Zavitsanos, and shows paintings by Chou Yu-Cheng, which copy original works by Geoff Molyneux in order to make a statement about authenticity in the art market. Curated in collaboration with Meiya Cheng, this exploration into the illusion of control will shock you.

Ends September 6, 2015

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