The best contemporary art exhibitions in New York City

Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe @ Robert Miller
524 W 26th St,   thru 5/10

They did it again!!!  In this group show, walk into the busted hole in the wall to find another (dirtier) world.

Robert Longo @ Metro Pictures
519 W 24th St,   thru 5/23

Charcoal drawings of paintings: Pollock, De Kooning, Rothko and more.  Full scale and UNBELIEVABLY realistic.

Vik Muniz @ Sikkema Jenkins & Co
530 W 22nd St,   Tu-Sa 10-6,   thru 5/10

Massive photographs made up of HUNDREDS of other photographs, cut and assembled by hand.

Kristen Morgin @ Zach Feuer
548 W 22nd St,   thru 5/3

Old books, yellowing playing cards, and rusted cans are all made out of painted unfired CLAY!!! #fragile

Peter Buggenhout @ Gladstone (21st St)
530 W 21st St,   Tu-Sa 10-6,   thru 5/17

Two massive hunks of twisted metal, completely encased in dust, look like modern ruins.

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Ellie Ga @ Bureau
178 Norfolk St,   We-Su 11-6,   thru 4/27   3 days left

Ancient Egypt makes me think about my iPhone.  An incredible 23-min film about losing our memory.

Corin Hewitt @ Laurel Gitlen
122 Norfolk St,   We-Su 11-6,   thru 5/11

Déjà vu. Two IDENTICAL storefronts will have you walking back and forth to compare cracks in the sidewalks.

Urs Fischer @ Gagosian (Delancey)
104 Delancey St,   thru 5/23

THIS IS CRAZY! Open the graffiti'ed door of an old Chase Bank to incredible sculptures (even in the closets).

Hans Schabus @ Simon Preston
301 Broome St,   We-Su 11-6,   thru 4/26   2 days left

Those are new doors on the outside of the gallery... all the previous ones are inside.  Serious déjà vu.

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Raymond Pettibon @ Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Ave, Fl 3,   Tu-Sa 10-6,   thru 5/17

47 paintings of crashing waves (and tiny surfers) do for the ocean what Monet did for a pond.

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Charles Marville @ The Metropolitan Musuem
1000 5th Ave,   Su-Th 10-5:30, Fr-Sa 10-9,   thru 5/4

 I don't think I've ever been this blown away by mid-19th Century photographs. Just get close - you'll see.

The Whitney Biennial @ The Whitney
945 Madison Avenue,   We-Th 11-6, Fr 1-9, Sa-Su 11-6,   thru 5/25

3 shows in 1 (each floor has its own curator).  A great mix of massive crowd pleasers and perfect hidden gems

A Collective Invention @ Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Ave,   closed Mondays,   thru 5/18

Diverse/amazing photographs with a surprising bonus - every single one relates to its neighbor!

Ai Weiwei @ Brooklyn Art Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy,   thru 8/10

Politics, tragedy, and beauty meet in 74 tons of rebar, hundreds of ceramic crabs, and thousands of pearls.

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27th Street
547 W 27th St Aperture Foundation Richard Renaldi 5/15 star star star star star star star star
26th Street
534 W 26th St Mitchell Innes & Nash Leigh Ledare 4/26 star star star star star star star star
524 W 26th St Robert Miller Jonah Freeman & Justi... 5/10 star star star star star star star star
25th Street
547 W 25th St Cheim & Read Ghada Amer 5/10 star star star star star star star star
24th Street
544 W 24th St Andrea Rosen (2) Sharon Hayes 4/26 star star star star star star star star
525 W 24th St Andrea Rosen Friedrich Kunath 4/26 star star star star star star star star
524 W 24th St Jack Shainman (24th St) Malick Sidibe 4/26 star star star star star star star star
522 W 24th St Susan Inglett Gary Stephan 4/26 star star star star star star star star
519 W 24th St Metro Pictures Robert Longo 5/23 star star star star star star star star
515 W 24th St Gladstone (24th St) Sarah Lucas 4/26 star star star star star star star star
23rd Street
539 W 23th St Margaret Thatcher Clayton Colvin 4/26 star star star star star star star star
22nd Street
548 W 22nd St Zach Feuer Kristen Morgin 5/3 star star star star star star star star
530 W 22nd St Sikkema Jenkins & Co Vik Muniz 5/10 star star star star star star star star
21st Street
530 W 21st St Gladstone (21st St) Peter Buggenhout 5/17 star star star star star star star star
20th Street
532 W 20th St Anton Kern Sarah Jones 4/26 star star star star star star star star
18th Street
456 W 18th St Petzel Robert Longo 5/10 star star star star star star star star

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Street Gallery Artist Ends The Two Percent New York Times Time Out New York Magazine Village Voice Go to artcat.com Go to ArtForum.com The New Yorker
From North to South
243 Bowery Salon 94 Bowery Laurie Simmons 4/26 star star star star star star star star
201 Chrystie St Lehmann Maupin (les) Klara Kristalova 4/26 star star star star star star star star
178 Norfolk St Bureau Ellie Ga 4/27 star star star star star star star star
122 Norfolk St Laurel Gitlen Corin Hewitt 5/11 star star star star star star star star
49 Delancey St Callicoon Etel Adnan 5/23 star star star star star star star star
55 Delancey St James Fuentes The Real Estate Show 4/27 star star star star star star star star
104 Delancey St Gagosian (Delancey) Urs Fischer 5/23 star star star star star star star star
107 Norfolk St Lisa Cooley Carter 4/27 star star star star star star star star
301 Broome St Simon Preston Hans Schabus 4/26 star star star star star star star star
88 Eldridge St 4th Fl Miguel Abreu (eldridge) Florian Pumhosl 4/27 star star star star star star star star
88 Eldridge St 5th Fl Capricious 88 Petra Collins 4/27 star star star star star star star star
36 Orchard St Miguel Abreu Florian Pumhosl 4/27 star star star star star star star star
34 Orchard St Monya Rowe Joe Pflieger 5/18 star star star star star star star star

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20 E 79th St Skarstedt Martin Kippenberger 4/26 star star star star star star star star
Upper East Side
5 E 73rd St Craig F Starr Robert Rauschenberg 5/23 star star star star star star star star
821 Park Ave Gagosian (821 Park) Urs Fischer 5/8 star star star star star star star star
4 E 77th St Michael Werner Sigmar Polke 6/7 star star star star star star star star
980 Madison Ave, Fl 3 Venus Over Manhattan Raymond Pettibon 5/17 star star star star star star star star
Midtown
745 5th Ave Edwynn Houk Elinor Carucci 5/3 star star star star star star star star

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Street Gallery Artist Ends The Two Percent New York Times Time Out New York Magazine Village Voice Go to artcat.com Go to ArtForum.com The New Yorker
Upper East Side
1 E 70th St The Frick Renaissance/Baroque Bronz... 6/15 star star star star star star star star
1 E 70th St The Frick Enlightenment and Beauty 4/5 star star star star star star star star
725 Park Ave Asia Society Nalini Malani 8/3 star star star star star star star star
725 Park Ave Asia Society Golden Visions of Densati... 5/18 star star star star star star star star
945 Madison Avenue The Whitney The Whitney Biennial 5/25 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem William Kentridge 5/11 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Charles Marville 5/4 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Antonio Canova 4/27 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Lucas Samaras 6/1 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Flowering of Edo Painting 9/7 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux 5/26 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Now You See It 9/1 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Lost Kingdoms of Early So... 7/27 star star star star star star star star
1048 5th Ave Neue Gallery Degenerate Art 6/30 star star star star star star star star
1071 5th Ave The Guggenheim Carrie Mae Weems 5/14 star star star star star star star star
1071 5th Ave The Guggenheim Italian Futurism 9/1 star star star star star star star star
1109 5th Ave The Jewish Museum Other Primary Structures 8/3 star star star star star star star star
1220 Fifth Avenue Museum of the City of New... City as Canvas 8/24 star star star star star star star star
Midtown
225 Madison Ave Morgan Library and Museum The Little Prince 4/27 star star star star star star star star
225 Madison Ave Morgan Library and Museum A Collective Invention 5/18 star star star star star star star star
1114 6th Ave International Center of P... What is a Photograph? 5/4 star star star star star star star star
1114 6th Ave International Center of P... Capa in Color 5/4 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Designing Modern Women 9/21 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Frank Lloyd Wright 6/1 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art A world of its own 10/5 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Gauguin 6/8 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Robert Heinecken 6/22 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Jasper Johns 9/1 star star star star star star star star
2 Columbus Circle Museum of Arts and Design Out of Hand 7/6 star star star star star star star star
Lower East Side
35 Wooster St The Drawing Center Lebbeus Woods 6/15 star star star star star star star star
Harlem
144 W 125th St The Studio Museum in Harl... when the stars begin to f... 6/29 star star star star star star star star
Brooklyn
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Art Museum Ai Weiwei 8/10 star star star star star star star star
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Art Museum Chicago in LA 9/28 star star star star star star star star
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Art Museum Witness 7/6 star star star star star star star star
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Art Museum Swoon 8/24 star star star star star star star star
Queens
22-25 Jackson Ave P.S.1 Contemporary Art Ce... Christoph Schlingensief 8/31 star star star star star star star star
22-25 Jackson Ave P.S.1 Contemporary Art Ce... Maria Lassnig 5/25 star star star star star star star star
22-25 Jackson Ave P.S.1 Contemporary Art Ce... Korakrit Arunanondchai 5/25 star star star star star star star star
Elsewhere
99 Margaret Corbin Dr The Cloisters Radiant Light 5/18 star star star star star star star star

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