filipa farraia

Filipa Farraia’s work deals with the grid and its manipulation into spatial chaos and disorder. Her MFA Thesis Show currently on view at the City College Art Gallery is very recommended.


Filipa Farraia
MFA Thesis Show
The City College of New York
Compton-Goethals Gallery
138th and Convent
April 28 – May 2

opening: May 1, 6-9PM

david byrne

It’s a month away but it’s something to look forward to. David Byrne’s Playing the Building will be installed in the Battery Maritime Building from May 31 – August 10. The piece “is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building structure – to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes – and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations will be of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument”. This is a Creative Time project.


David Byrne
Playing the Building
Battery Maritime Building
11 South Street

May 31 – August 10

more info

jeff koons

Jeff Koons the Met balloon dogs The Whitney

Jeff Koons has several pieces on top of the Met, including one of his famous “Balloon Dogs”.


“Jeff Koons On The Roof”
Cantor Roof Garden
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St

April 22 – October 26

olafur eliasson

Olafur Eliasson contemporary artist iceland moma installation art

The Olafur Eliasson retrospective recently opened at the Modern. Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson “is the first comprehensive survey in the United States of works by Olafur Eliasson, whose immersive environments, sculptures, and photographs elegantly recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Scandinavia, while foregrounding the sensory experience of the work itself. Drawn from collections worldwide, the presentation spans over fifteen years of Eliasson’s career”.

See this show.


Olafur Eliasson
Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson
Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St. btwn 5/6th Ave

April 20 – June 30

tomory dodge

Tomory Dodge has a nice show at CRG. I’ve been impressed with their shows lately.


Tomory Dodge
CRG Gallery
535 W. 22nd St.

April 19 – May 24

james siena

I’m into James Siena. He did it his way. Go see his show at PaceWildenstein, which “includes Siena’s signature abstract paintings but also debuts a new working method, as evidenced by the drawings on view. Known for densely patterned paintings, gouaches and drawings generated by the artist’s adherence to algorithmic systems, Siena has, in recent years, begun to vary the rigidity of those systems and the rigidity with which those systems are implemented. The result has been works which appear more chaotic and most recently, and surprisingly, a series of drawings where the twisting lines and forms transform into tortured faces of old men and women”.


James Siena
545 W. 22nd St.

March 28 – April 26

Jeannette Montgomery Barron

ClampArt is showing a collection of vintage photographs by Jeannette Montgomery Barron. Featuring stars from the world of art and culture, Montgomery Barron’s work comes across as intimate and comfortable, and puts a human touch on these legendary, familiar faces.


Jeannette Montgomery Barron
Vintage Portraits From The 1980s
521 W. 25th

March 27 – April 26

ryan mcginley

Ryan McGinley Team Gallery Jose Freire NYC

I like Ryan McGinley’s work. Go see his show at Team Gallery.


Ryan McGinley
I Know Where The Summer Goes
Team Gallery
83 Grand Street

April 3 – May 3

tomma abts

Tomma Abts, the 2006 Turner Prize winner, has a show at the New Museum. Featuring fourteen of her 18 7/8″ x 15″ canvases, the show encapsulates the pristine, hard-edge yet subtle playfulness of her work. I’m glad she won the Turner Prize, and is still relevant, even as her work is a 21st Century flashback to the 1950s.


Tomma Abts
New Museum
235 Bowery

April 9 – June 29