What’s On: Three Gallery Shows in Chelsea, New York

If you’re looking for a little out-of-the-ordinary inspiration this weekend, a trip to the Chelsea area of New York may prove promising. With three unique exhibitions all within a block of each other­, it’s time to bring out that old sketchbook and head to some galleries.

A selection from Neue Welt at Andrea Rosen Gallery

Pages from FESPA Digital/ FRUIT LOGISTICA by Wolfgang Tillmans

A selection from Neue Welt at Andrea Rosen Gallery

The latest exhibition by renowned contemporary photographer Wolfgang Tillmans is currently on at Andrea Rosen Gallery until June 15, 2013. On show are selections from his four year project that started in 2008 and culminated with the Taschen publication Neue Welt in 2012. This body of work captures an increasingly globalized world, with scenes that depict everyday life across the globe, from the US to Tasmania, and the Southernmost tip of Latin America. The exhibition also includes a wall covered in 128 brightly colored pages of fruit-related consumption from his newest book FESPA Digital/ FRUIT LOGISTICA.

Cast resin wall sculptures by Mika Rottenberg

Wax sculpture by Lynda Benglis

Vases by Axel Salto and painting by Jean Dubuffet

Across the street at Andrea Rosen Gallery 2 is a group show with an eclectic mix of artists. The exhibition features Mika Rottenberg’s stunning collection of vibrant hand-painted wall sculptures appropriately paired with a melted multicolored beeswax sculpture by Lynda Benglis.

Also on display are one of Jean Dubuffet’s “Texturology” paintings, a selection of organic vases from mid-century ceramicist Axel Salto and a series of photographs by Sean Bluechel.

Simon Hantaï

Simon Hantaï

Simon Hantaï

Up the street at Paul Kasmin Gallery is a truly uplifting exhibition of masterful colorist Simon Hantaï’s work, showing until June 22, 2013. Exceptional large-scale abstract paintings covered by bold yellow, pink, green, and blue hues fill the gallery walls. Hantaï’s compositions come alive with brightly painted spots of canvas that resemble origami paper folded into shapes of exotic birds and flowers. The show coincides with a retrospective of Hantaï’s work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. – Shannan Elinor

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