Dug Beetles Are into Astronomy
Turns out that Dug Beetles are the only insects (and one of the VERY few animals ever) to use the stars to navigate.
Video artist Diana Thater explores the concept in her latest blue-hued installation. Watch an entrancing video of the stars (actually filmed in a planetarium), and look up to find the beetles. No beetles were harmed in the making of this video. Diana Thater @ David Zwirner Gallery (533 W 19th St) thru 2/21 Exhibition Website
BEST PAINTINGS ON VIEW
In the Lower East Side: Gianna Commito paints geometric abstractions that look 3D
The Full Recommendation List
Here is the best on view now, in each neighborhood, from north to south. Each listing has a link taking you directly to the exhibition website.
Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-6pm unless otherwise noted
Edward Hopper meets Mad Men in these beautiful photographs of people waiting.
Erwin Olaf @ Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, 537 W 24th St, thru 2/28
Dissecting the famous Las Meninas by photographing himself as every man, woman & child within it.
Yasumasa Morimura @ Luhring Augustine, 531 W 24th St, thru 1/24
A 12-speaker surround sound installation breaks up a solo violin.
Susan Philipsz @ Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 W 21st St, thru 2/14
Masters of minimalism join forces in an empty room, LeWitt's "10,000 lines on the wall" is a stand out
Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt @ Paula Cooper, 521 W 21st St, thru 2/28
Dung beetles navigate using the stars. Seriously. This video installation was inspired by it.
Diana Thater @ David Zwirner Gallery, 533 W 19th St, thru 2/21
LOWER EAST SIDE
Open Wednesdays-Sundays 12pm-6pm unless otherwise noted
Walk on a rubber floor to see paintings done by "drone" (and an indoor cloud)
KATSU @ The Hole, 312 Bowery, through 2/22
Colorful beautiful smart paintings. These geometric abstractions seem to bend space.
Gianna Commito @ Rachel Uffner Gallery, 170 Suffolk St (upstairs), thru 2/22
Wire sculptures that barely stand up in a room that smells like Apple Strudel (in a bad way)
Amalia Ulman @ James Fuentes Gallery, 55 Delancey St, thru 2/8
Paintings made from perfume & essential plant oils (that's right, TWO shows that smell)
Elise Adibi @ Jouis B. James Gallery, 143b Orchard St (walk past the desk & downstairs), through 1/17