Recommendations: week of 30 March - 10 April 2015

Working with Spiders

Tomas Saraceno

Thomás Saraceno @ Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (521 W 21st St) ends 5/2 Exhibition Website

To create these other-worldly web sculptures, Thomás Saraceno introduced different spiders to a box over time, rotating or flipping that box with every new addition. The result is a vast variety and combination of webs that are often oriented "incorrectly" to make them feel even more bizarre.  And yes there are a couple live spiders in this show, so please keep your distance (for their safety).  


This Car Weighs 13 Tons!

Charles Ray

Charles Ray @ Matthew Marks Gallery (523 W 24th St) ends 4/18 Exhibition Website

Get closer.  This isn't a real car.  Charles Ray spent 6 years machine-carving a solid block of stainless steal into an unbelievable sculpture of a truck that has been compacted into a rectangular block. The more details you examine, the more beautiful and strange it becomes.   


Cutting Newspapers

Yuken Teruya

Yuken Teruya @ Josée Bienvenu Gallery (529 W 20th St) ends 4/11 Exhibition Website

Artist Yuken Teruya uses an X-Acto knife to cut and fold old newspapers and high-end shopping bags into sprouts, trees, and the night sky.  With a steady hand, a mind for puzzles (nothing is ever cut entirely from its source material), and an eye for EXACT detail, the small creations pack a magical punch.

The Full Recommendation List

Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-6pm unless otherwise noted

James Siena @ Pace Gallery, (508 W 25th) through 4/25. Tiny sculptures made from grapes & toothpicks are enlarged with a 3D scanner & printer.

Charles Ray @ Matthew Marks Gallery   (523 W 24th St), through 4/18. This hyper-realistic sculpture of a crushed truck was carved from 1 block of solid stainless steel.

Thomás Saraceno @ Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (521 W 21st St) through 5/2. A crazy variety of webs are built by spiders into amazing works of art. View both floors.

Yuken Teruya @ Josée Bienvenu Gallery (529 W 20th St,) through 4/11 final week. Newspapers and shopping bags are hand cut & folded into life-like plants.

Subodh Gupta @ Hauser & Wirth Gallery, (511 W 18th St) through 4/25. An epic show that includes hundreds of pots, a floor made from cow dung, and thousands of tongs.

Open Wednesdays-Sundays 12pm-6pm unless otherwise noted

Cordy Ryman @ Zurcher Studio (33 Bleecker St) through 5/5. A pattern of 2x4s covers the walls.  Florescent paint on only one side creates a glow between the stripes.

Garrett Pruter @ Judith Charles Gallery (196 Bowery) through 4/26. Walk to the back and head downstairs to see the "ghost" of an exhibition (there is nothing on the walls)

Sam Jinks @ Marc Straus Gallery (299 Grand St) ends 5/3. SUPER realistic sculptures of people (upstairs).  Don't touch!

"Teeth Gnash Tennessee" @ Invisible Exports Gallery (89 Eldridge St) ends 4/26. They "rotate" his show EVERY DAY, adding 1 new work every day, while removing another.

Hans-Christian Lotz @ David Lewis Gallery (88 Eldridge St Fl 5) through 4/17. Sliding glass doors open on the wall like you just entered a mall.