If you’re in New York now—or plan to be in the near future—you probably know the city for the mecca of art that it is. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are a few exciting, current art exhibits to get you on the road to exploring the city.
On display at Greene Naftali through December 16, 2017
Humphries’s 10 large-scale paintings may not look like much from far away. But if you get up close and personal, you’ll see each is made of thousands of tiny, stencil-cut characters. Derived from typesetting and computer coding, the characters are set over remarkably dull backgrounds—blue, gray, and teal—that bring out their strangeness. It’s an opportunity to rethink how we see artifice and patterns in a modernized version of Georges Seurat.
Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings From the Thaw Collection
On display at the Morgan Library & Museum through January 7, 2018
Over the past 60 years, New York art dealer Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare Eddy Thaw, collected more than 150 master drawings, now on display. These pieces represent important artists at key moments in their careers, including Mantegna, Rubens, Rembrand, Goya, Gaugin, van Gogh, and many more. The Morgan Library & Museum’s website also has a video introduction to the exhibit, as well as an audio guide narrated by the library director and curators.
On display at the Whitney Museum of American Art through February 4, 2018
With techniques including embroidery, felt applique, digital printing, this exhibit of Owens’s mid-career work highlights her bold and experimental work. In the 1990s Owens set the stage for a new kind of painting that included goofiness and unusual materials. Her use of space and her methods may have changed over the years, but as this exhibit proves, her trend-setting innovations remain.
Streams and Mountains Without End: Landscape Traditions of China
On display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 6, 2019
No list of art happenings in New York would be complete without mentioning the Met. In this exhibit, visitors are encouraged to look beyond modern images of China and experience its green, wide-open spaces. While this is technically a reinstallation of a collection with only a few loans, it features many pieces of Chinese art that haven’t been seen in a decade or more. One piece is debuting after having been acquired one hundred years ago. And if paintings aren’t enough for you, there are also ceramics, textiles, and scholar’s rocks on display.