Art In America

Ran Hwang

at Leila Heller,
568 W 25th St.

Known for rendering Asian motifs—Buddhas, flowers, birds, temples, vessels, blossoming tree limbs—in luscious color combinations using thousands of buttons pinned to monochrome panels, the Korean-born Ran Hwang here introduces an unusually ominous element to her otherwise idyllic scenes. Spiders, in the form of both sculptural creatures and projected video, have invaded several of the works, notably a large installation that could serve as a stage flat for a drama about ephemerality and quiet snake-in-the-garden-style evil.

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Nancy Rubins

at Gagosian,
through Sept. 13
522 W. 21st St.

“Here and Elsewhere”

at New Museum,
through Sept. 28
235 Bowery

Closing

Mel Bochner

at Jewish Museum,
through Sept. 7
1109 Fifth Ave.

Danh Vo

at Public Art Fund,
through Dec. 5
Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park

“Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink”

at Museum of Chinese in America,
through Sept. 14
215 Centre St.

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