Art In America

Scott Benzel

at Maccarone,
630 Greenwich St.

In his first show with the gallery, Los Angeles-based Scott Benzel shows himself to be an able assembler of cultural ephemera that are rich with associations. In a manner reminiscent of his gallery-mate Carol Bove, he displays shelves of antique books, juxtaposing titles ranging from The Official Guide to the Best Cat Houses in Nevada to Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. A display case works a cylindrical theme, combining Lynda Benglis's infamous Artforum dildo advertisement with glass tubes you can buy in bodegas that hold tiny paper roses but double as crack pipes. The Benglis ad led to a palace revolt that gave rise to October magazine, whose first issue, in the same case, features a drawing of a pipe with the Magrittean caption "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." And there's much, much more.

More from the Lookout

Closing

Tauba Auerbach

at Paula Cooper,
through Feb. 13
534 West 24th Street

Closing

Ry Rocklen

at Feuer/Mesler,
through Feb. 13
319 Grand Street

Closing

“Language of the Birds: Occult and Art

at 80WSE Gallery,
through Feb. 13
80 Washington Square East

Closing

Stewart Uoo

at 47 Canal,
through Feb. 14
291 Grand Street

“Flatlands”

at Whitney Museum ,
through Apr. 17
99 Gansevoort Street

“Looking Back: The 10th White Columns Annual”

at White Columns,
through Feb. 20
320 West 13th Street

Judith Bernstein

at Mary Boone ,
through Feb. 27
541 West 24th Street

Lisa Oppenheim

at Tanya Bonakdar,
through Feb. 20
521 West 21st Street

“Social Ecologies”

at Gallery at Industry City,
through Feb. 21
254 36th Street, Brooklyn

Zhang Hongtu

at Queens Museum,
through Feb. 28
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.