With an ever-growing number of galleries scattered around New York, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Where to begin? Here at A.i.A., we are always on the hunt for thought-provoking, clever and memorable shows that stand out in a crowded field. Below are seven fall shows our team of editors can't stop talking about.
This week we check out Sharon Horvath's sexy abstract paintings inspired by Japanese prints and ancient maps at Lori Bookstein, Anton Kannemeyer's comix-inspired paintings about South Africa at Jack Shainman, and Marta Chilindron's movable Plexiglas sculptures at Cecilia de Torres.
Sharon Horvath at Lori Bookstein, through Nov. 23
As you look closely at Sharon Horvath's slyly erotic, tangled abstractions, human and animal forms reveal themselves amid a sea of weblike constellations. In Magic Skin, a horse is clearly visible under a dripping shower head, while Nebula shows two people under a canopy, their bodies entwined.
Anton Kannemeyer at Jack Shainman, through Nov. 12
South African painter and comix artist Anton Kannemeyer titles his unnerving exhibition "After the Barbarians," forcing us to confront the racial tensions and shocking crime that rend his homeland post-Apartheid. Large, colorful, acerbic tableaux relate the woeful tale via satirical pictures and text.
Marta Chilindron at Cecilia de Torres, through Dec. 30
Marta Chilindron has found a way to meld her signature constructions of hard-edge geometric shapes and artificial materials with forms, colors and textured surfaces that reference nature. The Buenos Aires-born New York artist's accordionlike constructions manage to evoke landscape without being descriptive-no easy feat.
Barbara Takenaga at DC Moore, through Nov. 12
Barbara Takenaga pushes her signature colored dots to sublime extremes in this spectacular show. She has developed a grand vision-of teeming vistas, cascading constellations and swirling galaxies: a universe most definitely in expansion.
Rashaad Newsome at Marlborough Chelsea, through Dec. 3
Glossy magazine ads have never looked as good as they do in Rashaad Newsome's intricate handmade collages, with titles like Swaggalicious, BO$$ED UP and Black Barbie (a tribute to rapper Nicki Minaj). In some cases, Newsome's gaudy frames, incorporating gold chains, microphones and rhinestone brooches, out-swag the works they enclose.
Melissa Meyer at Lennon, Weinberg, through Oct. 29
Veteran abstractionist Melissa Meyer achieves a special radiance in her recent oils and watercolors, as flat, pale-colored grounds veritably glow beneath loose foreground grids of calligraphic brushwork in darker hues.
Lynne Yamamoto at P.P.O.W., through Nov. 12
P.P.O.W.'s back room hosts a serene exhibition by Lynne Yamamoto, appropriately titled "Genteel." On one wall is a cloud of white doilies, each embroidered with a different insect and suspended a few inches from the wall with straight pins. The only other work in the room is a small marble replica of Yamamoto's grandfather's shed; the shift in scale makes the delicate insects seem almost menacing.
"The Lookout" is compiled by A.i.A. Associate Editor Leigh Anne Miller