TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Exhibition: “Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici” at Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici,” which first debuted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, brings together 110 works to trace stylistic and pictorial innovations of the era. Organized into seven thematic sections, the show considers the varied material production of 18th-century Mexico and artists’ crucial roles in society at the time. Featuring recently restored artworks, the exhibition focuses on the Mexican art world during a vibrant period in which painting schools were consolidated, academies were founded, and new iconographies were introduced.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Opening: “Gutai, 1953–59” at Fergus McCaffrey
In its newly expanded space, Fergus McCaffrey gallery will showcase some 70 large-scale artworks from the Gutai movement, a Japanese avant-garde swell that experimented with ideas related to chance and performance. In its spirit, artists like Kazuo Shiraga, Saburo Murakami, Atsuko Tanaka, and Toshio Yoshida grappled with the atrocities and traumas of World War II and sought novel ways of creating art, engaging with materials, and experimenting with forms. “Gutai, 1953–59” will include works created in the time leading up to the collective’s establishment, in 1954; some pieces in the show are being exhibited in America for the first time.
Fergus McCaffrey, 514 West 26th Street, 6–8 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Opening: David Salle at Skarstedt
Known for works that combine photography, painting, and collage techniques, David Salle is often considered one of the most important figurative artists working today. This show, titled “David Salle: Paintings 1985–1995,” surveys a period in which he created canvases that appear to include appropriated images, often layering them to create dense compositions that blur the line between original pictures and ready-made ones. However contemporary the results, Salle also had art history in mind as he was producing these paintings: reference points here range from Diego Velázquez to Alberto Giacometti.
Skarstedt, 10 East 79th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Talk: Iris Morales, Rosa Clemente, and Victoria Barrett at Brooklyn Museum
Coinciding with the museum’s exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985,” three Latinx activists will discuss strategies for community organizing in the United States and Latin America. Participants in the conversation include former Young Lords Party member and filmmaker Iris Morales, educator and activist Rosa Clemente, and environmental activist Victoria Barrett. The event will be moderated by Adjoa Jones de Almeida, director of education at the Brooklyn Museum.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 7–9 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
Gallery Walk: Madison Avenue Gallery Walk at Various Venues
In conjunction with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, ARTnews will present a day of gallery walks and events led by art-world experts. Forty-six participating galleries will host programs including curator talks, exhibition walkthroughs, guided tours, artist talks, and auctions. Among the day’s events will be a talk with ARTnews contributor Phyllis Tuchman at Van Doren Waxter about the collages of John McLaughlin, a walk-through of Dave Muller’s show at Blum & Poe, and a curated tour of various galleries by ARTnews editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas.
Various venues, consult website for details. RSVP necessary for certain events
Opening: Huang Yong Ping at Gladstone Gallery
For his fifth solo show at Gladstone Gallery—and his first in New York since Theater of the World, an installation that was to feature live animals, generated controversy for its inclusion in the Guggenheim Museum’s recent survey of contemporary Chinese art—Huang Yong Ping will exhibit his large-scale sculpture Bank of Sand, Sand of Bank (2000–06). The work, which weighs 20 tons, is modeled on the former HSBC Bank in Shanghai, a Neoclassical structure built in 1923 by a British architecture firm. Yet despite its weight, the work is extremely fragile; made of sand and a small amount of cement, it can crumble at any time—underscoring ways that major historical structures can come apart and reveal their history.
Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street, 4–6 p.m.
Opening: Takashi Murakami at Perrotin
Taking over three floors of Perrotin gallery’s outpost on the Lower East Side, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami presents a new suite of paintings inspired by the art of Francis Bacon along with other recent pieces. The “Homage to Francis Bacon” works, which Murakami began in 2002 and continued producing through 2016, feature some of the artist’s most familiar iconography—bulging eyes and mushrooms—in fields of color, all placed on platinum leaf. The exhibition also includes a 33-foot-long painting from 2017, Transcendent Attacking a Whirlwind, that is meant as a tribute to the Japanese artist Soga Shohaku. The painting continues Murakami’s ongoing interest in synthesizing styles culled from pop culture and more traditional Japanese forms.
Perrotin, 130 Orchard Street, 4–9 p.m.
Opening: Marlene Dumas at David Zwirner
For her first solo exhibition in New York since 2010, the South African-born, Amsterdam-based artist Marlene Dumas presents the exhibition “Myths & Mortals,” which features a series of works on paper commissioned for a recent Dutch adaptation of the William Shakespeare narrative poem “Venus and Adonis.” The show will also include a series of new paintings that vary in size, from monumentally scaled nudes to more modestly sized canvases that explore bodies and facial features.
David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street, 6–8 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
Opening: “74 million million million tons” at SculptureCenter
The artists in this group show, curated by Ruba Katrib (formerly of SculptureCenter and now of MoMA PS1) and the artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, attempt to articulate the elusive, abstract moments that often fill the time between major shifts in political, cultural, and technological consciousness. Among the works included are Shadi Habib Allah’s installation of cell phones playing recorded conversations of Bedouin smugglers and Carolina Fusilier’s abstract paintings, which explore the inner workings of mechanical devices. According to the curators’ statement for the show, artists here “anticipate and produce material documents even before the process has been deemed necessary.”
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Queens, 5–7 p.m.