TUESDAY, MAY 12
Opening: Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks
All four of Matthew Marks’s Chelsea galleries will be dedicated to new works by Ellsworth Kelly, who will soon celebrate his 92nd birthday. Fourteen paintings and four 7-foot-tall aluminium sculptures (Kelly’s first sculptures in over 30 years) in a mix of colors both vibrant and subdued continue the artist’s nearly 70-year exploration of color and form.
Matthew Marks, 502, 522, 526 West 22nd Street and 523 West 24th Street, 6-8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13
Talk: Sally Mann at the New York Public Library
A good way to spend your lunch break: photographer Sally Mann will be discussing her new memoir Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs, which focuses on the tumultuous time in her life following the publication of her infamous, career-making “Immediate Family” series in 1992, which included nude photos of her children.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor Hall, 5th Ave at 42nd Street, 12-1 p.m.
Screening: “The Real Mad Men” at the Museum of the Moving Image
With only one week to go before the final episode of Mad Men airs, this talk features real executives and creatives from the golden age of advertising, accompanied by their old commercials and campaigns. Burt Manning (former CEO of J. Walter Thompson), Kenneth Roman (former CEO of Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide), Herbert Schlosser (Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of the Moving Image), and Peggy’s real-life counterpart, Helayne Spivak (a former copywriter and later creative director at Hal Riney, Young & Rubicam, and Ammirati Puris Lintas) will discuss their experiences working in the advertising industry during the 1960s.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, Queens, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15
THURSDAY, MAY 14
Opening: “Topography of a Daydream” at Garis & Hahn
Tel Aviv-based artist KLONE will show sculptures, drawings, animations, and a site-specific mural in the artist’s first (two-story) solo show in New York. KLONE’s work is highly allegorical, rooted in childhood memories of his immigration from Ukraine to Israel, and he uses universal symbols like the fox, the crow, and the black cat to create a fantasy world where his “ambivalence towards self-identity” finds some peace.
Garis & Hahn, 263 Bowery, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Ricci Albenda at Andrew Kreps
“Supercallefragelistic-expialledocious (Universal Color Part 1)” marks Albenda’s sixth solo show at Andrew Kreps, as well as the final edition of the two-decade-long Universal Color, a series through which Albenda developed a new color system. COLOR-I-ME-TRY integrated alphabetical and numerical systems into the color wheel, creating a “malleable, geometric shape that exists within a comprehensive three-dimensional color space,” as a press release states. While his previous work has remained within the normal bounds of this model, this exhibition shows Albenda experimenting freely within his own carefully constructed system, breaking his own rules after two decades of learning them.
Andrew Kreps, 537 West 22nd Street, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: LaToya Ruby Frazier at Aperture
To celebrate photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier’s first book (The Notion of Family, published last year), which recently won her the International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Publication, Aperture Foundation will display a selection of photos and videos related to Frazier’s book. Included in this collection will be recent color images from Frazier’s installation Born By a River, which depict her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania from aerial views, presented for the first time in New York.
Aperture Foundation, 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Huma Bhabha at Salon 94
This exhibition is split between Salon 94’s two Chinatown locations—sculptures by the Pakistani-born artist will be shown at Salon 94’s Bowery outpost, while drawings will be on view at the gallery’s Freeman Alley building. Not much has been given by way of explanation for this show, but it appears that visitors may expect more of the compellingly grotesque creations Bhabha has delivered in the past.
Salon 94, 243 Bowery/1 Freeman Alley, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: 2015 Frieze Art Fair
Frieze is not only the art event of the week in New York, but of the month as well. Nearly 200 galleries from around the world will be exhibiting on New York’s Randall’s Island, featuring six new commissioned artworks for the Frieze Projects Program, as well as sound projects by Xaviera Simmons, Alicja Kwade, and Sergei Tcherepnin for Frieze Sounds, and a host of Frieze Talks featuring the likes of Jerry Saltz, Paul McCarthy, Pierre Bismuth, Karley Sciortino, and Christian Jankowski.
Randall’s Island, May 13-16 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; May 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. One day ticket, $44; full-time student ticket, $28.
FRIDAY, MAY 15
Opening: Cildo Meireles at Galerie Lelong
This eponymously titled show will be the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles’ first solo exhibition in New York in a decade, and will include new works that center on Meireles’ famous, enormous installation piece Amerikkka.
Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street, 6-8 p.m.