Need to get away for a bit? You don't even have to leave the city, just lose yourself in any one of these exhibitions that, if you haven't seen them yet, should be at the top of the priority list to get to before they go at the end of the week.
Dont miss the first solo exhibition in 12 years from the pioneering graffiti artist Futura, whose work is synonymous with the downtown art scene of the early 80s. Futuras paintings depict intangible objects and symbols developed over time to form his own alphabet. Futuras latest works, as well as some classic pieces are on display at Andy Valmorbidas pop up gallery on the far West side of Manhattan until October 5.
Valmorbida, 560 Washington Street
For the past two years artist Eric Yahnker has been preparing his densely layered politically charged massive drawings andsculptures for this exhibition, and it represents the culmination of his recent explorations. The works in this show range from meticulous, two-foot colored pencil and graphite drawings to towering ten-foot works on paper; from tiny sculptural interventions to massive three dimensional arrangements. Viewed all at once, the pieces form a lyrical and disturbing poem which takes the title Virgin Birth N Turf.
The Hole, 312 Bowery
Reclaiming the citys art scene for the post-millennial 20-something set, TEMP Gallery is a new platform for up and coming artists launching in borrowed space in TriBeCA this month. The inaugural exhibition, Working on It, is curated by the gallerys young owners, and includes work by Baltimore-based painter Laura Hudson and the New York-based Maggie Lee, Dean Levin, and Sandy Kim.
TEMP Arts Space, 57 Walker Street
The Bowery, or NYCs Skid Row has had a long and storied past, first as a neglected zone which served as a place for people down on their luck, then later home to punk venue CBGBs and more recently, the setting for some of the most prestigious shops, restaurants and hotels in the world, including the New Museum. Art Around The Bowery features original artwork, ephemera, and performance documentation by fifteen artists who lived and worked on or near the Bowery including Barbara Ess, Keith Haring, Adam Purple, Joey Ramone, Marcia Resnick, and Martin Wong.
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Big Box Man
If you dont have time for a gallery visit, walk by the Standard hotel in MePa. You cant miss the giant sculpture installation created by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, called Big Kastenmmann (or the Big Box Man). The 18-foot-tall headless businessman wears no pants, but has perfectly laced sneakers, awkwardly knobby knees, and a pressed suit jacket. Weighing in at nearly 2 tons, the sculpture is Wurms first public work of art in New York City.
Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street