As the thermometer creeps up into the triple-digits, we’ve chosen a slew of the group shows now on display throughout New York City, where you can enter an air-conditioned haven and get a dose of culture at the same time. There are many, many shows around Chelsea, SoHo, Brooklyn, and beyond, but here is a taste of the best group shows on view right now.
Magenta Plains’s “Snarl of Twine” is the perfect antidote to the oppressive summer heat. The show of Los Angeles and New York-based contemporary artists includes the spiky protrusions of Donald Moffat’s organism-like wall sculptures, Roger White’s delightfully banal painting of raw chicken on a cutting board, and a freestanding dual-paneled collage of textiles and paint by Dona Nelson.
A group show brings together artists Felipe Baeza, Jenna Gribbon, Anja Salonen, and Vaughn Spann—artists who each have unique perspectives on painting and push the medium to its limits.
The group show on now at Tanya Bonakdar’s gallery takes its name from the “liminal land” of New Jersey, a space in between the endless green pastures and industrial urbanity of the landscape. Similarly, the work in this group show doesn’t fit neatly into the categories typically used to describe art: Painting collides, sculpture, and everyday objects collide throughout the exhibition.
In this group show curated by Yvonne Force, 29 artists—one for each year it takes for Saturn to orbit the Earth—present work exploring sexuality and fertility, mysticism and nature, and the divine power of art. A thread of wit runs through the show, which takes the expression “oh my goodness” as a starting point to reflect on the many modern and traditional people, objects, and ideas that are deified.
A group show curated by Ugo Rondinone brings together the work of seven artists including the late Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks, David Adamo, Pat Steir, and Shara Hughes. Rondinone chose each of the artists for their distinct approaches of depicting the tension between the natural and spiritual worlds; “Summer,” he says, “celebrates the disparate elements of the earth, while exploring the human connection to nature.”
Rosalind Krauss’s seminal essay “Grids” is the theoretical peg for this group show, which brings together artists who employ various materials and methods, challenging the innate rigidity of grids. Artists in the show include Spencer Finch, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Sol LeWitt, and Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Tibor de Nagy’s “Summertime” features a vast array of artists and places works of diverse subject matter and material in stimulating conversation. Jane Freilicher’s picturesque is placed at the show’s entrance, while the understated glamour of Ryan McGinley‘s photographs and the colorful geometric abstraction of Trevor Winkfield carry the viewer around the gallery.
Group shows are a perfect way for new visitors to learn about the breadth of the gallery program, as in this exhibition at Lesley Heller. Work by all 23 artists on the roster will be featured in this mélange of color and material.
At Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, summer is sexy and wearing nearly nothing. The show includes artists Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Juliana Huxtable, Deana Lawson, Annie Sprinkle, Amalia Ulman, and many more.
The 18 finalists culled from more than 1,000 submissions for the annual Aperture Summer Open are on view now through the end of July. The works present a diverse array of perspectives, both in the subjects of the photographs, and the artists behind the lenses; this year’s show was curated by Siobhán Bohnacker of the ; Brendan Embser of magazine; Marvin Orellana of magazine; and independent critic and Instagram-phenom Antwaun Sargent.
The New York-based Sla307 art space is partnering with Meno Parkas Gallery (Lithuania and Germany) to bring together artists whose work, while formally varied, offer conceptual and visual similarities (in contemporary parlance, you might find them sharing hashtags).
Inspired by an old Newport ad with groups of laughing twenty-somethings having one hell of a good time, Asya Geisberg’s summer group show presents artists whose work “welcomes pleasure completely and unabashedly.” If the artists are having as much fun making these pieces as we are looking at them, they’re doing all right.
The curators of this group show—Nikki Maloof and Louis Fratino—write in their press release that “[p]ainting a flower is both revelatory and embarrassing,” and the artwork in this show encompasses the entire range of floral interpretations.
The work of Etel Adnan, Ione Saldanha, and Carolee Schneemann will be presented together for the first time in this show, whose title is taken from one of Adnan’s poems. The show will combine historical and recent paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, that contemplate the tenuous but persistent relationship of body and landscape.
“Difference Engine” explores the tension between the two approaches to technology as a theme that art has traditionally taken, especially since the dawn of the internet: the nihilistic and the utopian. Curated by Cory Arcangel and Tina Kukielski, this brings together work by Jamian Juliano-Villani, Jayson Musson, and Carol Bove, among many others.
Matthew Marks and Greene Naftali Galleries are presenting the third installment of their co-curated painting exhibitions, where more than 40 artists from both gallery rosters prove that painting is alive, now, and will be, forever.
Seven artists reflect on the mysterious and ancient idea of alchemy: the transformation of matter. In BRIC’s traditional fashion, the summer show will be accompanied by public programming including performance, dance, conversation, and the healing arts.
As its title suggests, “Intimacy” explores the concept as it’s been depicted in painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and works on paper over the last 40 years, since the onset of the AIDS crisis. Curated by Stephen Truax, this poignant exhibition includes work from over 35 artists, from newer names like Doron Langberg and Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr., to older artists who were victims of the epidemic themselves, like David Wojnarowicz and Patrick Angus.
A group show of artists who “employ strategies of reuse” in their work, this show includes work by El Anatsui, Maren Hassinger, Elana Herzog, Samuel Levi Jones, Mary Mattingly, Lina Puerta, Michael Rakowitz, Jean Shin, Shinique Smith, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Roberto Visani, and Michael Kelly Williams. The exhibition’s title is a reference to Robert Smithson’s 1968 essay, “A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects,” in which he compares the erosion of the earth to that of the mind.