Hyper Hyped: Ed Paschke at Gagosian
The riotously colored exhibition is among the more argued about in the city. It essentially seeks to rewrite recent art history, arguing that the powerful Pashcke, not Warhol, is Koons' aesthetic Pop. (Mr. Koons, who curates the show, worked in Paschke's studio.)
Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever
Hyper Hyped: Barbara Kruger at Mary Boone
She has this show, her recent Lever House installation and a salute at Guild Hall opening this summer. The art is unquestionably good, but this feels almost as much like a marketing push as a well-earned salute to a groundbreaking artist.
Still from "The Globe Shrinks," Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, NY
Hyper Hyped: Shepard Fairey at Deitch Projects
Jeffrey Deitch's last show before going over to the light side, and the left coast, focuses on "Banned in Boston" graffiti king Mr. Fairey. Expect crowds there for the historic moment in the art world.
Hyper Hyped: "Size DOES matter"at the Flag Art Foundation
The invitation to Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal to serve as curator seems designed, at least in part, to generate publicity. It worked.
Don't Forget About: Joseph Beuys at Pace
That's pretty much the only four words you need: Joseph Beuys at Pace. The show, done in partnership with the artist's estate, immerses the viewer in the world of the gifted German conceptualist. There are a dozen sculptures, scores of photos documenting his work, filmed interviews with the artist and videos of his iconic "happenings."
G.R. Christmas/ Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York
Don't Forget About: Milton Avery at Knoedler
The painter is best known for his atmospheric semi-abstract landscapes, where puddles of green or blue are shorthand for fields and sky. This surprising show focus instead on urban scenes of New York painted earlier in his career and during the Depression, a time and mood reflected in the works. The city's river views, bridges and railroads come under painterly scrutiny, and become, often, beautiful.
Don't Forget About: "Your History Is Not Our History" at Haunch of Venison
Richard Phillips and David Salle organize a paean to the '80s featuring works by several of their more gifted contemporaries, from Fischl to Sherman and many who mattered in between.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Collection of Nina Clemente
Don't Forget About: "The Annual" at Bruce Silverstein Gallery
Every spring, this veteran photo gallery invites 10 curators to nominate an artist who deserves more exposure in New York; the results are often must-viewing.
Glenn Rudolph, Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY
Don't Forget About: The Robert & Ethel Scull Collection at Acquavella
(opens April 13)
It took a tremendous amount of courage to buy Pop Art before it was fashionable, and the Sculls were, if nothing else, courageous. The gallery assembles 44 of the works they owned-some on loan from top museums-and the artists on view will include Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Clyfford Still.