The View Master (November 16)

  • Gallery: Thomas Erben, 526 West 26th Street,

    Dates: November 18 - December 18, 2010

    Exhibit: In this exhibit, Lu's film, History of Chemistry: Vol. 2 -Excessively Restrained Mountaineering Enthusiasts and Birdhead's photographs come together in a stirring vision of a media-bombarded Shanghai, a vision that's bound to resonate with New Yorkers. Birdhead -- actually two young artists Song Tao and Ji Weiyu -- were once asked in an interview how people not from Shanghai might view their work. They responded, "They may care about us, but we don't care about them. Ha ha."

  • Gallery: Jack Shainman, 513 West 20th Street

    Dates: November 18, 2010 - December 23, 2010  

    Exhibit: In his large abstract paintings, Odita, born in Nigeria, explores his African heritage, examining the interplay between race and politics. He's been compared to Rothko and Pollock and last year painted a multi-floor mural at Princeton's Butler College, a rare privilege only bestowed on a handful of artists. One of his earlier works entailed digitally removing some of the cover lines for Vogue to reveal the coded messages on display.

  • Gallery: Lombard-Freid Projects, 518 West 29th Street

    Dates: November 6-December 21, 2010

    Exhibit: Imagine the Trojan horse, but it's a squirrel and made of bronze: that's the first thing you'll notice at the Kofmehl show. The show also includes a projected interview between the artist and Bernie Goetz -- the two had met through a mutual friend before the latter's 1984 subway shooting. Seems random, but that's part of the point.

  • Gallery: Martos Gallery, 540 W 29th Street

    Dates: November 18, 2010 - January 8, 2011

    Exhibit: 26-year-old curatorial wunderkind Matt Moravec showcases the art of Brendan Lynch (whose past work has included a collage of internet porn arranged into a heart), Dominic Nurre (who had the excellent and difficult to navigate "Objection Room" at the P.S. 1 MoMA's Greater New York exhibit), Daniel Turner (who once burned his entire body of work) and his curatatorial partner Kyle Thurman.

  • Gallery: The Pace Gallery, 32 E 57th Street

    Dates: Nov 12, 2010 - Jan 29, 2011

    Exhibit: Legendary artist Robert Irwin returns to Pace with his latest collection of light installations. His motto, "Always changing, never twice the same," is carved into the plaza floor of the Getty Center in L.A.

  • Gallery: Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street

    Dates: November 6 - December 23, 2010

    Exhibit: Rondinone continues to demonstrate his versatility with this exhibit, the centerpiece of which is a collection of seven human-sized figures in repose against the wall. Rondinone created the rainbow "Hell, Yes!" that adorned the New Museum until very recently, an upbeat work that contrasts markedly with these Pompeii-like statues.

  • A quilt from a recent exhibit.

    Gallery: American Folk Art Museum, Lincoln Square branch, 2 Lincoln Square

    Dates: November 16, 2010-September 25, 2011

    Exhibit: Not just any quilts, mind you...star quilts. The motif has been a popular one for centuries. By the way, if you're looking for red-and-white quilts, that show is across town at the Park Avenue Armory.

  • Gallery: Matthew Marks, 523 W 24 Street

    Dates: November 6 - December 23, 2010

    Exhibit: Smith is big with corporate art lovers -- you may recognize his work from various lobbies around town. These nine works, created between 1960 and 1970 all feature his usual geometric shapes with his signature black finish.