MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
IFC Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
This is always a good thing to see. Plus, this year one of the nominees is art-related! (If I recall correctly, you really like art.) “Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, ‘eighth wonder of the world’ art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.” —Dan Duray
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, whatever movies cost, various times this week
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Opening: Harold Ancart, Kevin Beasley, Mateo López at Casey Kaplan
These three young guns will stage solo projects. (Mr. Ancart’s 2012 show at Clearing’s Brooklyn gallery is pictured.) Mr. Beasley’s sounds particularly epic: a series of 52 reels, each with 40 hours of music, that he spliced together from some 4,000 cassette tapes. —Andrew Russeth
Casey Kaplan, 525 West 21st Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Peter Buggenhout “Caterpillar Logic II” at Gladstone Gallery
“The exhibition, Caterpillar Logic II, will feature two large-scale installations, The Blind Leading the Blind #66 and The Blind Leading the Blind #67, which have been created using old building and industrial materials and garbage that are blanketed in a layer of dust. The title of the works, which Buggenhout uses for all of his dust works, is drawn from the work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder of the same name, which depicts a group of blind men leading one another through a village.” Feel good fun. —D.D.
Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Germaine Richier at Dominique Lévy/Emmanuel Perrotin
“On view in the landmark building at 909 Madison Avenue where both galleries reside, Germaine Richier will present more than forty important sculptures ranging from early torsos and figures, to startling hybrids of humans crossed with bats, toads, spiders, and vegetal organisms, that brought the artist international recognition before her untimely death at the age of 57.” A must see for all you vegetal torso fans out there. —D.D.
Galleries Dominique Lévy/Emmanuel Perrotin, 909 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Klara Kristalova, “Big Girl Now,” at Lehmann Maupin
In her second exhibition at the gallery, Ms. Kristalova will present new ceramic works.–Michael H. Miller
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Collier Schorr, “8 Woman,” at 303 Gallery
Ms. Shorr will present work spanning from the mid-90s to the present, all of which deals with women “involved in performance, be it as artists, models or musicians.”–M.H.M.
303 Gallery, 507 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Opening: Matias Faldbakken at Paula Cooper
The wily Danish artist and writer will stage his first show at Paula Cooper Gallery, his first solo in New York since 2011’s “Television/Moonshine” at Reena Spaulings. Loving the quote from Mr. Faldbakken on the news release: “I try to suck the air out of the room or de-sacralize it a bit. Fascination should always be balanced with a twist of disappointment.” Pictured is Untitled (vodka bottles) (2014). —A.R.
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
René Daniëls at Metro Pictures
The Dutch artist, who suffered a debilitating illness in 1987 that rendered him unable to work until very recently, is back in business. The gallery is presenting paintings, drawings and watercolors (pictured are some of his “bowtie” works in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) —Zoë Lescaze
Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibition: Kiki Smith, “Wonder” at Pace Gallery
A lot of big, woodsy works it seems: a 16-foot glass piece depicting bald eagles and a 13-foot steel and silver sculpture of hoarfrost, to name two. Chuck Close is opening down the block at the gallery’s other location. —Z.L.
Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, gallery hours
SATURDAY, MARCH 1
Opening: “Jorge Pardo: Inert” at Petzel
Jorge Pardo’s eighth show at Petzel will feature “an architectural intervention in the main gallery taking the form of a spare bedroom measuring 12 feet high, 14 feet wide, and 26 feet long, complete with two points of access.” No doubt this will be warm, chic and handsome. Also here are 25—actually, let’s not ruin it. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised. —A.R.
Petzel, 456 West 18th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2
Opening: Hans Schabus, “Lower East Side” at Simon Preston Gallery
You may remember seeing the gallery’s glass and metal facade sitting in its Art Basel Miami Beach booth back in December (pictured is the gallery, boarded up with plywood, after it shipped its doors to Florida). The Austrian artist responsible for the building’s facelift is now presenting other works from the same series that deal with gallery’s architecture. —Z.L.
Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.