Editor’s Picks: The Best of Chelsea

Cruising Chelsea? Here’s some art shows not to miss–including a few that close Saturday:

James Welling at David Zwirner

The veteran photographer picks Philip Johnson’s glorious “Glass House” as the subject, or perhaps inspiration, for a series of abstract kaleidoscopic images. Really worth seeing.

525 West 19th Street, thru April 24


Meg Webster at Paula Cooper

Green before almost anyone else was, this ecologically-aware artist here offers works on paper coated with such unorthodox materials as spices, soil or food. She’s about to get a lot more famous for another project, however: Later this spring, a garden of plants and boulders she’s designed will be unveiled near Chelsea Piers.

534 West 21st Street, thru April 24


Simon English at Robert Goff Gallery

This British artist came a little late to the Young British Artist party, since he was in Charles Saatchi’s YBA III exhibition (everybody in the first one pretty much got famous). Better known for painting, here he exhibits both drawings and, if you get there on time at the opening on Saturday (6 p.m. – 8 p.m., April 24), his performance art.

537B West 23rd Street, thru June 12


Altered States of Reality at Agora

How has digital photography changed the medium? Agora Gallery tackles that issue head on in a show that puts old and new types of photography side by side.

530 West 25th Street, thru May 7


Matthias Schaller at Danziger Projects

Before famous German collector Gert Elfering sold his collection of more than 100 photographs at Christie’s, he commissioned Schaller to photograph them. Schaller did so, arranging them in inventive groups and leaning them up against the auction-house wall, creating both an artwork and a souvenir. The result is one of the more unusual bodies of work on view in New York.

534 West 24th Street, thru May 24

Editor’s Picks: The Best of Chelsea