Your New York Exhibition Guide

Must-See Shows This Week

It’s Frieze Week! You might be busy with the fair (and the thousands of artworks there), but don’t forget about the shows. We got you covered below. Everything you need to see this week.

Frieze NY 2021

Frieze NY at The Shed

Another week, another fair. Frieze NY is back again at The Shed. This year, they’ve got 65+ galleries split into the main section and the Frame section, which is dedicated to younger galleries. Our usual favorites like Carlos/Ishikawa, The Approach, Xavier Hufkens, and Mor Charpentier are in town (just to name a few!). Not gonna lie, tickets are pricey. They start at $70 and go up if you want to sneak in before the weekend public opening. They’re selling out fast either way – get your tickets here. But if you can’t make it or figure you’d save that dough to buy art elsewhere, you can see what’s on view via Frieze Viewing Room.

Lauren Halsey at David Kordansky NY

Lauren Halsey at David Kordansky

If the recent rain has dampened your mood, Lauren Halsey will brighten your day. Her first solo show in NYC (which inaugurates Kordansky’s new space in the Big Apple), lights up the gallery with a dazzling assortment of color, text, and geometry. Halsey packs her native South Central LA into a series of vibrant installations and wall pieces that are both loving homages to neighborhood vernacular (rainbow tresses under a sign for the “Braid Shack”) and pointed reminders of urban hardship (“Reparations Now!” proclaims a diorama billboard). And while Halsey’s work rings with social and political urgency, its pure aesthetic force ultimately hints at a way forward. Visit the gallery for an immersive experience of community, architecture, and heritage, all bonded by a celebratory power.

Whitney Biennial 2022

Whitney Biennial 2022 at the Whitney Museum

For those needing a crash course on American art

New York leaps back to life, and the Whitney Biennial returns like the whack of a slingshot, ready to give us all that is pressing and relevant in the world of art. The Biennial, which has striven since 1932 to present a real-time snapshot of American creative production, will offer an array of 63 artists whose works includes painting, sculpture, performance, and video. Originally slated for 2021, the show was recalibrated to account for the pandemic, racial justice protests, and the election. This year promises to be a rich and fascinating offering, and the curators’ ambitions to deliver a portrait of “the country’s physical and psychological boundaries” are sure to generate a good deal of buzz. Whether you know the art world inside-out, or are peering in for the first time, the Whitney will not fail to disappoint.

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