5 January Art Exhibitions Worth Seeing in NYC

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New York City’s art world is one of the greatest in the world, and lucky for us, we get to experience every part of it. Often times, our schedules get so busy that we don’t take time to appreciate what we love and indulge in what we enjoy. Learning to appreciate art and taking the time to see and understand it is something that brings joy and satisfaction to even the most un-artistic souls. It is a way to live a fantasy within a strictly realistic world. In a city like this one, an art getaway is exactly what we all need.

You may choose to take a trip to the MoMA or Guggenheim and enjoy a large museum exhibition, or you may choose to venture towards Chelsea and take a look at a small art gallery show which may or may not turn out to be fascinating. At the end of the day, art is personal, and it is entirely up to you what you decide to admire.

In the spirit of being more involved in NYC’s happenings, specifically in the world of art this year, here are some of the most exciting art openings of the month. We are definitely looking forward to spending a few weekends appreciating these works of art, hope to see you there!

1 De Buck Gallery: “Cindy Wright: Glamoured by Decay”

An upcoming solo show by Belgian painter Cindy Wright the exhibition, entitled Glamoured by Decay, marks Wright’s debut at De Buck Gallery.Wright’s photorealistic yet fantastical work focuses on themes of solemn morbidity. Inspired by the rich tradition of Dutch Baroque still life paintings, she creates images in a way that reminds the viewers of their own mortality and the quiet beauty of death and decay. With perfectly thought-out compositions, clear color balance and masterful skill, Wrights establishes her work as modernly classic, following the steps of the Masters.
545 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011 Jan 14–Feb 20, 2016

2 JoAnne Artman Gallery: “Not So Plain Jane” Featuring Jane Maxwell

Feminism in it’s best form, this exhibition by Jane Maxwell – an award-winning mixed media artist – is girl-power on a canvas. With depictions of fashionable women and the use of multiple textures and materials, this ultra-feminine and powerful display of multimedia work is exactly what an independent New York woman wants to see.
511A W 22 St., New York, NY 10011 Jan 6–Feb 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Jan 7, 2016, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

3 Whitney Museum of American Art: “Frank Stella: A Retrospective”

One of the most important artists of our time and certainly a recognizable name in American art, Frank Stella bring us, once again, a collection of masterpieces well-worth seeing. In his own words “what you see is what you see,” by which he means that – regarding his work – none of his creations either frame a scene or make reference to one, yet they are not meant to be abstract either. In Stella’s mind, his paintings are things, objects in a room just like statues or furniture. Always dynamic, vibrant and thought-provoking, Frank Stella’s work is the art revival you’ve been waiting for.
99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014 Oct 30, 2015–Feb 7, 2016

4 Klein Sun Gallery: “Gao Rong: The Simple Line”

Making a reference to traditional Chinese culture and the role of women in society, Gao reacts with a deeply intricate solo exhibition made entirely of perfectly organized thread in various colors. The strings – which are different in every piece and originally inspired by traditional folk art – stretch across a wooden circle, tensing and relaxing throughout, symbolizing Gao’s constructions of space around herself and others, alluding to her role as a Chinese female and everything that entails.
525 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10011 Jan 7, 2016–Feb 13, 2016

5 P.P.O.W. Gallery: “Martin Wong: Voices”

Everything from intricate sculptures to graffiti-inspired paintings, drawings and typographical images, Martin Wong’s “Voices” is an exhibition, is pure poetry. Having a strong association with language as the core inspiration behind his art, Wong experiments with different forms of literature, Kufic manuscripts, Sanskrit calligraphy, sign language, astronomical constellations and graffiti. Curated by Anneliis Beadnell and Dino Dincer Sirin, this unique exhibition is a full-body experience of poetic craze and modern type-inspired artwork.
535 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10011, USA Jan 9, 2016–Feb 6, 2016 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2016, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
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