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Basquiat, Zwirner’s New Gallery, Giant Al Held: Hot Art

March 06, 2013

Dan Flavin

Work by Dan Flavin at the David Zwirner gallery. Minimalist installations by Flavin and Donald Judd can be viewed at the new 30,000 square-foot building through March 16. Photographer: Tim Nighswander/IMAGING4ART/Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society/David Zwirner via Bloomberg

If you survive New York’s Armory Week, with its 10-plus art fairs, here are a few side trips into Chelsea.

1. West 20th Street: David Zwirner’s new 30,000-square-foot building has Minimalist installations by Donald Judd and Dan Flavin. Through March 16 at 537 20th St.; http://www.davidzwirner.com.

2. West 24th Street: In November 2012, Trevor Paglen’s gold- plated disc with some 100 images of human life and achievement on Earth was launched into outer space, where it will remain. You can see the images as well as a copy of the disk at Metro Pictures gallery. Through March 9 at 519 W. 24th St.; http://www.metropicturesgallery.com.

3. West 24th Street: Gagosian Gallery is showing the largest survey of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died at 27 in 1988, since the artist’s exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 2005. Through April 6 at 555 W. 24th St.; http://www.gagosian.com.

4. West 25th Street: Gigantic alphabet paintings by Al Held (1928-2005) command space at Cheim & Read gallery. One lemon- yellow canvas is so large it actually changes the light in the room. Through April 20 at 547 W. 25th St.; http://www.cheimread.com.

5. West 26th Street: Artist Shinique Smith paints with her naked body and turns her old clothes into hanging, beehive-like sculptures at James Cohan Gallery. Through March 16 at 533 W. 26th St.; http://www.jamescohan.com.

6. West 27th Street: Arman (1928-2005) used bicycle wheels, acrylic paints and numerous paintbrushes to create hybrids of painting and sculpture. They pulsate with energy at Paul Kasmin gallery. Through April 6 at 293 Tenth Ave.; http://www.paulkasmingallery.com.

7. West 36th Street: Anthony McCall created magic with video projections and light at Sean Kelly gallery. Through March 23 at 475 Tenth Ave.; http://www.skny.com.

Muse highlights include Ryan Sutton on dining, David Shribman on books.

To contact the reporter on this story: Katya Kazakina in New York at kkazakina@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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