1. “White House Black Market” @ Kimberly-Klark
December 19 — January 30
With work from Ann Hirsch, Alison Veit, Débora Delmar and Ryan Travis Christian, the new group show at Kimberly-Klark delves into the conceptualization of the modern woman. The official text for “White House Black Market” is a marketing plan directed at a target customer named “Sydney,” a “middle-to-upper income woman who is well-educated, active, and appearance-conscious.” But beneath the “contemporary, feminine, and youthful self-image” that the brand is attempting to convey and which Sydney is attempting to embody lies self-doubt, a void between the reality and the idealization of self image. The artwork on display examines this gap between what we want to be, what society tells us we should be and what we really are.
On display at 788 Woodward Avenue, Queens, NY.
2. Polly Apfelbaum @ 56 Henry
December 11 — January 24
Polly Apfelbaum’s new solo show — “Free” — at 56 Henry (formerly 55 Gansevoort) consists of a single line of handmade beads, suspended fro the gallery ceiling to hang at eye level. The rhythm they create against one another as well as their unique color combinations effects a dynamic, moving painting throughout the gallery space, examining the limits of those rules that define the painting medium.
On view at 56 Henry Street, New York, NY.
3. Tory Brauntuch @ Petzel Gallery
November 4 — January 9
Throughout his four-decade artistic career, Brauntuch has appropriated and re-contextualized obscure images from a wide array of origins. Drawing over in pastel or removing large portions of an original image, he obscures it, turing it into a ghost-like remnant of what it once was. In the absence of a complete image, a new significance develops — one based on more of a lack than presence. His current show at Petzel Gallery, “Early Works,” focuses on the beginnings of this process, through the large works he created between 1976 and 1983.
On view at 456 West 18th Street New York, NY.