Sometimes, while wandering the streets, you find yourself part of a crowd inexplicably attracted to something.
The experience comes to mind with the aerial-view paintings at Marlborough Gallery. Juan Genoves, 81, portrays swarms of people with blots of black for the heads, blots of color for the torsos, and black again for the legs.
While the upper part of the bodies is almost three-dimensional thanks to the large quantity of dried acrylic, the lower part is flat, giving the scene an absurd sense of reality when viewed from a distance.
The 2011 “Angostura” could be showing New York Marathon runners as they cross a colorful Brooklyn Bridge. “Pantalla” seems to capture crowds staring at Ground Zero, shown as a gray square.
The sold-out “Juan Genoves: Recent Paintings” is at 40 W. 57th St. through Feb. 11, 2012. Information: +1-212-541-4900; http://www.marlboroughgallery.com.
Math and Geometry
Manhattan’s Pace Gallery brings together works by Sol LeWitt and Alfred Jensen that reflect a shared use of math and geometry taken in different aesthetic directions.
In “Jensen/LeWitt: Systems and Transformation,” curated by Pace founder and chairman Arne Glimcher, LeWitt’s minimalist wooden sculptures are painted in spotless white and could be the stylized versions of an architectural model. Jensen’s oils are vibrant, filled with strong brushstrokes of color.
The 1986 “Structure with Three Towers” by LeWitt, a multiplication of identical cubes forming a faultless white sculpture, sits next to Jensen’s 1968 “Square XXI Growth,” with its quilt-like, symmetrical colored squares.
LeWitt’s pyramids, though made with wood, have a sense of weightlessness. Jensen’s 1975 “A la fin de l’automne” echoes their triangular shape.
Prices range from $100,000 to $750,000. The show is at 32 E. 57th St. through Feb. 11, 2012. Information: +1-212-421-3292; http://thepacegallery.com.
Italian photographer Vincenzo Castella is known for his neutral city landscapes. His views of Istanbul, Malta, Naples and Venice, along with photographs by compatriots Luigi Ghirri, Gabriele Basilico and Massimo Vitali, are part of “Una Prospettiva Italiana” at Howard Greenberg Gallery.
Though the buildings and roofs portrayed by Castella could belong to any city, the connoisseur will recognize Naples’s palace of Capodimonte, now a museum housing part of the celebrated Farnese collection as well as masterpieces by Raphael and Titian, among others.
The striking “Venezia, Giudecca,” odd one out among Castella’s prints, is reminiscent of Canaletto’s truthful portrayals of the floating city. Dated this year, it recalls his older works, according to Angela Madesani, curator of the show.
Prices range from $8,000 to $39,700. The show is at 41 E. 57th St. through March 13. Information: +1-212-334-0010; http://www.howardgreenberg.com.
(Lili Rosboch writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are her own.)