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

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

March 6 (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.;

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.;

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.;

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.;

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.;

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.;

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

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

To contact the reporter on this story: Katya Kazakina in New York at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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