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Kissing Twins, Balancing Beams: Guide to Hot Downtown Art

"Kiss" (2003) by Christa Parravani. The photograph depicts the artist and her twin sister, who died at 28 of a drug overdose. Source: Christa Parravani via Bloomberg

March 13 (Bloomberg) -- With more than 100 galleries on the Lower East Side alone, downtown Manhattan has emerged as a serious alternative to the Chelsea art district. New spaces are also popping up in SoHo and Tribeca. Here are a few of the most interesting:

1. Foley: Christa Parravani’s beautiful photographs with her identical twin sister, who died at 28 of a drug overdose, depict the two women in white cloaks kissing in the snow and standing in a green field. Prices range from $3,000 to $5,000. Through April 14 at 97 Allen St.; http://foleygallery.com.

2. James Fuentes: Anthropologist-turned-sculptor Richard Nonas works on an intimate scale. There’s warmth in his small, Minimalist steel and wood structures. Prices range from $16,000 to $80,000. Through April 21 at 55 Delancey St.; http://www.jamesfuentes.com.

3. Clocktower: The experimental-art space is on the top floor of this Tribeca court building. The current show, “Dark Paradise,” includes previously unseen photographs by Patti Smith, Joan Jonas’s video and musician Antony’s fragile collages. The works are not for sale. Through May 1 at 108 Leonard St., 13th floor; http://artonair.org/clocktower-gallery.

4. Dorian Grey: Desire and consumption take center stage in “Walter Robinson: Indulgences,” an exhibition of 56 sizzling works depicting burgers, syrup-soaked pancakes and pin-up nudes. Prices range from $1,200 to $4,500. Through March 31 at 437 E. 9th St.; http://www.doriangreygallery.com.

Evoking Dread

5. Bridge: In one work, painter Gerri Davis’s deft manipulation of perspective evokes the dread that Isaac must have felt as Abraham prepared to sacrifice him. Prices range from $1,800 to $33,000. Through March 25 at 98 Orchard St.; http://bridgegalleryny.com.

6. Untitled: Los Angeles artist Matthew Chambers fills the gallery with 62 8-by-4-foot canvases of crudely painted abstractions, Pop culture imagery and torn strips of failed canvases. Each work is $12,000. Through April 21 at 30 Orchard St.; http://nyuntitled.com.

7. Laurel Gitlen: In Allyson Viera’s sculptures, bulk meets elegance as steel I-beams balance atop knobby, zigzagging drywall columns. Prices range from $8,000 to $16,000. Through March 24 at 122 Norfolk St.; http://www.laurelgitlen.com.

8. The Rotary: The second floor of Fanelli’s Cafe in Soho is making a comeback as an exhibition space. Enter through a side door to see Joshua Mattes, a Bushwick, Brooklyn-based artist whose kaleidoscopic black-and-white abstractions play with space. Prices range from $500 to $5,000. Through March 31 at 94 Prince St.; http://www.rotarynyc.com.

9. National Exemplar: Tristano di Robilant’s abstract glass sculptures are made in Murano, Venice, using a complex glassblowing technique; they’re exhibited alongside Justin Adian’s spray-painted foam-and-canvas structures. Prices range from $10,000 to $14,000. Through April 20 at 381 Broadway; http://thenationalexemplar.squarespace.com.

(Katya Kazakina is a reporter for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the reporter of 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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