Colored papers, draperies and packages are some of the unusual subjects explored by realist painter Claudio Bravo in a show spanning the years 1936 to 2011 at Manhattan’s Marlborough Gallery.
A picturesque triptych, consisting of one larger panel between two thinner ones, depicts the three sides of a red-and-beige package sealed with a piece of cord.
Though painted with oil on a flat surface, the detailed “Triptico paquete rojo y blanco” is extremely realistic.
Don’t miss the gallery’s smaller room filled with Bravo’s drawings of animals, including a donkey, two friendly goats, a family of ducks and a rooster with a chicken and egg.
The gallery won’t disclose prices. Through June 8 at 40 W. 57th St. +1-212-541-4948; http://www.marlboroughgallery.com.
Here are a few more gallery stops in midtown Manhattan:
Gitterman Gallery: The first New York solo show of black-and-white photographs by Alma Lavenson (1897-1989) includes rare prints of boats, flowers and buildings. “Self-Portrait” from 1932 depicts the artist’s hands on her camera. Prices are $10,000 to $45,000; some of the works have never before been available for sale. Through June 1 at 41 E. 57th St. +1-212-734-0868; http://www.gittermangallery.com/html/home.asp.
Howard Greenberg Gallery: The year 1963 witnessed civil-rights protests, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the assassination of President Kennedy. These major events are documented by more than 40 photographs in the show “1963.” Prices are $2,200 to $26,000. Through July 6 at 41 E. 57th St.; +1-212-334-0010; http://www.howardgreenberg.com.
Howard Greenberg Gallery Two: Historical works by artists such as William Eggleston, Walker Evans and Robert Frank are shown alongside contemporary images in “Scenes From the South, 1936-2012.” There’s Frank’s well-known baby crawling on a wooden floor next to an imposing jukebox and Eggleston’s “Untitled (Memphis, Green Shower),” one of his most remarkable dye-transfers prints. Prices are $1,200 to $35,000. Through June 1 at 41 E. 57th St.; +1-212-334-0010; http://www.howardgreenberg.com.
Marian Goodman Gallery: New paintings and etchings by Julie Mehretu, inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, are on view in the show “Liminal Squared.” The gallery won’t disclose prices. Through June 22 at 24 W. 57th St. +1-212-977-7160; http://www.mariangoodman.com.
Pace/MacGill Gallery: In the modern prints from his 2012 portfolio “Incidents,” Henry Wessel sets the California scene outdoors and always finds a way to involve the viewer who watches from a car window, the street or a park. The photographs are all $3,300. Through June 15 at 32 E. 57th St. +1-212-759-7999; http://www.pacemacgill.com.
Pace Prints: Last chance to see five works by Helen Frankenthaler from the 2000s on view in a small room adjacent to the show “Recent Editions,” presenting monoprints and editions by contemporary artists. Prices are $2,500 to $70,000; and $15,000 to $125,000 for Frankenthaler. Through May 24 at 32 E. 57th St. +1-212-421-3237; http://www.paceprints.com.
Peter Blum Gallery: John Zurier’s monochromatic paintings from 2012-2013, influenced by travels in Iceland, hang in the gallery’s beautiful new space. Prices are $12,500 to $55,000. Through June 22 at 20 W. 57th St. +1-212-244-6055; http://peterblumgallery.com.
Tibor de Nagy: Jane Freilicher’s show focuses on the artist’s relationship with the New York School poets, such as John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara, for whom she was a muse and friend. Portraits of the poets as well as letters, films and photographs are on view. Prices are $12,000 to $60,000. “Painter Among Poets” runs through June 14 at 724 Fifth Ave. +1-212-262-5050; http://www.tibordenagy.com.
(Lili Rosboch writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are her own.)
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