White, large and occasionally cracked, Jeff Koons’s plaster sculptures of Greek gods and heroes crowd David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea. Men in black guard the works.
Titled “Gazing Ball,” Koons’s solo debut at the gallery sent shockwaves through the art world because of the artist’s long-term affiliation with Gagosian gallery. Apparently, he’s spreading the love since the Gagosian has its own Koons show.
Each piece features a reflective blue ball balancing on a limb, a head or a torso. At once mesmerizing and farcical, the globes provide an easy distraction from classical beauty because it’s impossible not to stare into their glossy, mirrored surfaces -- and see your unclassical self.
Prices top at $3 million. The show runs through June 29 at 525 W. 19th St. +1-212-727-2072; http://www.davidzwirner.com.
The Gagosian Koons show, titled “New Paintings and Sculpture,” is a more colorful and familiar affair. There is a happy Incredible Hulk (made with polychromed bronze, resembling stainless steel), and works that combine the imagery of Old Masters with children’s doodles (painted by numerous assistants who leave no trace of the human hand).
One space is occupied by three gigantic, phallic balloon creatures from Koons’s “Celebration” series -- a red monkey, a blue swan and a yellow rabbit.
“Celebration” series pieces have sold for as much as $33.7 million at auction. The show runs through June 29 at 555 West 24th St. +1-212-741-1111; http://www.gagosian.com.
Down the street at 303 Gallery, artist Rodney Graham poses as an aging punk, a scientist and a construction worker on stilts in a series of 10-foot-tall lightbox photographs. Graham’s solo show inaugurates the gallery’s new 8,000-square-foot home underneath the High Line.
Prices range from $250,000 to $650,000. The show runs through June 15 at 507 W.24th St. +1-212-255-1121; http://www.303gallery.com
Matthew Marks gallery is celebrating the 90th birthday of Ellsworth Kelly by showing 14 paintings and two sculptures created in the past two years.
Luminous, orderly and meditative, many of the works are formed by superimposed monochrome canvases, creating three-dimensional reliefs. The 3-panel “Gold With Orange Reliefs” is the first time Kelly has used a metallic color in a painting.
Prices start at $2 million. The show runs through June 29 at 522 and 502 W. 22nd St. and 523 W. 24th St. 212-243-0200; http://www.matthewmarks.com.
At Andrew Kreps, Christian Holstad evokes Hieronymus Bosch’s apocalyptic visions and ghouls.
He uses torn towels, stained Hanes underwear, wool, feathers and diapers. One cheerful monster hovers over a garbage can; Another mimics the pose in Munch’s “The Scream.”
Prices range from $6,000 to $40,000. The show runs through June 22 at 535 W. 22nd St. +1-212-741-8849; http://www.andrewkreps.com.
Mark di Suvero
Mark di Suvero’s steel sculpture “Little Dancer” at Paula Cooper gallery weighs 13,100 pounds and is 19 feet tall. A curvy, spiral shape hangs from one of several intersecting I-beams that form the bulky structure, lending it playful lightness. In the next room, an 8-by-16-foot painting, “Origins,” echoes the spiraling motif with blue swirls cutting through red, orange and yellow.
Prices range from $450,000 to $3 million. The show runs through June 28 at 534 W.21st St. +1-212-255-1105; http://www.paulacoopergallery.com.
Next door, Ugo Rondinone has populated the Gladstone gallery with sculptures made of stacked stones suggestive of the human figure in its most elemental, monolithic form. Displayed on concrete pedestals, they feature cracks, moss and dirt. The smallest rises 20 inches high, the largest is 7 feet tall. Titled “Soul,” the show accompanies Rondinone’s nine massive Stonehenge-like figures outside of Rockefeller Center as part of an exhibition organized by Tishman Speyer Properties LP and the Public Art Fund.
Prices start at $70,000 -- all works have been sold. The show runs through July 3 at 530 W. 21st St. +1-212-206-7606; http://www.gladstonegallery.com.
For “Lover’s Eyes,” Tabitha Vevers’s solo debut at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, the artist sourced imagery from Cranach, El Greco and Picasso. Each of her miniature oil paintings zooms in on the gaze of the subject: male on one wall, female on the opposite wall.
Prices range from $3,200 to $5,500. The show runs through June 29 at 138 Tenth Ave. +1-212-750-0949; http://www.loribooksteinfineart.com.
Muse highlights include Ryan Sutton on dining and James Russell on architecture.