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Vixens for $190,000, Phallic Owl, Dazzling Grid: Hot Art

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Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Warm up for Halloween with the zombie-like vixens in Ashley Bickerton’s new show “Mitochondrial Eve/Viral Mother” at Lehmann Maupin Gallery’s Lower East Side outpost. They sport bulging eyes and cigarette necklaces.

The faces appear on perforated wooden or resin surfaces, festooned with thick blobs of paint, flowers, beads, seashells, rotting pieces of food, butterflies and insects.

Bickerton, who’s been living in Bali since 1993, started this group by making clay models that also became the basis for his first sculptures, which are getting their New York debut. Cast in metal and fiberglass, the large silvery busts are mostly monochromatic except for crazy makeup and an occasional feather.

Prices are $60,000 to $190,000. Through Oct. 26 at Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie St.; +1-212-254-0054; http://www.lehmannmaupin.com.

Caetano de Almeida

Eleven Rivington has mounted a two-venue exhibition by Brazilian artist Caetano de Almeida, who weaves threads of color to create dazzling grids.

The repetitive patterns are opened up by white circular cutouts that push the colorful strings apart, creating new, unexpected rhythm in the composition.

In the largest painting a maze of thin lines makes the New York subway system look like a kindergarten project. Some of the lines penetrate the white circles, turning them into crosshatched suns floating amid euphoric chaos.

Prices are $30,000 to $60,000. Through Oct. 13 at 195 Chrystie St. and 11 Rivington St.; +1-212-982-1930; http://www.elevenrivington.com.

Carl D’Alvia

Strange creatures populate “Cyclops,” sculptor Carl D’Alvia’s show at Mulherin & Pollard gallery. They combine the classical, the cartoonish and the erotic.

D’Alvia turns hard materials into meticulously carved objects that appear shaggy, leafy or slurpy.

A bronze titled “Happyday” depicts a monkey blowing its brains out. In “Lump,” ceramic spaghetti has been tamed into a cube shape. In “Swannabee (Space Bird),” a phallic shape protrudes from a smooth, curved marble mass.

Prices are $1,500 to $16,000. Through Sept. 29 at 187 Chrystie St.; +1-212-967-0045; http://mulherinpollard.com.

John Houck

The experimental gallery On Stellar Rays has moved to a second-floor space around the corner from the New Museum.

It’s featuring a solo exhibition of photo collages by John Houck called “A History of Graph Paper.”

Each work has an intriguing sense of space, at once shallow and deep. Within a single image, the same objects -- stamps, cardboard boxes, pencils, sheets of paper -- appear flattened out and in relief.

Prices are $4,000 to $6,000. Through Oct. 27 at 1 Rivington St.; +1-212-598-3012; http://onstellarrays.com.

Artsy Sukkah

Head uptown to the East 20s to experience one of the more fleeting and unusual art projects in the city. Artists Danielle Durchslag and Ryan Frank invited eight friends to create an emerging-art sukkah.

“Assembly Required: A Sukkah Salon” is a temporary, kosher structure, built with 10 artworks on Durchslag’s balcony. Compact and open to the elements (and with an unobstructed view of the Empire State Building), its canopy of branches and leaves was crafted by Ian Trask. The walls are made with 8-foot-tall panels, each an artwork.

Frank’s cut-up plastic curtain, originally imprinted with an image of a green country road, turned into an abstraction after the weekend’s downpour. The setting sunlight transformed Durchslag’s family sukkah decoration into a glowing, mandala-like installation.

The show is open by appointment through Sept. 30. To schedule a visit, e-mail sukkahsalon@gmail.com.

Muse highlights include Jason Harper on cars, Rich Jaroslovsky on technology, Lance Esplund on art.

To contact the reporters 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.