Basquiat, Zwirner’s New Gallery, Giant Al Held: Hot Art
If you survive New York’s Armory Week, with its 10-plus art fairs, here are a few side trips into Chelsea.
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.; http://www.metropicturesgallery.com.
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.; http://www.gagosian.com.
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.; http://www.cheimread.com.
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.; http://www.jamescohan.com.
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.; http://www.paulkasmingallery.com.
7. West 36th Street: Anthony McCall created magic with video projections and light at Sean Kelly gallery. Through March 23 at 475 Tenth Ave.; http://www.skny.com.
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