Art Rx

The doctor just called — ok, she texted — and she told us to tell you that your gallery blood cell count is waaaay down. She has prescribed an immediate injection of more galleries than you think you can handle. No lectures this week. Nope, not even screenings. It’s art on walls, on floors, on monitors, on anything really.

From Bushwick to Chelsea, from the Upper to Lower East Side, we have a list of shows you need to see. Now get to it.

Jade Townsend, "Leviathan" (2012) (via

 Cancelled: Alternative Manifestations and Productive Failures

When: Opened Wednesday, April 18
Where: The Center for Book Arts (
28 West 27th Street, Chealsea, Manhattan )

There’s always drama surrounding censorship of art. This newly opened show at The Center for Book Arts highlights exhibitions that have been cancelled or otherwise prohibited that now exist as publications or other formats, such as (duh) the book. The point is that despite the politics inherent to the presentation and creation of art, these curators and artists found an alternative, wide-reaching methods to get their voices heard. This show will feature publications, works and documentation by Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince, Exit Art, Guerrilla Girls, Hans Haacke, Jo Baer, Temporary Services and Greg Allen among others. —RB

 Guns and the Specific Object

When: Thursday, April 19, 6pm–8pm
Where: Frosch & Portmann (53 Stanton Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Swiss gallery Frosch & Portmann will be opening a new exhibition of Portland-based artist Eva Lake. Judd Women Targets will feature collage work that combines images of Donald Judd’s iconic work with shooting range targets and vintage glamour imagery. Frosch & Portmann is a great Lower East Side gallery with a great sensitivity for contemporary art and consistently strong shows. —DE

 Lush Geometry

When: Opening Friday, April 20, 6–8pm
Where: DM Contemporary (
39 East 29th Street, Gramercy, Manhattan )

Featuring abstract painting by Steven Baris, Richard Bottwin, Carole Freysz Gutierrez, Joanne Mattera and Louise Sloane, this show will probably be a lush oasis of color and form. What a great grouping of artists.

 WTF is Post Acid?

When: Opening Friday, April 20, 6–9pm
Where: Small Black Door (
19-20 Palmetto Street, Ridgewood, Queens)

This show sounds like it’s some form of post-druggie drug exhibition. Expect augmented reality, prepare for psychedelia, pray for free samples and hope that there’s no hangover the next day. My biggest complaint with this venue is that it’s never open, so make sure to get to the opening party or else you may show up on a weekend (it’s not open weekdays) to find the door locked and no one around.

 Aren’t Sketchbooks Just Visual Diaries?

When: Opening Saturday, April 21, 6–10pm
Where: Sardine gallery (
286 Stanhope Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Curated by Julian Calero, this sketchbook show features the work of Monica Cook, Rob de Oude, Sam Martineau, Gary Murphy, Alexandra Rubinstein, Robin Scheines, Adam Taye and Andrew Zarou. I love scrappy art spaces, I love art, I love reading people’s diaries and I love intimate art viewing experiences … all of which makes me think that I will love this sketchbook show.

 From His Mind to Yours

When: Opening Sunday, April 22, 6pm–8pm
Where: Lesley Heller Workspace (54 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
I’m not sure how Jade Townsend’s mind works but it’s a marvelous thing to behold. His imagery is steeped in a form of 19th C. fantasia that includes a strong spirit of invention, but there is also a gruesomeness here that makes his objects emotionally charged and abstract. Make sure if you’re anywhere near this show you check it out.

 Old Treasures, New Technology

When: Closing Sunday, April 22
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

While we await the dawn of 3D printing, why not look back at the technological leaps that came before? The Met’s exhibition of Victorian-era electrotypes capture a period when the power and promise of electricity was most galvanizing. In the 21st century, our projections for the digital world are probably even more radical in scope. Here’s a chance to indulge today’s prevailing techno-fetishism in retro form. BONUS: An awesome video by the Met. —RC

 The Affordable Art Fair

When: Closing Sunday, April 22
Where: 7 West 34th Street (7 West 34th Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

If you’re tired of attending art fairs in New York and falling victim to sticker shock, the spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair might be worth your while. All work on display is modestly priced (by art world standards) from $100 to $10,000, and nearly half of the show is under $5,000, which means you might find something to hang in your living room without breaking the bank.  —RC

 Last Chance for the Triennial

When: Closing Sunday, April 22
Where: The New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

This is your last chance to check out the generally well regarded (at least when compared to a certain other big museum survey exhibition currently on view) New Museum Triennial The Ungovernables. With more than a few showstoppers like the colossal “A Person Loved Me” by Adrián Villar Rojas, this year’s Triennial is by all measures a worthwhile trip — catch it while you still can!  —DE

 Fractured and Reconstructed Identity

When: Closing reception, Tuesday, April 26, 6pm–8pm
Where: Gallery Bergen (400 Paramus Road, West Hall, 3rd floor, Paramus, New Jersey)

This Sunday marks the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which annihilated roughly three quarters of the Armenian population of modern day Turkey. It seems like a fitting time to visit the art gallery at the Bergen Community College in New Jersey, which is featuring a large show of almost two dozen artists of Armenian descent both from Armenia and the diaspora. The topic is Westernization of Armenian art but there is a strong emphasis on abstraction and Armenian-American work. One of the notable artists on display is Arevik Arevshatian, who is Armenia’s foremost feminist artist.

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With listings by Rhoni Blankenhorn, Robert Cicetti and Don Edler.

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