Lock And Load

Art's Bad Boys Mark Their Targets


TAKASHI MURAKAMI
March 16-April 14

Marianne Boesky, 535 West 22nd Street, 941-9888

Paul McCarthy's Sauce Box splatters onto the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
photo courtesy of New Museum of Contemporary Art
Paul McCarthy's Sauce Box splatters onto the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Influenced by manga, anime, and traditional Japanese art, the Japanese art star shows paintings of computer-generated fungal and floral images. He calls the show "Mushroom." And at Grand Central Station, he has an installation in Vanderbilt Hall.


MARIA MARSHALL
March 17-April 14

Team, 527 West 26th Street, 279-9219

This London artist, who made an impression here with utterly simple and nearly hallucinatory video works involving her children, is back with new video projections.


'BITSTREAMS'
March 22-June 10

Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, 570-3676

This survey of digitalia hooks up some 30 visual artists and 15 sound artists who work in visceral and expressive ways with computers, digital cameras, video recorders, projectors, sound mixers, software, and the Internet. Paul Pfeiffer, Diana Thater, and Jeremy Blake are among them.


'MARCEL DUCHAMP ON DISPLAY: OPTICS, EXHIBITION INSTALLATIONS, MUSEUMS'
March 22-April 28

Zabriskie, 41 East 57th Street, 752-1223

The grand master's optical contraptions, sketches, photos, and more make a case for his concern not only with perception and illusion but with presentation and display.


FREDERIC BRULY-BOUABRE
March 23-April 21

Brent Sikkema, 530 West 22nd Street, 929-2262

More small drawings and groups of drawings by this Ivory Coast artist.


WILLIAM BLAKE
March 29-June 24

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, 879-5500

More than 175 exalted images by the radical visionary artist-poet are explored within the social, political, and religious context of his time.


STEVEN PIPPIN
March 30-April 28

Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 436 West 15th Street, 627-5258

Last spotted riding a horse through a laundromat, this English artist is known for using toilets and washing machines as cameras. It's anyone's guess what he'll do next.


HALUK AKAKÇE
March 31-April 28

Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street, 343-7300

The heralded young Turkish artist fuses painting, architecture, computer graphics, and video in "Complete/ Incomplete," an installation. Think of it as a walk-in painting.


SHERRIE LEVINE
March 31-April 28

Paula Cooper, 534 West 21st Street, 255-1105

Something old, something new.


'SALON'
March 31-May 19

Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 226-3970

Louise Bourgeois, who has hosted a Sunday salon in her home for more than 30 years, acts as curator, presenting emerging artists along with film footage of the salon discussions. Let's hope its half as fresh and fierce as her own work.


'SELF-MADE MEN: MALE SELF PORTRAITS'
April 4-May 5

DC Moore, 724 Fifth Avenue, 247-2111

Chuck Close, Philip Pearlstein, Peter Saul, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and a bunch of (hopefully) younger guys look in the mirror and face up to the male ego.


ROXY PAINE
April 5-May 5

James Cohan, 41 West 57th Street, 755-7171

New work by an artist whose precise installations of fungoid life forms and gloppy machine-made sculpture question parasitic modes of creation and replication.


BRETT COOK-DIZNEY
April 6-May 12

P.P.O.W., 476 Broome Street, 941-8642

In his first solo show of streetwise portraits surrounded by accumulations of significant objects, this African American artist documents his own past.


WILLIE COLE
April 12-September 9

Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 718-681-6000

Four gamelike installations refer to chance, fate, and African American culture. Two of them are new.


CADENCE GIERSBACH
April 13-May 7

Roebling Hall, 390 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-599-5352

Large hybrid garden paintings on vinyl, installed on an environmental wall painting.


SEAN LANDERS
April 13-May 19

Andrea Rosen, 525 West 24th Street, 627-6000

The diaristic artist shows big new paintings inspired by Picasso, probably without his signature loudmouth texts: This time he's trying to keep his thoughts to himself.


DAVID BYRNE
April 18-May 19

Apex Art, 291 Church Street, 431-5270

Acting as curator (and maybe artist, too), the music man plans a show of images from the daily papers, titled "Gesture, Posture and Bad Attitude in Contemporary News Photography."


TIM GARDNER
April 19-May 26

303 Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, 255-1121

The artist whose suburban backyard watercolors caused a stir last year returns with new work.


'PERFORMANCE DRAWINGS'
April 19-July 28

The Drawing Center's Drawing Room, 40 Wooster Street, 219-2166

Milan Grygar, Alison Knowles, Erwin Wurm, Christopher Taggert, and Elena del Rivero take turns in a series of solo shows exploring the intersection of drawing, installation, and performative gesture.


BARBARA BLOOM
April 21-May 19

Gorney Bravin + Lee, 534 West 26th Street, 352-8372

Her latest work juggles aspects of balance, fragility, and grace under pressure—as well as champagne glasses and broken (and mended) ceramics in boxes.


'FREESTYLE'
April 26-June 24

Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 864-4500

Cutting-edge art of all sorts by some 30 young artists of African descent.


JOHN BOCK
April 27-June 2

Anton Kern, 558 Broadway, 965-1706

The unpredictable and provocative Bock, whose wearable work was last seen on the escalators at MOMA, does a nomadic performance somewhere outside the gallery.


'BETWEEN STREET AND MIRROR: THE DRAWINGS OF JAMES ENSOR'
April 27-July 21

Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, 219-2166

With 100 works dating from 1880 to 1895, this artist's carnivalesque revelers may well prove that he was an early explorer of the society of the spectacle.


BRAD KAHLHAMER
May 4-June 2

Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, 941-9475

New paintings by Kahlhamer, whose last show delved into the paradoxes of fleet-footed painterliness, new music, and Native American heritage.


GLENN LIGON
May 5-June 9

D'Amelio Terras, 525 West 22nd Street, 352-9460

In his first gallery show here since 1995, the intrepid explorer of identity issues makes use of black pride coloring books from the '70s. Expect color and figuration.

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