By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
May 10-June 23
Mary Boone, 745 Fifth Avenue, 752-2929
Pliable new images by this painter of the plastic fantastic.
May 11-June 16
James Cohan, 41 West 57th Street, 755-7171
This naughty YBA, whose art involves patriarchal (and patricidal) authority issues, solos here. His spookily realistic Dead Dadshrunk to infant-sizewas in "Sensation."
'FRANK O. GEHRY RETROSPECTIVE'
May 17-August 26
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 423-3500
The multinational McGugg, known for great containers and compromised shows, brings an unassailable architect inside for a retrospective. Will his titanium halo silence complaints?
'LEON GOLUB: PAINTINGS 1950-2000'
May 18-August 19
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718-638-5000
Giants, dictators, terrorists, mercenaries, thugs, and sphinxes do dirty deeds in some 35 gruff works exploring excesses of individual and institutional power.
June 2-September 16
New Museum, 538 Broadway, 219-1222
This show tracks the South African artist's animated films, drawings, and performance workswhich meld the personal and the politicalfrom 1989 to the present.