Off the Wall

An Extreme Painter Lays It Out

Adam Cvijanovic's work will be on display March 7-10, "The Armory Show," Navy Piers 88 and 90, between 48th and 50th streets, and in May at Bellwether, 335 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-387-3701.


Spring fever: Adam Cvijanovic, the John Travolta of the art world
photo: Robin Holland
Spring fever: Adam Cvijanovic, the John Travolta of the art world

Reviews by Kim Levin:

March 7-April 19
Sara Meltzer, 516 West 20th Street, 212-727-9330

With an installation of three video pieces in the front space and photographs in the back, the duo known as Type A show the results of their latest series of performative works, in which the two of them use their bodies in smart, funny, and unpredictable art-related ways. This time it's about earthworks, as well as opposing territories, shared space, and competition.

March 8-May 3
Exit Art, 475 Tenth Avenue, 212-966-7745

Exit Art leaps into a new ring this season: an unrenovated 17,000-square-foot space that stretches the upper edge of the Chelsea scene into Hell's Kitchen and takes Process Art to a new extreme. There will be nothing at the opening except for the artists and their ideas for site-specific works that will evolve from concept to completion over the course of eight weeks. The theme? Reconstruction and renewal, of course.

March 22-May 3
Kent, 67 Prince Street, 212-966-4500

One way or another, her work has long been about particles in collision, the release of energy, and solids that melt into air. Maybe this time she'll wow us with her installation of suspended water, titled Precipitation. It certainly sounds intriguing.

March 22-May 3
Henry Urbach Architecture, 526 West 26th Street, 212-627-0974

"This is his comeback show," says the gallery rep about Mantello, whose last solo show of gaudy accumulations of mass-culture Americana took place in 1996. For the past few years he's been working on Box Rap, a composition of candy boxes, toys, pennants, photographs, packing materials, and other tacky consumer stuff.

March 29-April 26
Feature Inc., 530 West 25th Street, 212-675-7772

A master manipulator who makes wondrous things out of the most unlikely materials (a single aspirin, a bit of dust, a stack of sugar cubes, a few sheets of colored construction paper) takes over the entire gallery space in this show of his latest crafty work.

April 11-June 8
Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves Street, Queens, 718-361-1750

Curated by Aneta Szylak, former director of the Bathhouse in Gdansk, this exhibition should be a major eye-opener. Ever since the '60s, Polish women artists have been chiefly responsible for the most risky, extreme, and advanced art strategies and objects. Some, like Zofia Kulik and Katarzyna Zkozyra, are known internationally.

April 18-May 19
Pierogi 2000, 177 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, 718-599-2144

These early "Drawing Studies," dating from '94 to '98—when Lombardi began to connect the transnational corporate, military, and political conspiratorial dots—are rougher than his later cat's-cradle networks of nefarious revelations, but Pierogi's Joe Amhreim says they're amazing. With a large traveling show of his work coming down the pike, it's his moment. Too bad he's no longer here to see it.

April 19-May 18
Participant Inc., 95 Rivington Street, 917-488-0185

Kim Gordon, yes, the Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, shows a site-specific installation and sculptural paintings with a supposedly overarching but as yet undisclosed theme. If you're thinking supersonic Sunday painter, forget it. She survived art school and worked with Stan Graham before acquiring celebrity in the music world.

April 22-August 3
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, 212-849-8420

The second version of this 21st-century triennial offers a grab bag of bright and not-so-bright ideas by 80 product, graphic, lighting, and fashion designers and firms. What it lacks in cohesion it could make up for in the sheer variety of more than 300 objects, models, photographs, films, and renderings.

April 26-May 24
Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street, 212-255-2923

LaVerdiere, whose role in conceiving the twin towers of light transcended aesthetics and brought him wide recognition, shows three large sculptural works. Among them Imperial Dragster: Napoleon Rebuilt, a half-scale replica of Napoleon's tomb on drag tires, and a piece based on the Penn Station eagle could be equally timely meditations on imperial glory and mortality.

April 26-May24
Friedrich Petzel, 535 West 22nd Street, 680-9467

One of the most interesting of the new French social conceptualists, who was involved in the Annlee project (in which several artists gave life to an alien manga cutie, without a narrative to call her own) now has a show titled "Alien Seasons."

April 26-May 31
Tanya Bonakdar, 521 West 21st Street, 212-414-4144

The Icelandic-born art star shows a revealing workshop-like installation of models, maquettes, and other sketchy sculptural visions of past, present, and future projects. More like an introspective than a retrospective, it's guaranteed to provide insight into where his various projects are coming from and how his mind and eyes work.

April 26-May 24
Postmasters, 459 West 19th Street, 212-727-3323

Some years ago she made love to a motorcycle at the old Gramercy art fair. A few weeks ago at P.S.122, her performance work called "Stable (Stupidity Project Part 10)" involved, among other things, three rottweilers in western outfits. It's anyone's guess what's in store for this show.

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