By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
By Roy Edroso
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
By Zachary D. Roberts
Hollingsworth loves paint, and in the past has slathered it on, leaving disks of pigments stacked like pancakes, thick brown burrs jutting out an inch from the canvas, and palette-knife gouges deep in the fat surfaces. Such virtuoso technique never marred his chromatic smarts and boisterous compositions; it will be interesting to see how much weight his new work throws around.
April 21June 3
Frederieke Taylor, 535 W 22nd, 646-230-0992
Like a sculptor working in granite, this Taiwanese artist carves his work from large blocks. His material, however, is considerably less durable: One large bearded face is crafted from a stack of 10 Brooklyn phone books, leaving striations where the covers join; veins of light and dark are determined by the areas of text and white space. Chen's forms retain a veneer of solidity while conveying an existential transience.
'Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's Amanda Lear'
April 21June 3
Envoy Gallery, 535 W 22nd, 212-242-7524
Lover to Bryan Jones and David Bowie, a Salvador Dalí muse and stunning lookerthough her guttural voice incited rumors that she was a transsexual, which didn't halt her rise to disco divadomAmanda Lear had quite a time of it this past century. Now pushing 60, her own artwork, plus the work of nine others inspired by her exploits, continues the legend.
After a wartime stint with the Army Corps of Engineers, Mullican (19191998) used the patterning he'd seen in aerial photos and topographical maps as inspiration for his small (as compared to typical abstract paintings of the '50s) canvases. His decorative, densely crosshatched, and carefully applied brushstrokes convey both the charm of a vibrant tiki bar menu and the breadth of a complicated, rolling landscape.
April 27May 27 Mixed Greens, 531 W 26th, 212-331-8889
Temple paints trompe l'oeil shadows of plants and window frames, sometimes trailing down to the floor, on both interior and exterior walls, causing viewers to hold their hands in front of the work in an attempt to determine the light source. This upcoming show features a complex shadow cast in a windowless room, a moment in time frozen in place.
Marco Boggio Sella
May 13June 17
625 W 27th, 212-337-9563
In 2004, this Italian-born artist, who splits his time between Turin and Brooklyn, reimagined Matisse's L'Atelier Rouge as an environment of rough-hewn red walls, ceilings, and floors, festooned with equally rough sculpture, furniture, easels, and brightly colored paintings whose subjects ranged from 19th-century etchings to '70s comic-book panels. His upcoming show "Dreams and Nightmares of the African Astronaut" is a collaboration with artists in Africa, some of whom are skeptical that men ever walked on the moon.
May 18June 24
Margaret Thatcher, 511 W 25th, 212-675-0222
We all know what happens to horses that get carted off to the glue factory. Well, like a chicken omelet, Powers takes horse hair and places itsometimes in straight lines, like a Barnett Newman "zip," other times in overlapping curvesbetween layers of poured Elmer's glue. The hair (or sometimes pencil lines) applied in the earlier layers gets blurrier beneath successive applications of the glue, lending the work an atmosphere reminiscent of bugs trapped in prehistoric amber.
May 18June 24
Morgan Lehman Gallery, 317 Tenth Ave, 212-268-6699
Taking the Latin inscription "Omnia tibi felicia" ("May all things bring you happiness") as inspiration, Salvest makes art from humble materials: wine corks, rubber bands, stubby chalk remnants, and chewing gum. For this show, the gallery's courtyard will be filled with 247 red, white, and blue milk crates stacked in the shape of Old Glory. In the past, Salvest has spread plastic lids on the floor in the shape of a map of the U.S., so expect him to use all available surfaces for his clever aesthetics of detritus.
'Sweet Taboos: A Mini Tirana Biennial in NYC'
May 24July 1
Apexart, 291 Church, 212-431-5270
Albania was once one of the Communist bloc's most repressive and backward members. After Communism collapsed across Eastern Europe, artists got some sense of what they'd been missing in the West. Last year's third incarnation of Tirana's Biennial allowed international artists to work on sites throughout that city for extended periods of time; a sampling of the results exploring "the taboos of contemporary societywhat are they, what do they mean, how do they apply to the Albanian context, and how does one deal with them artistically"is crossing the ocean for the edification of us jaded New Yorkers.