By Alexis Soloski
By Molly Grogan
By R. C. Baker
By Christian Viveros-Fauné
By Alexis Soloski
By Alexis Soloski
By Lilly Lampe
If you're looking for some cool art from the other coast, this show skims the cream from the program of L.A.'s François Ghebaly gallery, giving three Angelino artists their first New York outing. Daniel Bayles makes enigmatic paintings of architecture, while Patrick Jackson creates memorable tower-like sculptures of carefully stacked found objects. But pay particular attention to Gina Osterloh, who stages photos in strange artificial environments she constructs out of multicolored paper. Osterloh looks like a star. Kate Werble Gallery, 83 Vandam Street, katewerblegallery.com
Dorothea Tanning: 'Early Designs for the Stage'
April 23–July 23
The full retrospective of late works by ferocious political painter Leon Golub at the Drawing Center's main space is rightly going to draw a lot of attention, but this smaller affair, which opens atthe same time, deserves some love aswell. The famous painter Dorothea Tanning is known for dark, erotically charged surrealism, but this exhibition showcases her imagination at work inthe more genteel world of ballet, making costume sketches for choreographer George Balanchine between 1945 and 1953. The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, drawingcenter.org
Shirazeh Houshiary:'Light Darkness'
April 29–June 19
Iran-born, London-based artist Shirazeh Houshiary has made her name intermingling lyrical abstraction with the Islamic mysticism of Rumi. In practice, what this adds up to are complex, quiet paintings that can be quite expansive but still feel intimate, each one conjuring a diffuse visual mist that's full of subtle variation the deeper you gaze into it. Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 West 26th Street, lehmannmaupin.com
April 30–June 4
Call him the "Chinese invisible man," call him the "human chameleon," call him what you will, but you will not forget the work of Chinese artist Liu Bolin. Liu hit gold with a series of "photo performances" that depict himself standing in various urban settings—in a supermarket, in front of Beijing's famous Bird's Nest stadium—painted head-to-toe to blend nearly seamlessly into the background. The work is massive on the Internet. Eli Klein Fine Art, 462 West Broadway, ekfineart.com
Shepard Fairey: 'May Day'
May 1–May 29
The final Deitch Project has arrived, with dealer Jeffrey Deitch set to leave New York behind for the smoggier climes of L.A. And who can doubt that NYC will be more boring without him? For his final exhibition, he has brought in Shepard Fairey, the street-artist-turned-design-entrepreneur-turned-political-postermaker, a pick that perfectly encapsulates the mix of scrappy street culture, celebrity razzle-dazzle, and pop-culture savvy that has characterized Deitch's long reign. Intriguingly, for the man behind the Obama "HOPE" poster, a press release promises works "bemoaning the U.S. two-party political system," among other things. This opening will be huge. Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, deitch.com
Christoph Draeger: '1st of May'
May 1–June 5
May Day, a/k/a International Workers' Day, is celebrated in most countries around the world except the United States, where it was born as part of the fight for the eight-hour workday. Swiss-born artist Christoph Draeger plans to tease this contradiction with specific reference to today's Great Recession. To this end, he promises an installation, but, more tantalizingly, a series of as-yet-undefined "actions" around the Lower East Side to mark the invisible holiday. Y Gallery, 355A Bowery Street, ygallerynewyork.com