Before The Armory starts its 4-day run on March 8th, there are a handful of must-see shows that reposition the common pop-cultural point-of-view away from the object and back to the tight relationship that is shared between color and line. The Anastasia Gallery at 166 Orchard Street focuses on photojournalism, a tough subject that raises awareness of how the other half lives around the world. However, the gallery’s current show Metropolis features work by Martin Roemers and presents an array of photographs taken in dense, urban international centers. Roemers blurs the lines of fast-moving traffic to highlight pedestrian life that thrives within cities such as Calcutta, Bombay and Jakarta.
On March 1st Ellen Berkenblit will present a new series of colorfully, decadent paintings at the Anton Kern Gallery. By building up the painted surface with broad brushstrokes and then carving out an atmosphere of depth, using a palette knife, Birkenblit’s work is both nostalgic and other worldly. The Sue Scott Gallery will feature new paintings by Franklin Evans, who became well known in 2009 for his tape-painted room installation. Evans’ handmade pixels of color redefine the experience of paint, transforming the viewer into the artist’s subject.
Josephine Meckseper will present a one-month outdoor sculptural installation titled Manhattan Oil Project at the corner of West 46th Street and 8th Avenue on March 5th. Currently boarded up as a hard-hat construction site, Meckseper will unveil two kinetic sculptures that are inspired by oil rigs pumping in and out of the ground in this small sliver of Manhattan. Situated directly across the street from the swank Paramount Hotel, this piece will play down the hotel’s stoic façade and tune up the reality of development taking place in this corridor of Times Square.
On March 8th Sarah Charlesworth will also present new photographs at the Susan Inglett Gallery. As one of the most influential artists from the Pictures Generation – a movement that also brought Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and James Casebere to broad visibility – Charlesworth’s new work presents dichotomies and illusions that critique presumptive observation. In 2009 the artist took our breath away in the Pictures Generation show at the Metropolitan Museum with a monumental black-and-white grainy shot of a figure falling alongside a tower.
Sarah Sze’s solo show Infinite Line is currently on view at the Asia Society until March 25th. Carey Lovelace, art critic and independent curator, and Holly Block, Director of the Bronx Museum of Art, recently selected Sze as the artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Catch this dynamic show of flat and three-dimensional line before it closes.