Friday, October 23, 2020

2 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Tropicos malditos, gozosos e devotos 11” (“Tropics: Damned, Orgasmic and Devoted 11”), from 2020, in cotton, wool and acrylic fiber. Rivane Neuenschwander and Tonya Bonakdar Gallery
When the Museum of Modern Art inaugurated its latest expansion almost exactly a year ago — in another era — Rivane Neuenschwander’s installation “Work of Days” was among the most subtle and serene of the celebratory exhibitions. Inspired by erotic Japanese woodcuts, these works feature piles of garments and entangled, vividly hybrid creatures whose parts are variously human, insect, reptile, plant or imaginary. Blood flows amid scenes of mutual, possibly ritualistic, destruction whose victims are apparently female but whose conflict reflects the state of the world. Through Oct. 24. Tanya Bonakdar, 521 West 21st Street, Manhattan; 212-414-4144, tanyabonakdargallery.com. [More]