Friday, November 27, 2020

5 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now in NYC

Cecily Brown’s “The Demon Menagerie” (2019-2020), oil on linen. Cecily Brown and Paula Cooper Gallery
Cecily Brown’s new paintings, Sam Gilliam’s sculptures and monochromes, Gideon Appah’s otherworldly vistas, Tishan Hsu’s first museum survey and works from the Purvis Young trove.I’m only a middling fan of Cecily Brown’s paintings, but she has stuck to her stylistic guns and respect is due. Her current show at Paula Cooper is one of her best — although my favorite remains an exhibition of small oil studies at Maccarone in 2015. Those works felt complete, but completeness is not necessarily a priority for Ms. Brown. Many of the painted scenes in “Blue Boys Blues,” the Ghanaian artist Gideon Appah’s first solo show here, are inspired by his life in Accra, the country’s capital. [More
Gideon Appah’s “Another Place,” from 2020, in the show “Blue Boys Blues.” Gideon Appah and Mitchell-Innes & Nash