Think beyond the snow and the tree in NYC this winter. Consider seeing the performing arts and visual arts as well. The art scene never dies in NYC, and the winter season brings out the best and brightest artists, as well as a few up and coming artists in the area. Don’t spend your days cooped up in your home. Get out and enjoy art. These are the eight art exhibits you won’t want to miss this winter in NYC.

1. A Body in Fukushima


Image by William Johnston /Flickr

Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Devine on Amsterdam Avenue in NYC. The historic, Romanesque cathedral is currently displaying A Body in Fukushima, a collection by photographer Eiko. The work is a collaborative effort between Eiko and renowned historian William Johnston. In it, Eiko dons striking red clothing while being photographed in the inhabitable areas of Fukushima. The exhibit runs through March 2017.

2. A Pen of All Work


Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Let me say,), 2012. Ink and gouache on paper, 45 × 93 in (114.3 × 236.2 cm). Private collection, Los Angeles. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles Image courtesy of New Museum / Raymond Pettibon’s A Pen of All Work

Visit the New Museum to view Raymond Pettibon’s A Pen of All Work. The collection will feature more than 700 works of art, including visual and written texts, which expose what defined and decimated America’s counterculture in the 1970s and 1980s. The collection dates back as far as the 1960s. The exhibit opens on February 8th and runs until April 9, 2017.

3. Black Cowboy

Ellis “Mountain Man” Harris – The Federation of Black Cowboys / Image Courtesy of Huffington Post

The Studio Museum will feature Black Cowboy until March 5th. This collection of photographs allows you to view the iconic time in history when cowboys roamed the West and South. The photos pay homage to the unforgotten black cowboys of those days.  Black Cowboy challenges you to rethink everything you thought you knew about gunslingers and what an American cowboy really is.

4. Young Lady


The Young Lady collection by Bonnie Lucas / Image Courtesy of Timeout

The Young Lady collection by Bonnie Lucas will be at JTT Gallery on the Lower East Side until February 26th. For this exhibition, Bonnie Lucas traveled to Chinatown and collected children’s toys and anything else she could find, and then she morphed them into exquisite pieces of art that are both frightening and playful.

5. Fast Forward

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), LNAPRK, 1982. Acrylic, oil, oil stick, and marker on found paper on canvas and wood, with rope, 72 1/4 × 66 5/16 in. (183.5 × 168.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of June and Paul Schorr in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Whitney Museum of American Art 91.83 © 2016 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York

Visit the Whitney Museum to view paintings from the 1980s in the Fast Forward collection. The collection aims to recognize the less notable artists of the 1980s by giving them a platform to show their work right next to more well-known artists such as Eric Fischl and Basquiat. The exhibit will run until May 14th.

6. Remembering Steve


[Image: Steve Wolfe “Untitled” (Study For Vanguard/Cooks/Sapporo/Durham’s/Campari Cartons) (2003- 2005) Oil, screenprint, lithography, ink transfer and modeling paste on paper, Framed: 21 3/4 x 26 3/16 in.]

Until March 11 you can view Remembering Steve, the exhibit of the iconic bibliographic artist Steve Wolfe, who the art community lost in 2016. Steve was known for creating works of art using replicas of literary classics and records from a post-war America—mainly books from the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit is hosted by Luhring Augustine and is at the Chelsea gallery.

7. Jack Whitten


Quantum Wall, II (Missing Matter), 2016 Acrylic on canvas  121.9 x 243.8 x 7.6 cm / 48 x 96 x 3 in
© Jack Whitten Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Jack Whitten’s work will be on display at Hauser and Wirth New York in Chelsea. The now 70-year-old abstractionist will display his unique paintings that feature dried acrylic chips, spectacularly arranged on the canvas like mosaic tiles. You can view the collection from now until April 8th.

8. Beverly Buchanan – Ruins and Rituals


Beverly Buchanan—Ruins and Rituals, installation view. Image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Jonathan Dorado / 4

Ruins and Rituals, the art exhibit by Beverly Buchanan, will be at the Brooklyn Museum until March 5th. The exhibit is part of the Black Art Project, which aims to make African American art more visible and celebrated throughout the country. The collection is the most complete collection to date of the celebrated explorer and non-conforming artist who recently died in 2015.


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