7 Museum and Gallery Exhibitions We’re Excited About in 2019

7 Museum and Gallery Exhibitions We’re Excited About in 2019

There is never a shortage of art to see in New York City — the challenge is finding the time to see it all. Here are seven shows that we’re not going to miss in the early part of 2019.

Brenda Goodman: In a Lighter Place
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Jan. 24-Feb. 23
Sikkema Jenkins presents a solo from the painter and sculptor Brenda Goodman, whose works range from the figurative to the abstract. The artist’s series of self-portraits, which she created from 1994 to 2011, gained attention and acclaim for their stark, haunting imagery of a woman in various poses shown naked, aging, overweight, alone. Her forthcoming solo show is titled “In a Lighter Place.”

Brenda Goodman’s “Dunk,” 2018. © Brenda Goodman. Image courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold
The Met Breuer and The Met Fifth Avenue
Jan. 23-April 14
The Italian-Argentine sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) gets his first major U.S. museum survey in more than 40 years at The Met Breuer and The Met Fifth Avenue. The founder of Spatialism, Fontana is best known for his Cut paintings — monochrome canvases that he would slash or cut into — which are closely associated with the postwar era. This exhibition will also look at the artist’s work as a sculptor, with examples of ceramic pieces and environments.

Lucio Fontana’s “Spatial Concept, Expectations,” 1959; © 2018 Fondazione Lucio Fontana/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome.

Emil Lukas
Sperone Westwater
Jan. 9-Feb. 23
Sperone Westwater, an architectural delight on the Bowery, offers an exhibition of new work by Emil Lukas, the American artist’s fourth solo at the gallery. The show features Lukas’s stacks, thread paintings, bubble wrap paintings and larvae paintings, and shines a light on his preoccupation with process, perspective and layering.

Emil Lukas’s “the holding of the tone,” 2018.

Nari Ward: We the People
The New Museum
Feb. 13-May 26
The work of Jamaican-born, Harlem-based artist Nari Ward will be featured in a survey at the New Museum, highlighting his 25-year career. Some 30 sculptures, videos, paintings and large-scale installations made from repurposed and found objects will be on display, offering an in-depth look at the artist’s practice and his relationship with his adopted neighborhood.

Nari Wood’s “Crusader,” 2005. Collection Brooklyn Museum. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Farley Aguilar
Lyles & King
Jan. 18-Feb. 24
Lower East Side gallery Lyles & King presents a solo show of work by Miami-based artist Farley Aguilar, the self-taught Nicaraguan-born painter and art-world darling whose sharp, eerie works are based on found vintage photographs.

Farley Aguilar’s “Sewing Circle,” 2013.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
The Brooklyn Museum
Feb. 8-May 12
The Brooklyn Museum’s forthcoming show “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” presents a number of the artist’s personal items (clothing, jewelry, cosmetics) alongside such paintings as “Self-Portrait With Necklace” (1933), “Self Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego on My Mind)” (1943), “Self Portrait with Braid” (1941) and many others. The show marks the first time in 10 years that such a large collection of the artist’s work is being presented in the United States.

Exhibition view, “Appearances Can Be Deceiving” at the Frida Kahlo Museum, 2012. Photo by Miguel Tovar.

Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism
The Rubin Museum of Art
Feb. 1-July 15
The Rubin Museum kicks off its year-long examination of systems of power and the power that exists within all individuals with an exhibition titled “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism.” The show focuses on the role Tibetan Buddhism played in politics in Asian empires from the 7th century to the early 20th century, contradicting common misperceptions that it was a passive practice throughout history. More than 60 pieces of artwork will be on view, including a four-and-a-half-foot-tall, 680-pound gilt-bronze bodhisattva from the early 15th-century Ming court and a 19th-century eight-foot wide Mongolian piece made with pigments on cotton and representing of the final battle against the heretics.

The Kingdom of Shambhala and Final Battle; Mongolia; 19th century; pigments on cotton; Musée des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet, Paris, France; Photograph by Thierry Ollivier © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY.


Top Image: Nari Ward's "We the People," 2011. Shoelaces, 96 x 324 in. In collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Collection Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Gift of the Speed Contemporary, 2016.1. © The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY