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Art Gems of NYC: Three exhibitions worth pulling up to in February

If you’re looking for plans this weekend, consider checking out a few new art exhibitions. We’ve put together a list of art shows that have recently opened, are worth spending the afternoon learning about, and snapping some nice pics along the way.

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of these artists, or aren’t familiar with art in general. The point of visiting galleries is to observe, and learn! Be sure to pick up a press release at the front desk to read more in-depth about all the exhibitions.

1. Kasmin Gallery

First stop is Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea for two amazing shows. “Les Lalanne” includes over 30 works by world rebound French sculptors Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne and “Polaroid Portraits” includes dozens of Polaroids taken by Andy Warhol himself.

These shows are at two separate locations. Les Lalanne is located at 509 West 27th Street, and Warhol is at 297 10th Ave.


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Reviewed by @archdigest, the exhibition “Les Lalanne”, designed by Louis Benech, is ongoing at our new 509 West 27th street space through March 2, 2019. @carly_olson describes the exhibition, “Regardless of one’s understanding of the art and design worlds, it’s not hard to appreciate—or, at least, enjoy—the Lalannes’ work. “Everything is very playful and whimsical yet serves a purpose—and it’s made to be used,” says Dicconson, who is the leading director of the Lalanne exhibition. “So everything is made very very well and has stood the test of time.” Inspired by flora and fauna, the objects have no shortage of personality. This exhibition marks another exciting leap of sorts for the relationship between Kasmin and the Lalannes. Paul Kasmin himself was one of the first to show the Lalannes’ work in the United States—and has shown them many times since—and now, 30 years after Kasmin’s opening, this exhibition is staged in the gallery’s newest space on 27th Street in Manhattan, which opened last fall.” • #LesLalanne #ClaudeLalanne #FrancoisXavierLalanne #ArchitecturalDigest #Sculpture #Kasmin509 • Image: Installation view of Les Lalanne at Kasmin Gallery. January 24 – March 9, 2019. Photography by Christopher Stach. Les Lalanne © 2019 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY/ADAGP, Paris, France.

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Upon entering the 509 West 27th space you’ll be blown away by the beautiful high ceiling and white walls. From the entrance, the show is laid out in a way that almost resembles a sculpture garden.

The focal point of the show is the larger than life mirror, which will draw you in for the perfect selfie moment. After snapping that pic for Instagram be sure to look for the small details in all the sculptures and furniture. This show is on view until March 9th.

Right down the block at 297 tenth ave is where you will find what might be the most exciting collection of Polaroids taken by Andy Warhol himself. Starting in the early 1960s, Andy carried around a personal polaroid camera, and in his day to day activities captured moments of some of the world’s most recognizable names, including Liza Minnelli and Muhammad Ali.

You’ll even get a chance to see some of his own selfies. This show is on view until Mar. 2.


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Channeling that WARHOL energy 💫👨🏼

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2. James Cohan Gallery

Our next stop is just a block down the street at James Cohen Gallery, located at 533 West 26th Street and 291 Grand Street.

Their current show “Borders” is a group exhibition made up of artists from all corners of the world. When visiting the James Cohan Gallery, the first thing you will immediately notice is Jorge Méndez Blake’s brick wall titled “Amerika”.

Behind the wall hangs Dread Scott’s screen print that states in giant bold letters “Imagine a World Without America”

This show comes at the perfect time since Trump has recently declared our nation in a “state of emergency” with the reason being that humans are crossing the border into the U.S. Take a few minutes to let that sink in while you explore this exhibition. The show is on view until Feb. 23.


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Dread Scott uses the visual tropes of cartography to question boundaries by proposing alternative geographies. His 2007 work, Imagine a World Without America, calls upon the viewer to participate in the titular thought experiment and contemplate that absence. The painting de-centers the United States of America from the middle of the map that most Americans are familiar with. Scott utilizes the language of cartography to encourage the exploration of social questions, not geography. Land mass and sea are depicted but—like the world as it actually is—borders don’t exist. . . 📷: Dread Scott, “Imagine a World Without America,” 2007, screen print and acrylic on canvas. . . . . . #dreadscott #borders #maps #jamescohan #jamescohangallery #contemporaryart #groupexhibition

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3. Phillips Auction House

Our next stop will take you to midtown, to check out the “American African American” show on view at Phillips Auction House, located at 450 Park Ave.

For anyone who may not know what an auction house is, it’s where people go to sell their artworks, and believe it or not the doors are always open to the public for viewing these works.

This show is equally exciting, and important because it showcases over 60 works created by some of the most significant and legendary black artists.


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Premiering at our New York headquarters: AMERICAN AFRICAN AMERICAN. Curated by Phillips’ Senior Advisor and Director Emeritus of the @brooklynmuseum, Arnold Lehman, #AmericanAfricanAmerican brings together more than sixty works from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kehinde Wiley to Adam Pendleton and Awol Erizku. Looking towards the increasingly powerful cadre of American artists who happen to be black, as well as those who have looked deeply into their blackness as a source of inspiration, the exhibition inclusively explores the dynamic reshuffling of the American art world from the 1950s to the present. Experience the exhibition through 8 February at 450 Park Avenue in New York. Learn more on

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This show will be on view until Feb. 8, so make sure you find time to stop in before then!