Arts

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Installation view of Peter Halley's Heterotopia II at Greene Naftali Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Peter Halley: Heterotopia II at Greene Naftali (until 20 December) is a wildly intricate fun house-like exhibition that immerses the viewer in a labyrinthine neon sanctum. The artist, who is best known for his bright geometric compositions, has created a space that visitors can traverse, with each room coloured in fluorescent palettes that vibrate with saturated intensity. It feels like walking through one of the artists abstract day-glo paintings. The show is titled after a word coined by the philosopher Michel Foucault in his essay Des Espaces Autres (1984) to be used in opposition to the idea of “utopia”. Whereas a utopia is an unrealised ideal, a heterotopia is a real space that are a disturbance to or contradiction of everyday life. Halleys heterotopia, on the other hand, is a space of decadent exploration.

Rachel Harrison: Life Hack at the Whitney Museum of American Art (until 12 January 2020)—the American artists first major museum survey—traces the development of Harrisons career, with more than 100 works from the 1990s to the present, including installations, sculptures, photographs and drawings. Harrison is best-known for her vibrant sculptures that use salvaged materials and often amusingly mix politics and pop culture. Among the most memorable works and a centerpiece of the exhibition is the humourous anti-monument Alexander the Great (2007), in which a naked mannequin in a star-studded cape and holding a waste bin, stands awkwardly atop an amorphous pedestal.

Space Poetry: The Action Paintings of Michael West at Hollis Taggart (until 21 December) rewrites the maleRead More – Source