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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

WNYC's Arts Datebook: April 25 - May 1, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:00 AM

The U.S. as seen by Chinese and Chinese-American photographers, the late work of pop forebear Larry Rivers, an East Village gallery space from the '80s gets its own show at Winkleman and Spanish-born artist Carlos Vega shows his lacy lead pieces at Jack Shainman. Here's what we're looking at this week:

America through a Chinese Lens at the Museum of Chinese in America A new exhibition brings together photography by a wide gamut of Chinese and Chinese-American artists reflecting on what it means to live and work in the United States — from staged images to vacation snapshots to chronicles of contemporary life. The show features images dating back more than half a century. Opens Thursday, in SoHo.

Larry Rivers: Later Works at Tibor de Nagy Gallery A musician and close associate of the Abstract Expressionists, as well as one of the forebears of pop, Rivers spent much of his career ducking art world orthodoxy. In one of his most well-known works, from 1953, he created a somewhat impressionistic image of Washington crossing the Delaware — a subject and style that fell well outside of the purely abstract focus of the day (and inspired a poem by Frank O'Hara, his sometime lover). Now the Tibor de Nagy is putting together a show of his later works. Though not necessarily his best, they nonetheless show the artist tangling with themes related to Impressionism, the Holocaust and Portraiture, at a time when everyone was getting all neo-expressionist and heady post-modern. Opens Thursday, at 5 p.m.

Loughelton Revisited at Winkleman Gallery Speaking of heady post-modernism: anyone who is interested in taking a trip back in time to the New York of the 1980s should make for Winkleman this week. Artist and former gallerist Barbara Brougel is putting together a show about Loughelton Gallery, a small East Village art space that once brought together the likes of now well-known figures such as John Baldessari, Polly Apfelbaum and Chris Burden. The exhibit will include original works once displayed at the space. Opens Friday, at 6 p.m.

Carlos Vega, Tearing and Lifting, at Jack Shainman Gallery This is the latest solo outing by Vega, a Spanish artist who divides his time between New York and Grenada. On view will be his latest works, which channel a dark, fabulist vibe: lead panels laced with cut-outs and collaged images also depict an array of people, animals and organic forms. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.

And because too much Cindy Sherman seems to never be enough: You’ve seen the MoMA retrospective, now pick up the merch. Metro Pictures in Chelsea is displaying Sherman’s latest starting this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Wear your best wig.

Courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
At Tibor de Nagy in Midtown, the late work of painter Larry Rivers will go on view. Seen here: 'Art and the Artist: Jean Hélion and the Dummies,' from 1992.
Courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
Rivers spent his final years exploring a variety of subjects, from Impressionism to the Holocaust. The latter is depicted in the ironically titled 'Four Seasons: Fall in the Forest of Birkenau.'
Courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
He also spent a lot of time studying the work of early 20th-century figures like Matisse -- such as in this 1993 oil painting 'Art and the Artist: Matisse’s La Danse ‘Energy.''
Courtesy of the artist and Winkleman Gallery
At Winkleman Gallery, a trip back in time to the '80s, when the East Village was the cutting edge of the gallery scene. An installation view at Loughelton, from 1987, is seen above.
Courtesy of the artist and Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York.
Also part of the show at Winkleman: one of Barbara Bloom's 'Fake Travel Posters,' from 1981.
Courtesy of the artist and Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Newer pieces are integrated with works from the '80s in the Loughelton show at Winkleman, such as Annette Lemieux's 'Platforms,' from 2004.
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Jack Shainman Gallery will be showing the latest by Spain-born artist Carlos Vega, whose 2012 work 'Not Loud Enough,' is seen here.
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Vega's works are crafted from lead panels, often laced with cuts and dotted with collages and stamps. Seen here: 'I Thought of That,' also from this year.
Courtesy of the artist
'America Through a Chinese Lens' bring together photography by Chinese and Chinese-American artists living and working in the U.S. Chien-An Yuan's 'Untitled Film Still #12' is a nod to Cindy Sherman.
Courtesy of the artist
Another image from the 'Chinese Lens' show at MOCA: Wing Young Huie's 'Death Valley, California,' from 2001.
Courtesy of the artist
'Untitled (Styrofoam),' 2008, by Ka-Man Tse -- also at MoCA.

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Carolina A. Miranda is a regular contributor to WNYC and blogs about the arts for the station as "Gallerina." In addition to that, she contributes articles on culture, travel and the arts to a variety of national and regional media, including Time, ArtNews, Travel + Leisure and Budget Travel and Florida Travel + Life. She has reported on the burgeoning industry of skatepark design, architectural pedagogy in Southern California, the presence of street art in museums and Lima's burgeoning food scene, among many other subjects. In 2008, she was named one of eight fellows in the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program for her arts and architecture blog C-Monster.net, which has received mentions in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In January of 2010, the Times named her one of nine people to follow on Twitter. Got a tip? E-mail her at c [@] c-monster [dot] net

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