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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City : Slideshow

WNYC's Arts Datebook: May 2 - 8, 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photo: Gene Pittman
Nathalie Djurberg's grotesque-weird videos go on view at the New Museum's new ground floor space. A view of the installation 'The Parade,' above.
Courtesy the artists, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York and Giò Marconi, Milan
A still from 'Open Window,' one of Djurberg's videos at the New Museum. Her claymation characters explore the basest aspects of violence and gluttony.
Courtesy the artists, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York and Giò Marconi, Milan
Djurberg produces the pieces with her long-time collaborator Hans Berg (he does the music). Seen here: a still from 'I wasn't made to play the son.'
Collection of Guy-Patrice Dauberville, courtesy of the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris.
At the Jewish Museum, a look at the portraits and blurry domestic scenes of post-Impressionist Edouard Vuillard. His 1905 oil, 'Messieurs and Mesdames Josse and Gaston Bernheim-Jeune,' is seen above.
Collection of Helen Frankenthaler
Vuillard could reduce a scene to a composition of color and lines. Seen here: 'Thadée Natanson at His Desk,' from 1899.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Alex M. Lewyt, 1955, 55.173.
The Vuillard show includes this charming self-portrait of the artist, made when he was 21, in 1889.
© 2012 Taryn Simon. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York
MoMA is displaying part of an intense photographic series by Taryn Simon -- pieces that examine individuals tied to a specific bloodline. Seen here: students from the Ukraine.
© 2012 Taryn Simon. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Also part of Simon's series at MoMA: pictures documenting the family of Joseph Nyamwanda Jura Ondijo in Kenya, a figure considered powerful because he leases his land for a cell phone tower.
Courtesy of the artist and RH Gallery
RH Gallery in Tribeca is opening two new exhibits, including a solo show of pieces by Soledad Arias. Seen above: 'Phonetic Neon [aha],' from 2011.
Courtesy of the artist and RH Gallery
The other exhibit at RH is a collection of text-based works -- including 'Fuck Off (Moleskin) 1' by Ken Nicol.
© The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
The portraiture of Alice Neel goes on view at David Zwirner in Chelsea. A 1973 painting featuring David Sokola is shown above.
© The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Neel had a knack for conveying the personalities of her sitters in a just a few brushstrokes -- as in this painting 'Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian,' from 1978.
© The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Neel stuck to portraiture at a time when many artists were turning to abstraction, pop and conceptualism. Hugh Hurd is seen above, in a portrait from 1964.

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