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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Exhibits that are all about the artistic contributions of women, a 150th birthday party (with gilded cake) for Gustav Klimt, web-like installations by an Osaka-born artist and an exhibit that focuses on the singularity of the human face. There's plenty of unusual stuff to see in the city this week. Here's what we're looking at:

Women’s Work at the National Academy Museum This venerable institution on the Upper East Side — part art school, part museum, part professional group — has put together a series of exhibits devoted to the work of women artists. This includes a selection of rare drypoint drawings by Mary Cassatt (a figure known for her tender paintings of women and children), a series of works by women sculptors dating to the earliest days of the 20th century, paintings from May Stevens' creepy-weird “Big Daddy” series, Colleen Browning’s realist works, as well as a trove of recent gifts. It’s a good opportunity to soak up all kinds of lady art. Opens Wednesday, on the Upper East Side.

Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary at the Neue Galerie The museum is celebrating the 150th birthday of the early 20th century Austrian painter who was renowned for his uniquely modern landscapes and luminous, gold-leaf portraits -- not to mention his fondness for caftans (and free love). The exhibit pulls together a number of painted works, including the sparkling likeness of society lady Adele Bloch-Bauer, as well as numerous studies and never-before-seen photographs. To accompany the visual feast, the attached Café Sabarsky will be serving up slices of ‘Klimt Cake,’ dotted with bits of gold leaf. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.

Chiharu Shiota, Other Side, at Haunch of Venison Tangled webs of black thread. Architectural arrangements of old window frames found in East Berlin. Pieces of furniture that seem to tumble down from the sky like a waterfall. This Osaka-born artist is known for creating works that take common objects and transform them into installations that can be as ornate as they are impenetrable. Through June 16, in Chelsea.

Face to Face at Adam Baumgold Gallery. The human face — in all its singularity — has given artists plenty of material to work with since the dawn of art (as that recent show on Renaissance portraiture at the Met would attest). Now the Adam Baumgold Gallery has gathered together an unusual selection of artistic faces with a more pop cultural bent, including pieces by graphic novel stalwart Charles Burns, Chicago imagist Jim Nutt and celebrated portraitist Chuck Close. Should be good eclectic fun. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.

Haunch of Venison in Chelsea is showing installations by Chiharu Shiota, including 'Other Side,' an installation piece made from windows the artist found in East Berlin.
Haunch of Venison in Chelsea is showing installations by Chiharu Shiota, including 'Other Side,' an installation piece made from windows the artist found in East Berlin. ( Photograph by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison )
An installation view of Shiota's work.
An installation view of Shiota's work. ( Photograph by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison )
Shiota is also known for weaving tangled webs entirely out of black thread -- as in this 2012 piece, 'Reflection of the Past.'
Shiota is also known for weaving tangled webs entirely out of black thread -- as in this 2012 piece, 'Reflection of the Past.' ( Photograph by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison )
At the Neue Galerie: a celebration of Gustav Klimt, on the occasion of his 150th birthday. His portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, from 1907, is seen above.
At the Neue Galerie: a celebration of Gustav Klimt, on the occasion of his 150th birthday. His portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, from 1907, is seen above. ( Courtesy of the Neue Galerie )
Klimt is know for his portraits of Austrian society ladies among others. Above: 'The Black Feather Hat,' from 1910.
Klimt is know for his portraits of Austrian society ladies among others. Above: 'The Black Feather Hat,' from 1910. ( Courtesy of the Neue Galerie )
Klimt's overtly sexual allegories weren't always well-received by the government. But he was an accomplished landscape painter, too. This 1916 work shows 'Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee.'
Klimt's overtly sexual allegories weren't always well-received by the government. But he was an accomplished landscape painter, too. This 1916 work shows 'Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee.' ( Courtesy of the Neue Galerie )
Adam Baumgold Gallery is organizing a show of artworks devoted to the human face. Seen here: an untitled piece from 2004 by Chicago imagist Jim Nutt.
Adam Baumgold Gallery is organizing a show of artworks devoted to the human face. Seen here: an untitled piece from 2004 by Chicago imagist Jim Nutt. ( Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery )
The exhibit at Baumgold features work by an array of artists, including graphic novelist Charles Burns. Above, his piece 'Atomic Monster,' from 1991.
The exhibit at Baumgold features work by an array of artists, including graphic novelist Charles Burns. Above, his piece 'Atomic Monster,' from 1991. ( Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery )
From Seth: 'Members, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists,' an illustration from 2011.
From Seth: 'Members, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists,' an illustration from 2011. ( Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery )
Another pair of faces at Baumgold: Bette Blank's 'Castro in a Che Shirt,' from 2007.
Another pair of faces at Baumgold: Bette Blank's 'Castro in a Che Shirt,' from 2007. ( Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery )
The National Academy Museum has a suite of exhibits devoted to women artists, including a show of sculpture. Above: Nancy Grossman's  c. 1991 bronze 'Gunhead.'
The National Academy Museum has a suite of exhibits devoted to women artists, including a show of sculpture. Above: Nancy Grossman's c. 1991 bronze 'Gunhead.' ( National Academy Museum )
Also part of the Academy's sculpture exhibit: this work by Louise Bourgeois -- a 1995 cast of a 1967 work made of bronze.
Also part of the Academy's sculpture exhibit: this work by Louise Bourgeois -- a 1995 cast of a 1967 work made of bronze. ( National Academy Museum )
The show includes a survey of recent gifts to the Academy by women artists. Above, Sarai Sherman's 'Up in the Sky,' from 1969.
The show includes a survey of recent gifts to the Academy by women artists. Above, Sarai Sherman's 'Up in the Sky,' from 1969. ( National Academy Museum )
'Night: WTC Looking East, 2000-1' by Jacqueline Gourevitch is another recent gift.
'Night: WTC Looking East, 2000-1' by Jacqueline Gourevitch is another recent gift. ( National Academy Museum )
Another exhibit at the National Academy will feature rare drypoint drawings by Mary Cassatt, a figure known for her tender paintings of children. Above, 'The Map (or The Lesson),' from 1890.
Another exhibit at the National Academy will feature rare drypoint drawings by Mary Cassatt, a figure known for her tender paintings of children. Above, 'The Map (or The Lesson),' from 1890. ( National Academy Museum )
May Stevens' trippy-grotesque 'Big Daddy' series will also be on view -- including 'Big Daddy Beach Scene,' a painting from 1970.
May Stevens' trippy-grotesque 'Big Daddy' series will also be on view -- including 'Big Daddy Beach Scene,' a painting from 1970. ( National Academy Museum )
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