Must-See April Art Exhibits in NYC

Must-See April Art Exhibits in NYC

Sun shining and Spring vibes around us, it's time to get ourselves back out there and exploring the city we live in. Starting this April, art exhibits in NYC will be booming with exciting new pieces by artists all around. From multimedia works with conceptual imagery to abstract paintings and ultra rendered illustrations, the art scene this coming season is sure to give us the energetic art-dose we needed after spending all winter in isolated hibernation. Check out the top five shows we're looking forward to seeing this April and send us your thoughts!

Ellen Chuse, "Theme and Variations"

Ellen Chuse, "Oaxaca Morning"

Ellen Chuse, "Oaxaca Morning"

This April 1st, the Brooklyn 440 Gallery will be holding a reception for artist Ellen Chuse in honor of her latest collection of works in show until April 30th. The artist's first solo exhibition, this collection of ultra colorful works speak of the contrast between nature and the abstract world. In Oaxaca Morning, Chuse paints the cool blues of the early morning along with the warm reds of the Mexican afternoon. A plant form is placed within a flat monochrome space and light seems to come from an unknown source, possibly the eyes of the viewer. 

“Nature contains a life force and vitality that captivates me: the energy of trees simultaneously reaching and rooting; the strength and determination of leaves and plants as they reach for light and air; the ocean’s plant life as it bends and floats with the tides. The shapes and edges that define these forms and the spaces in between have been my muse on and off for years.” - Ellen Chuse. 

The Great American Gallery "Bathing Beauties"

"You're Really Forgetful Darling, That's the Third Time You've Covered Me with Suntan Lotion" 1966,  watercolor on board,  26 x 16.75"

"You're Really Forgetful Darling, That's the Third Time You've Covered Me with Suntan Lotion"
1966,  watercolor on board,  26 x 16.75"

From last Thursday March 24th all the way to April 9th, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, the predominantly fine art venue on Prince Street will be showcasing a variety of works from our favorite 40s and 50s era of illustration: pin-up. Made in various mediums and by a variety of different artists, these throwback works are beauty, talent, humor and sensual elegance all in one. Maybe its just our infatuation with this old-school charm, but if we were you, we'd mark this must-see show on our event calendar asap. 

Shirley Jaffe "Works on Paper"

"Adria's Green" 2014 oil on canvas 28 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches 73 x 60 cm

"Adria's Green" 2014 oil on canvas 28 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches 73 x 60 cm

A cultural abstract exhibition of "Works on Paper" by 92 year old American artist based in Paris, Shirley Jaffe, this showcase will be presented in the Tibor de Nagy Gallery on 724 Fifth Ave from March 24th to April 30th. Abstract pieces made by the artist in the last ten years will make up this collection. Known for her vibrant colors, geometric shapes and overlapping line work, Jaffe's works on paper exist in a separate space as do her oil paintings; both equally meaningful yet with different voices. 

Boasting quite a name in the streets of Paris and Europe throughout, we expect nothing but excellence from Jaffe and cannot wait for you to bathe in the color-filled essence of her thought-provoking art.

Barbara Takenaga "Waiting in The Sky"

Barbara Takenaga, "Folds", 2015

Barbara Takenaga, "Folds", 2015

Chelsea's DC Moore Gallery will be exhibiting new work by Barbara Takenaga March 31st to April 30th, making it the the artist's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will be made up of a series of large-scale acrylic paintings, on linen and panel, and a wall-piece alluding to her current installation at MASS MoCA. 

Communicating abstraction in the most romantic sense, Takenaga’s latest work continues the artist’s never ending exploration of imagined spaces and the complexity of nature. Seemingly scientific but certainly magical, the artist's compositions questions the boundaries between the reality of the physical world and the abstract of the unknown. Explore it with us next Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00pm. 

Mitchell-Innes & Nash "Tom Wesselmann Exhibition"

Tom Wesselmann "Sunset Nude with Big Palm Tree" (2004) Oil on canvas. 105 by 128 in.

Tom Wesselmann "Sunset Nude with Big Palm Tree" (2004) Oil on canvas. 105 by 128 in.

Starting April 21st and ending May 28th, the Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery will be exhibiting a collection of masterful works by 60's pop-artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) that we cannot wait to admire. In a mix of collage, photography, sketch and painting, Wesselmann's pieces bring to us a sense of admirable discomfort that only great artists can achieve. With breezy landscapes placed behind sketches of female breasts, and grainy images of elongated legs atop painted depictions of a quiet ocean, everything about this collection gives us full-body chills of the best kind. 

“With this important exhibition, we hope to show how Wesselmann has filtered the canonical subjects of art—still life, the nude and the landscape—through a unique and personal lens using the media and technical innovation of the sixties, seventies and eighties, offering new possibilities for painting.” – Lucy Mitchell-Innes
 
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