Exhibitions & Openings for the Week of May 1

This week in Art Weekly we are taking you to Tokyo, London, Beverly Hills, and home sweet home NYC for this week’s top opening picks. See you at the opening!

Dennis Hopper — “The Lost Album” — New York, NY

This star-studded exhibition will present previously unknown photographs from the late Dennis Hopper. The show will reveal casual portraits of artistic geniuses (Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg), leading actors and actresses (Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, John Wayne), and gifted musicians (James Brown, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane), as well as provocative images from the Civil Rights Movement. The album will be shown in its entirety and is surely a still-life of American history not to be missed.

Gagosian Gallery Madison Avenue

May 7 – June 22, 2013

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 7th 6-8pm

Cecily Brown — “Recent Paintings” — New York,  NY

Recent paintings from young talent Cecily Brown are always an extra special treat. With her liberal use of color, Jackson Pollock-esque aesthetic and obvious academic and technical talent, Brown is definitely at the very top of my list of shows to visit this week. Gagosian Gallery’s Madison Avenue location is also a treat in itself as it often is less crowded and busy than their downtown locations. Enjoy!

Gagosian Gallery Madison Avenue

May 7 — June 22, 2013

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 7th 6-8pm


 Martin Schoeller — “Identical: Portraits of Twins” — Beverly Hills, CA 

Sometimes a really fantastic portrait artist can really shock the eyes and mind, and Martin Schoeller is a portraitist who always delivers. This exhibition covers one of the most fascinating human phenomena, identical twins and Schoeller’s talent shines through every close up and brings the term “diptych” to another level. The Ace Gallery has one location in Los Angeles proper and one in Beverly Hills and for our LA readers, this show will definitely be worth the drive. Have fun!

Ace Gallery Beverly Hills

May 4 — June 1, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4th 7-9pm

Julie Mehretu — “Liminal Squared” — London, UK

Geometrical paintings, when executed as well as Julie Mehretu can do, are truly a sight to behold. The layering and depth of her paintings dig deep into your visual recesses and challenge your eyes in ways you will not expect. Every line and angle is precise and meticulously planned while each painting reflects both her attention to detail and her complex and extraordinary artistic practice. Great work.

White Cube Gallery

May 1 — July 7, 2013

Opening: Wednesday, May 1st

KAWS — “Ohhh…” — Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo pop art is full of color, youthful vitality, lively shapes, and a healthy dose of just plain old fashioned fun! Brooklyn based artist KAWS brings his talent all the way across the world to Tokyo so Japan’s capital city can experience the American version of this pop phenomenon. A few weeks ago I chose Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami for the exhibition list and KAWs is thus the perfect and most logical progression this week. Look out for more Tokyo pop for your eyes to enjoy very soon!

Kaikai Kiki Gallery

May 2 – May 29, 2013

Opening: Thursday, May 2nd

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