Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Our editors and editors scour the city every week for the most thoughtful, relevant and exciting new exhibits and artwork presented in galleries, museums and public places across New York City’s five boroughs. This week we recommend that you:

Eugène Von Bruenchenhein n ° 795, April 10, 1959 (1959) Andrew Edlin Gallery

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Phantasmagoric Paintings 1957-61

Until January 23 at Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery, Manhattan

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, an Outsider artist from Wisconsin, explored three important works during his life: sculptures, which are mostly ceramic or chicken bone; small devotional photographic portraits of his wife Marie, which range from erotic to psychedelic, with a wide range in between; and paintings. Von Bruenchenhein began painting in the 1950s, developing techniques using brushes made from his wife’s hair, combs, fingers, tools from his baking job, and other idiosyncratic supplies to manipulate paint on masonite. They feel almost biblical, combining in kaleidoscopic fervor Von Bruenchenhein’s anxieties about global atomic annihilation – as he was painting in the height of the Cold War, when such an apocalypse seemed imminent – with his love for organic creatures and the cosmos. Although it was not exhibited until after his death, today it would be justified to consider this work as a heavyweight in the long line of works of art concerned with the myths of creation and destruction of their zeitgeist. particular. – Wallace Ludel

Brassaï, Chez Suzy, the presentation (Chez Suzy, presentations) (circa 1932-33) © Domaine Brassaï – RMN-Grand Palais. Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York.


Until February 27, 2021 at Marlborough, 545 West 25th Street, Manhattan

The Franco-Hungarian photographer and writer Brassaï arrived in Paris in 1924, where he began to focus for decades on capturing the colorful and often sinister facets of nocturnal Paris, particularly the districts of Montparnasse and Montmartre, which have historically served as hubs for the city’s art circles. This exhibition, made up of 39 photographs from the 1930s, offers a voyeuristic glimpse of Parisian high society and its underground world, which the artist considered represented “Paris in its lesser cosmopolitan dimension. [but] at its most alive, its most authentic ”, he explained in 1976. Among the strong points, the image At Suzy, the presentation (Chez Suzy, introductions) (1932-33) eerily recreates The Judgment of Paris – the Greek mythological story of a beauty contest between the goddesses Aphrodite, Hera and Athena, which is the subject of works of art by Peter Paul Rubens and other old masters – replacing the subjects with three prostitutes and Brassai’s bodyguard, who sometimes accompanied him on his nocturnal outings. – Gabriella Angeleti

Attributed to Anna Hoffman, Supper at Emmaüs (c. 1642) Christopher Bishop Fine Arts

The magic of the designer: images of the occult

Until February 12, 2021 at Christopher Bishop Fine Art, 1046 Madison Avenue, Suite 2N, Manhattan

Art dealer Christopher Bishop says the esoteric writings of German art and cultural theorist Aby Warburg, coupled with a growing interest in mysticism and the cosmos, inspired this exhibition of more than 20 ancient and modern drawings that explores the link between art, magic. and science, and how artists conveyed occult and mythological subjects from the 16th to the 20th century. The exhibition includes the only surviving work attributed to Anna Hoffman, a 17th-century Swiss designer whose contributions to the historically male-dominated field have been largely overlooked. Hoffman’s captivating drawing from around 1642 shows Christ revealing himself to two pilgrims and is inscribed on the reverse as being “made by Hoffmann’s daughter in Basel”, in reference to her father, the painter Samuel Hoffman who was trained under Rubens. Other works are populated by mermaids, witches, satyrs and other figures practicing black and white magic, including pieces by John Downman, John Trumbell, Arthur Rackham and others. – Gabriella Angeleti

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