Dike Blair, *Untitled,* 2018.
Photo: Courtesy of Karma

See These 20 Great Exhibitions Before They Close

From Keith Haring to Betty Tompkins, here are a few of our favorite shows closing out 2018

If your New Year’s resolution is to catch more art shows, you may need to start early—most of New York’s best galleries will close for the holidays, and when they open their doors again, it will be with new works on view. From Keith Haring at Gladstone Gallery to Betty Tompkins at P.P.O.W. (Tompkins was among the recent winners of the Anonymous Was a Woman Award), here are a few of the top exhibitions closing out the year.

Diane Arbus, Untitled (49), 1970–71. Photo: © The Estate of Diane Arbus

1. Diane Arbus: Untitled
David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street
Through December 15

Sixty-six photographs from the last few years of Arbus’s life illustrate life at a residence for people with developmental disabilities.

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Collage by Dr. Lakra, on view at White Columns. Photo: Courtesy of White Columns

2. Dr. Lakra
White Columns, 91 Horatio Street
Through December 15

Previously unseen collage works by the Oaxaca, Mexico–based artist mark the artist’s second-ever solo show in New York.

Lisa Yuskavage, Little Kingdom, 2005. Oil on linen. Photo: Collection David and Monica Zwirner

3. Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018
David Zwirner, 533 West 19th Street
Through December 15

The gallery presents an extensive survey of the artist’s small-scale paintings.

Richard Prince, Untitled, 2017. Oil stick, acrylic, charcoal, matte medium, collage, and inkjet on canvas. Photo: © Richard Prince. Photo: Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.

4. Richard Prince: High Times
Gagosian, 522 West 21st Street
Through December 19

The appropriation artist debuts a body of work that reimagines drawings from early in his career.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (body), 1978.

5. Barbara Kruger: 1978
Mary Boone Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue
Through December 21

Works that Kruger made in 1978 are reexamined 40 years later.

Installation: Keith Haring at Gladstone Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery

6. Keith Haring
Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street
Through December 21

Collages and large-scale works offer an intimate view of the last few years of the celebrated artist’s life.

7. Dike Blair
Karma, 188 East 2nd Street
Through December 21

Small-scale photorealistic paintings depict everyday observations.

Stanley Whitney, Untitled, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery

8. Stanley Whitney: In the Color
Lisson, 504 West 24th Street
Through December 21

New gridded abstract works celebrate the artist’s style, which he has been developing since the 1990s.

Installation view of “Agnes Martin/Navajo Blankets” Photo: via Pace Gallery website

9. Agnes Martin: Agnes Martin/Navajo Blankets
Pace, 537 West 24th Street
Through December 21

Large-scale abstract paintings are juxtaposed with blankets created by Navajo women in the 1800s.

Installation view of “Aaron Garber-Maikovksa: Postpartum” at Clearing. Photo: Courtesy of Clearing, Brooklyn

10. Aaron Garber-Maikovska: Postpartum
Clearing, 396 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn
Through December 22

Large-scale gestural canvases by the contemporary artist manifest traditions associated with Abstract Expressionism.

Installation of “Louise Bourgeois: Spiral” at Cheim & Read. Photo: Courtesy of Cheim & Read

11. Louise Bourgeois: Spiral
Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street
Through December 22

An exhibition spanning roughly 60 years focuses in on one of the artist’s most iconic motifs.

Installation view of “Works from the Collection of John Ashbery” at Kasmin Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of Kasmin Gallery

12. Works from the Collection of John Ashbery
Kasmin, 297 Tenth Avenue
Through December 22

This exhibition collates paintings, drawings, and collages from the collection of the late, lauded New York poet John Ashbery. The selection includes works by Alex Katz, Jane Freilicher, Helen Frankenthaler, and more.

Installation view of “Phyllida Barlow: Tilt” at Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

13. Phyllida Barlow: Tilt
Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street
Through December 22

The British artist presents large-scale sculptures and installations following her critically acclaimed presentation at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Ellsworth Kelly’s Color Panels for a Large Wall installed at Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

14. Ellsworth Kelly: Color Panels for a Large Wall
Matthew Marks, 523 West 24th Street
Through December 22

The gallery displays Ellsworth Kelly’s never-before-seen copy of his largest work, Color Panels for a Large Wall.

Installation view of “Genesis Belanger & Emily Mae Smith: A Strange Relative” Photo: Dario Lasagni. Courtesy of the artists and Perrotin.

15. Genesis Belanger & Emily Mae Smith: A Strange Relative
Perrotin, 130 Orchard Street
Through December 22

Sculptor Genesis Belanger and painter Emily Mae Smith join forces in this humorous, somewhat provocative exhibition.

Installation view of “Betty Tompkins: Will She Ever Shut Up?” at P.P.O.W. Photo: Courtesy of P.P.O.W.

16. Betty Tompkins: Will She Ever Shut Up?
P.P.O.W., 535 West 22nd Street
Through December 22

New work by the artist explores themes of the female body, sexuality, and desire, and in one series subverts historic Western works by appropriating images by Jan Van Eyck, Vermeer, and Richard Avedon.

Emily Mullin, Garniture, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Jack Hanley

17. Emily Mullin: Woman on Top
Jack Hanley, 327 Broome Street
Through December 23

Mullin’s first solo exhibition with the gallery explores the tradition of still life painting with wall-mounted reliefs of ceramic vessels and flowers.

Installation view of “Body Double” at Rachel Uffner Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Uffner Gallery

18. Bianca Beck: Body Double
Rachel Uffner Gallery, 170 Suffolk Street
Through December 23

At the heart of Beck’s latest solo show are large-scale papier-mâché sculptures, which draw inspiration from Greek mythology, political protests, and the human body.

Installation view of “Eric Yahnker: Factory Reset” at The Hole. Photo: Courtesy of The Hole

19. Eric Yahnker: Factory Reset
The Hole, 312 Bowery
Through December 23

Yahnker’s witty photorealistic paintings call upon imagery from politics and pop culture.

Cynthia Talmadge Photo: Courtesy of 56 Henry

20. Cynthia Talmadge: 1076 Madison
56 Henry, 56 Henry Street
Through December 23

Paintings of the storied Frank E. Campbell funeral parlor on New York’s Upper East Side (which handled the funerals of Jacqueline Onassis and John Lennon) by Cynthia Talmadge are the heart of this show, which is done in collaboration with architecture and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero (which recently got a lot of buzz in Art Basel Miami Beach with its expansion of Nina Johnson Gallery).

Cover: Dike Blair, *Untitled,* 2018.
Photo: Courtesy of Karma


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