One of the greatest gifts New York City has to offer is its burgeoning art scene that’s constantly being revived with intellectual and intriguing exhibitions at its many art galleries in many lower Manhattan neighborhoods. Here are some notable shows to see on the Lower East Side and Soho this month:
- Thomas Buildmore—In an exhibition entitled Sacred Mountains, Buildmore presents several paintings that pay homage to famous artists and artworks by using spray paint. Notable pieces include Buildmore’s version of Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, Amedeo Mogdigliani’s Reclining Nude, and Mother and Child, after Gustav Klimt. At the Woodward Gallery, 132A Eldridge St., through Oct. 27. The gallery is open by appointment only.
- Wim Delvoye—The Belgian artist presents several life-size metal sculptures created over a five-year period. The pieces depict cars, tires, and various real and mythological animals such as Pegasus and Perseus. At Galerie Perrotin, 130 Orchard St., through Oct. 29. The gallery is open Wed.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Sangsik Hong—For this show, Hong presents installations all composed of straw and forming various body parts such as lips, hands, eyes, legs etc., that are accentuated with very light pink backgrounds. At the Krause Gallery,149 Orchard St., through Oct. 30. The gallery is open Wed.-Sun. from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Ezra Johnson—Cap’n Crunch is the title of Johnson’s latest exhibition. Named after the well-known breakfast cereal, the name represents a mass-marketed product that sugarcoats American myths in both the literal and metaphorical sense. Johnson presents oil paintings that depict people and places at various points in time and revolve around themes that are both political and personal. At Freight + Volume, 97 Allen St., through Nov. 12. The gallery is open Wed.-Sun. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or by appointment.
- Philemona Williamson—Williamson presents several new paintings revolving around her familiar theme of the transitions from adolescence to adulthood. The youthful characters in Williamson’s paintings evoke notions of energy, curiosity, while the older characters exhibit a more reflective sense of self-awareness. At the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer St., through Nov. 14. The gallery is open Tue.-Sat. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Mondays by appointment.
- Judith Bernstein—Since the 1960s, Bernstein has produced drawings revolving around social and political issues. Her latest show entitled Cabinet of Horrors, revolves around the negativity the Trump administration has brought to America. She offers around 18 new drawings and numerous other work including hand-drawn dollar bills and a vintage piggy bank that bluntly illustrate the unrest America is currently experiencing. At The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., through Feb. 4. The gallery is open Wed., Fri.-Sun. from 12 p.m.-6 p.m., and from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu.
- Raphael Mazzucco—Mazzucco, a critically acclaimed photographer and popular celebrity favorite, presents several captivating and intricate mixed media pieces using elements of fashion, photography, paint collage and text. Mazzucco is often inspired by female form and landscapes such as African wildlife or the Australian outback. At the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, 141 Prince St. (Ground Floor), through Nov. 11. The gallery is open Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.