Textile and texture abound in this week’s gallery picks, as our artists explore their materials and their culture.
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1. Omar Chacon latest show Las Mesalinas y Otros EnsayosLas Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos intertwines his heritage with his interest in classical Roman culture and myth. Chacon’s colorful and energetic configurations symbolize both the unity and diversity of the Americas, specifically Colombia, where he was born and raised and New York, where he currently lives at Margaret Thatcher Projects
2. A retrospective of Frank Stella’s prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings at Whitney Museum of American Art
3. Hilary Harnischfeger presents wall-mounted and free-standing works composed of clay, plaster, paper, ink, and minerals in this exploration of the landscapes surrounding her work area in the Catskill Mountains. Referencing both the body and the landscape, these new works tend to be at odds with themselves, both raw and overworked, adroitly crafted and accidental, peaceful and violent at Rachel Uffner Gallery
4. For Dead Treez, Ebony G. Patterson assembled five eye-popping tapestries and a life-size figural tableau of ten male mannequins, dressed in a kaleidoscopic mix of floral fabrics. Meant to present a complex vision of masculinity, the installation is a meditation on dancehall fashion and culture, regarded as a celebration of the disenfranchised in postcolonial Jamaica at Museum of Art and Design
5. Jeffrey Gibson, who is half Choctaw and half Cherokee, creates sculptures and paintings that intermingle more traditional Native American art with contemporary art and culture. Almost all the works in the show contain text that are charged with personal meaning, elaborately embroidered in beadwork and testament that design can have content at Marc Straus
6. Sheila Hicks’ revisits and reimagines The Treaty of Chromatic Zones, a monumental bas-relief of pure pigmented fiber originally realized for Art Basel Unlimited in June of 2015. Hicks showcases the supple and flexible qualities of her materials, sometimes deconstructing and reassembling previously used entities to explore their infinite possibilities of form and movement at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.