This week’s gallery picks are for the misfits, challenging preconceived notions and calling for freedom.
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1. I Haven’t a Single Explorer on My Planet is OLEK’s massive installation with a full sized boat at its center as an expression and symbol of freedom at White Walls
2. KAWS’s work possesses a sophisticated humor while utilizing a refined graphic language that revitalizes figuration with big, bold gestures and keen, playful intricacy. at Galeria Javier Lopez
3. Richard Colman’s new works are vessels for structure and chaos. They are contemporary in both composition and palette and at the same time ancient Greek in narrative and figure at v1 Gallery
4. Paul Mavrides is from that last generation of cold war babies who had to fight for their right to party so the rest of us could, well, party. Self-taught and street smart, he’s still suspicious of the government Steven Wolff Fine Arts
5. Misfit Island invites us to journey across territories that might be as well tropical or urban, celestial or earthbound at Museum of Contemporary Art in Rochechouart
6. Hassan Hajjaj’s confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women; his subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration and fun at Taymour Grahne Gallery