Visual art around town

George Tooker, 1920 - 2011, The Subway, 1950

With so many great exhibits on view in the city’s galleries and museums, there’s no need to hibernate.

‘Carten Holler: Experience’
Through Jan. 15
The New Museum
235 Bowery
$12, 212-219-1222
www.newmuseum.org
Holler’s aptly titled “Experience” exhibit will invigorate a cold, wintry Saturday afternoon with its thoroughly interactive spaces, which span three floors of the museum. The show features Holler’s unique take on a merry-go-round, a slide that will take you from one floor to the next, and sculptures entitled “Giant Triple Mushrooms.”

‘Real/Surreal’
Through Feb. 12
Whitney Museum
of American Art
945 Madison Ave.
$18, 212-570-3600
www.whitney.org
Drawing from its own vast collection, the Whitney highlights works that focus on the juxtaposition between reality and abstraction, which include pieces by George Tooker, Edward Hopper, Helen Lundeberg, Charles Sheeler and Mabel Dwight.

‘Billy Childish: I am the Billy Childish’
Through Jan. 21
Lehmann Maupin Gallery
201 Chrystie St.
212-254-0054
www.lehmannmaupin.com
British painter (and poet and songwriter) Billy Childish has gained cult status for the vibrant electricity that he brings to each work, including his visual arts, which sometime recall the work of Van Gogh.

‘Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals’
Nov. 17 through Dec. 23
Paul Kasmin Gallery
515 W. 27th St.
212-563-4474
www.paulkasmingallery.com
The Paul Kasmin Gallery debuts its new location with a show by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. The gallery will be displaying Weiwei’s new book, “Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals,” as well as many of his bronze animal zodiac heads.

‘Sarah Brahman: Your’s’
Through Dec. 3
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
1018 Madison Ave., #5  
212-744-7400
www.miandn.com
Celebrated American artist Sarah Brahman chopped up a camper and made the chunks of it the subjects of her first show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery. The way she remixes everyday objects, adding and taking away from the things we are so familiar with, creates a captivating experience for any viewer.


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