‘Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor’
Robert Gober rose to prominence in the mid-1980s with his readymade creations using everyday objects like sinks, domestic furniture, playpens, beds and doors. In the 1990s, his practice evolved from single works to theatrical room-sized environments that utilize his domestic and uncanny sculptures —made from body parts — in rooms overrun by elaborately designed wallpaper. “The Heart Is Not a Metaphor” at MoMA includes 130 works across several mediums, all employing domestic imagery and religious motifs for his personal iconography reflecting the artist’s sustained concerns with issues of social justice, freedom and tolerance.
Through March 22, 2015
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St.
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‘Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe’
Nothing exemplifies ‘pain for pleasure’ more than the ubiquitous high-heeled shoe. A fashion icon and an art form, the heel’s universal mystique and artful history is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum. From 17th century Italian chopines to haute couture Christian Louboutins, Killer Heels exhibits 160 artfully crafted historical and contemporary high-heels to examine the shoes connections to fantasy, power, and identity.
Through Feb. 15, 2015
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
‘Egon Schiele: Portraits’
The haunting portraits by Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele (1890-1918) are on view at the Neue Galerie. They capture the Romantic loneliness of the fin-de-siecle. A protege of Gustav Klimt, Schiele is celebrated for his evocative draftsmanship, confrontational use of color and sexually provocative depictions of his sitters. “Egon Schiele: Portraits” includes around 125 paintings, drawings and sculptures of his mythic career abbreviated because of Schiele’s untimely death at the age of 28.
Through Jan. 19, 2015
Neue Galerie New York
Museum for German and Austrian Art
1048 Fifth Ave.
‘BRIC Biennial: Volume 1, Downtown Edition’
New York is arguably the art capital of the world, and thanks to BRIC House there is finally an exhibition dedicated to the talented artists working and living in Brooklyn. The first biennial to document the borough’s breadth of talent, “BRIC Biennial: Volume 1, Downtown Edition” features 27 artists based in Downtown Brooklyn and adjacent neighborhoods such as Fort Greene and Boerum Hill. It showcases artwork in multiple mediums and encompasses the different cultural backgrounds that make Brooklyn an eclectic and artful frontier.
Through Dec. 15
647 Fulton St.
‘From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952’
The canonical machismo of Abstract Expressionism is refreshingly overruled in the Jewish Museum’s exhibition surveying two key painters marginalized for gender and race. Overshadowed by her famous husband Jackson Pollock, and sidelined because of his Caribbean nationality, Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis respectively deserve recognition for their spontaneous, gestural brushwork and free use of non-naturalistic color.
Through Feb. 1, 2015
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave.