Top 3 Cool Art Shows In Chelsea

See this review on Metro New York

The Chelsea Art Season is in full swing as unconventional materials take center stage. From repurposed junk to iPad drawings, ditch the usual painting show for 3 art exhibitions a bit more out of the ordinary.

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‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring’

Veteran artist David Hockney depicts the gradual changes between seasons in his home county of East Yorkshire. His personal affiliation to the landscapes — and his use of technology — uplift a trying art show about nature into an engaging experience. “The Arrival of Spring” at Pace Gallery is a tech-driven exhibition of iPad drawings and video installations. Monumental prints drawn from his iPad of quiet U.K. landscapes exemplify the artist’s signature gestural style and soft palette. The culmination of this exhibition is Hockney’s 9-frame video installation exhibited across a multi-screen 3×3 grid. Filmed with nine cameras attached to a moving SUV, frames comes together to create a visual journey of a changing landscape.

If you go:
Through Nov. 1
Pace Gallery, 508 W. 25th St.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free to the public
212-989-4258; www.pacegallery.com

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‘Nick Cave: Made by Whites for Whites’

No thrift store haul beats Nick Cave’s exhibition “Made by Whites for Whites” at Jack Shainman Gallery. Cave collected racist kitsch dated as early as the 19th century and transformed the objects into monumental altars placing once conventional stereotypes on display. This project began when Cave found a container at a flea market shaped like the head of a black man and labeled “Spittoon.” Commonplace caricatures of the dark skinned “lawn jockey” or red-lipped “mammy” are mounted within elaborate halo-like armatures built up with ceramic birds, flowers and porcelain fruit. Too important to throw away, yet too painful to willfully put on display, the artifacts in “Made by Whites for Whites” are reliquaries to typecasts that dehumanized the African-American population.

If you go:
Through Oct. 11, 2014
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 W. 20th St.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free to the public
212-645-1701; www.jackshainman.com

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‘Jason Rhoades: PeaRoeFoam’

Jason Rhoades takes culinary art to the next level at David Zwirner with a reinstatement of the artist’s 2002 “PeaRoeFoam” project. PeaRoeFoam was Rhoades’s self-made recipe for a “brand new product and revolutionary new material” created from whole green peas, fish-bait style salmon eggs and white virgin-beaded foam. On view are shrink-wrapped ingredients, “kebab skewers” (made as the drying material was pressed into rectangular molds) and DIY kits, which were integral to Rhoades’ artistic spirit.

If you go:
Through Oct. 18
David Zwirner, 537 W. 20th St.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free to the public
212-517-8677; www.davidzwirner.com

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