Art & Museums

Every January, without fail, when I enter the Winter Antiques Show, I think of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist and Egyptologist, who unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. I see Carter peering through a chink at the top of the stone wall separating him from the tomb’s antechamber, his only illumination a candle. “Can you see anything?” Lord Carnarvon, the backer of the exhibition, asks impatiently from behind. “Yes, wonderful things,” Carter blurts out. My sentiments exactly. And this year the “things” are even more wonderful as the Winter Antiques Show marks its 60th year, or Diamond Jubilee.

In his new exhibit at Daniel Cooney Fine Art titled Inframen, photographer Nir Arieli takes pains to illustrate that imprefections exist in even the most perfect of human specimens. On view thru Mar. 8.

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Guiseppe Penone's nature-based sculptures are dominating Madison Square Park.

Astoria, Queens, played a vital role in early motion picture production, but video games have taken over the neighborhood’s Museum of the Moving Image this month. The institution’s new exhibition—Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games (thru March 2, 2014)—features some of the most innovative games created by independent designers and developers since 2002.

A quarter-century ago this March, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) died of AIDS. The Sean Kelly gallery commemorates the artist—sometimes celebrated, sometimes notorious, always fascinating—with its show Saints and Sinners. The exhibit pairs 54 photographic images (often taken at different times), in 27 pairs that embody the titular theme.

Johannes Vermeer's 1665 masterpiece "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is the star of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, an exhibit running at The Frick Collection.

This time of year, New York City abounds in holiday displays. One of the sweetest (and I mean that literally) is currently on view in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien hotel. Dubbed the Gingerbread Extravaganza, it's an exhibit of elaborate gingerbread houses created by restaurants and bakeries around town. The theme for this year (it's an annual display, sponsored by City Harvest, a nonprofit that helps the hungry) is "quintessential New York", and that translated to clever culinary minds into a range of ingenious scenes and iconic sights, from the Empire State Building to Coney Island.

Only on view through the next three days, “Viewpoint of Billions” the art installation by David Datuna at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, is quite simply, a must-see. For the project, Datuna took a classic American flag and covered it with a series of positive and negative optical lenses.

Manhattan-based photographer Robin Blackwood’s two-part exhibition, Unattended Bags and More Songs About Buildings and Shoes, is as thought provoking as it is beautiful. This is not a conventional show, but then neither is the space, Splashlight Photographic and Digital Studios, in which it is on view thru Jan. 3.

Calder Shadows takes place in a darkened room. As your eyes adjust, you become aware of about a dozen of Alexander Calder's sculptures and famed mobiles. They are all dramatically lit so that they throw oversized--and in th ecase of the mobiles, ever-changing--shadows on the wall and floor.


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