THU 11/10: Siebren Versteeg's "Flat Screens" at Meulensteen, 511 West 22nd St., New York, Opening November 10, 6 – 8 p.m., meulensteen.com
Versteeg spans the gap between digital and analog with his back-lit digital prints mounted on DuraClear. The final works are a combination of imagery the artist has created through custom-designed computer programs. Shapes and colors that mimic brushes and paint are synthetically realized through virtual media.
THU 11/10: Nancy Shaver's "Three sisters, four beauties and a work-horse" at Feature Inc., 131 Allen St., New York, Opening November 10 6 – 8 p.m., featureinc.com
Shaver's work is often titled for the simplified and deconstructed objects she is inspired by. The objects depicted in her work take on blocky, simplified, and utilitarian forms, name-checked in titles like her 2009 piece, "Blue Pajama, Green Top Hat, and Blue Door."
WEDS 11/9: Marilyn Minter and Mika Rottenberg at the New York Public Library, 5th Ave and 42nd St., 6 - 8 p.m., nypl.org
Two of today's most acclaimed female artists appear in conversation at this free event. Rottenberg, in the midst of a 2011 Performa commission, fetes the release of her monograph — a beautifully-designed book with one a truly striking, quasi-NSFW cover. Minter's photorealist paintings are currently on view down at Salon 94.
WEDS 11/9: Moleskine Words at A.I. Friedman, 4 - 7 p.m., 44 West 18th St., aifriedman.com
At A.I. Friedman department store, MoMA educator Nathan Sensel will give workshops on art and learning, helping participants to customize their moleskine notebooks with stamps.
SAT 11/12: Sanford Biggers speaks at Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 3 - 4 p.m., brooklynmuseum.org
In this "introspective," multimedia performance artist Sanford Biggers will discuss his inspirations, process, and production.
SAT 11/12: Zefrey Throwell's "I'll Raise You One" at Art in General Project Space, 79 Walker St., 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily, through 10/19, artingeneral.org
Performance artist Zefrey Throwell has become known for his controversy-baiting antics staged all around New York. This one promises another titillating spectacle: a continuous strip poker game ongoing in the storefront space and visible from the street.
ON THE RADAR
PINTA Latin American art fair, 7 West 54th Street, November 10 - 13, pintaart.com
This fair, timed for Sotheby's and Christie's Latin American auctions, showcases exclusively Latin American art. Participating galleries come from a range of locales including New York, Miami, Madrid, and Lima.
Helen DeWitt’s “Lightning Rods,” published by New Directions, $24.95, ndbooks.com
Modern Painters senior editor Scott Indrisek recommends this sophomore novel from the author of “The Last Samurai.” It's the wonderfully pervy story of Joe, a former vacuum salesman who hits upon an unconventional way to address sexual harassment in the workplace.