THU 11/17 Kaoruko's "Aromako," at Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 West 24th St., mikeweissgallery.com
Former Japanese pop star Kaoruko doesn't give her subjects much clothing, yet insists that her nearly-nude portraits of women in domestic settings are not erotic. Kaoruko renders the soft features of her subjects, women caught disregarding the traditional modesty of Japanese society.
FRI 11/18 Karen Arm's "New Works on Paper" at P.P.O.W. Gallery, 535 West 22nd St., 3rd Flr., ppowgallery.com
Karen Arm's process is inseparable from her finished work. New paintings focused on sun bursts, star fields, blood pools, and water are all created through spontaneous methods. Her representations of natural processes unseen by the human eye are meticulous and hypnotizing.
SAT 10/19 Spencer Sweeney's "The Pharoah's Lounge" at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 620 Greenwich St., 6 - 8 p.m., gavinbrown.biz
Spencer Sweeney, party-promoter, D.J., nightlife impresario, and artist, is opening his fourth exhibition at Gavin Brown's spot with a collection of paintings that also function as event advertisements for the party of the century.
WED 10/16 The Limits of An Object by Matthew Day Jackson, Public Art Fund Talks at the New School, Tishman Hall, 66 West 12th St., 6:30 p.m., $10, newschool.edu
In this talk, multidisciplinary installation, collage, and video artist Matthew Day Jackson speaks on the transformative potential of sculpture and its ability to reach beyond the material presence of an object's physical form.
ON THE RADAR
The American Craft Show NYC at the Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th St., Hall 1A at 11th Ave. and 39th St., November 18 – 20, americancraftshownyc.com
The second annual craft event is the result of over 30 years of involvement and community-building with American craft artists. With lectures and hands on events taking place over three days, this is one New York fair you won't want to miss.
"Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., through January 2, metmuseum.org
In the first large-scale exhibition of works from Alfred Stieglitz's personal collection, pieces collected from his years as a both a gallerist and artist will be on view. Picasso, Brancusi, O'Keeffe, Kandinsky, Demuth, and Marin join approximately 200 art works by American and European modernists and photo-secessionists.
Ryan McLennan's "Abominations" at Joshua Liner Gallery, 548 West 28th St., through November 19, joshualinergallery.com
Ryan McLennan's intricate paintings depict wildlife from a naturalist's point of view, but the artist's animal subjects are contorted into impossible poses and combinations, enacting the rituals of predator and prey in compositions that become symbolic demonstrations of human moral ambiguity.