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A Season of Art: The Best Shows in January and February

Our experts pick the premier gallery and museum shows in New York City.

The trees may be bare now, but the walls of New York City’s galleries and museums most definitely are not. Our art experts rounded up the shows and projects—from Sol LeWitt’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Alex Da Corte’s installation at the New Museum to the Wrong Biennale—they’re looking most forward to this winter.

Molly Surno

The Brooklyn-based installation artist has performed in a number of NYC’s most prestigious venues, including MoMA PS1, Pioneer Works, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

“An Archive of Everything Worn,” through January 28
Artist Emily Spivack invites you to contribute to her current exhibition, “An Archive of Everything Worn,” at the Museum of Modern Art. How do you participate? All you need to do is send a text message listing exactly what you’re wearing when you visit MoMA between now and January 28. Not only are you a part of the art when you take in this show, you will also become more aware of the garb on your back and on the people around you (even if it’s just that day). All submitted descriptions will be projected throughout the museum and at everythingworn.moma.org.

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370, through January 28
American artist Sol LeWitt completed many hand drawings throughout his lifetime, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art has brought one of them to life: Wall Drawing #370, which features 10 simple geometric shapes. The artist believed that art is finite, so in true LeWitt fashion, this installation will be destroyed at the end of its run. Catch the wall drawing (which is bigger than two school buses!) at the Met before it’s painted over on January 28.

“David Hockney,” through February 25
David Hockney fans, rejoice! There is finally a major retrospective honoring the prolific British artist, thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Go anytime between now and February 25 to view some of Hockney’s most iconic works from throughout his career. This is an exhibition you don’t want to miss.

Paddy Johnson

As the founder and editorial director of Art F City, a highly regarded art criticism and commentary site, this longtime art writer and curator knows what she’s talking about. She has written for New York magazine, The New York Times, The Economist, and more.

Alex Da Corte: Harvest Moon, through January 7
The New Museum will be debuting a ton of new shows, along with the new south galleries and a storefront window. In that window will be the work of Alex Da Corte, who many may know from his most recent foray into the music video world. (He just released a video for the new St. Vincent song, “New York.”) Da Corte’s multimedia skill set is well suited for the window; his perfect-pitch period installations have a window-dressing feel to them. I mean that in the best sense—this installation has the kind of color, allure, and strangeness that’s worth traveling for.

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Nat Ward: A Nationless Place,” through March 2018
We live in troubled times. Nat Ward has decided to deal with it by creating a fictional first-person account by a female character who seeks to escape by heading to the Mojave Desert. He’s made photographs that are heavily obscured by light leaks and flares. Text overlays the pictures, narrating this woman’s choices. Sometimes the most inhospitable landscapes are the ones that feel the most comforting.

The Wrong Biennale, through January 31
The Wrong Biennale is the most important digital large-scale exhibition in the world by default: It’s the only digital large-scale exhibition. Thankfully, it is comprehensive, including the work of hundreds of artists and curators. The bad news, though, is that the show’s sheer scale makes it hard to navigate. Expect that, though, and you’re golden. The beauty of Wrong is that it demands search and guarantees discovery.

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Pink Pink Moon by Emilie Gervais at The Wrong

Get in touch with our experience advisers for your own curated art crawl.