David Behringer, our resident art enthusiast, sought out the best gallery shows that New York City had to offer throughout 2016. I’m sure narrowing it down to just 12 shows was difficult, but David managed to keep our visual minds perfectly satiated, giving us the gallery experience we weren’t able to catch on our own. Now, we take a look back at the 12 incredible exhibitions we featured in our Unframed column.
Making Butterflies: The Perpetual Flip Books of Juan Fontanive
Juan Fontanive creates self-flipping flip books of butterflies and hummingbirds… and it’s even more amazing than you think.
Wooden Lakes: The Sculpture of Maya Lin
“Of a Different Nature”, like each of Maya Lin’s incredible lakes, is a reminder (and perhaps a warning) of just how big, and small, out world really is.
Mark Dion: A Library for the Birds
Artist, environmentalist and obsessive organizer-of-everything, Mark Dion has constructed a “Library for the Birds of New York”… and the birds don’t care.
Brad Troemel: Aluminum Ant Hills and Plantable Paper
A must-see: Brad Troemel’s sculptures made using odd Pinterest-learned skills, aluminum casting, mushroom growing, even live roaches.
James Turrell: Early Work
A showcase of some of James Turrell’s first experiments with light at Pace Gallery in New York.
Eye Contact: Jordan Wolfson’s High-Tech Sculpture
Jordan Wolfson’s loud, violent, and eye-contact-making robotic marionette is simultaneously confusing and yet completely inescapable.
A 55,000-Square-Foot Fun House: The Art of Martin Creed
Art that will make you smile, roll your eyes, and appreciate the pointless joy of art that doesn’t need a reason.
The Keeper: An Exhibition of Precious Trash
Both wondrous and dark, “The Keeper” is a powerful exhibition that is a collection of collections.
Round: The Sculpture of Lars Fisk
Sculptural balls that are made from the actual material that they reference.
Robotic Reflection: The Art of Random International
An exhibition of interactive objects that push the boundary of art & technology.
Crushed Harmony: The Sculpture of Carol Bove
Carol Bove debuts equally magical, but significantly heavier sculpture than years past, with that same unbelievable sense of balance.