McArthur Binion, Route One: Box Two: X, 2017, oil-paint stick and paper on board.



Talk: “Painting with a Capital ‘P’ ” at Matthew Marks Gallery
In honor of the first comprehensive monograph on the late painter Peter Cain, whose promising career was tragically cut short at the age of 37, Matthew Marks Gallery has assembled a panel of artists and writers to talk about Cain’s output within the framework of the 1980s and ’90s New York art world. Last fall, the gallery staged the largest exhibition of Cain’s paintings to date; on view were works which focused on slick reconfigurations of automative imagery and gas stations. Those works will be discussed at this panel, moderated by Cleveland Museum of Art associate curator Beau Rutland and featuring artists Jack Pierson and Collier Schorr alongside writers Richard Meyer and Bob Nickas.
Matthew Marks, 523 West 24th Street, 6:30 p.m.


Martín Ramírez, Untitled (Abstracted Landscape with Horse and Rider), ca. 1960–63, gouache and graphite on pieced paper.


Opening: McArthur Binion at Galerie Lelong & Co.
For more than 40 years, McArthur Binion has been honing a distinctive brand of minimalist painting informed by both his personal narrative and the larger story of African-Americans throughout U.S. history. His newest exhibition builds on the artist’s larger series of DNA paintings, which use photocopied personal identifiers as the background for dense oil-stick grids. (The photocopied images are barely visible beneath Binion’s densely worked surfaces.) For this show, images of the Mississippi house where the artist spent his formative years serve as a base and conceptual jumping-off point.
Galerie Lelong & Co., 528 West 26th Street, 6–8 p.m.

Opening: Martín Ramírez at Ricco/Maresca Gallery
It’s been increasingly easy to see Martín Ramírez’s work, which has been steadily popping up in group shows around America over the past few years. The outsider artist’s drawings—some of which memorably appeared on U.S. Postal Service stamps in 2015—were often cobbled together from scraps of paper he found at the Stockton State Hospital in California, where he was admitted after being diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1931. Often featuring nostalgic scenes of his home country, Mexico, the drawings became ways for Ramírez to hold on to his identity and his memories. For those who can’t make it to the artist’s current Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles exhibition, this show, the first New York survey of Ramírez’s work in ten years, is a must.
Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor, 6–8 p.m.

Howardena Pindell, Songlines: Cosmos, 2017, mixed media on canvas.


Opening: Howardena Pindell at Garth Greenan Gallery
Following a decade-long hiatus from the commercial gallery world, Howardena Pindell will debut a new body of abstract paintings and collages made in the past three years. Utilizing a variety of materials, including sequins, glitter, vinyl text, powder, and the occasional bit of hair, Pindell has created seven large-scale works as well as a number of smaller, more intricate collages for the exhibition. It opens several months ahead of a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, so it could be a preview for those unfamiliar with Pindell’s work.
Garth Greenan Gallery, 545 West 20th Street, 6–8 p.m.

Opening: Valeska Soares at Alexander Gray Associates
Known for her pioneering work in the field of installation art, Valeska Soares will have her first exhibition this week at Alexander Gray Associates, which began representing the Brooklyn-based, Brazilian-born artist earlier this year. For the show, titled “Neither Here Nor There,” Soares, who is currently having her first major museum show at the Santa Barbara Art Museum in California, will transform the Chelsea gallery into a domestic setting. This will be realized through several modified vintage portraits, as well as a version of Finale (2013), a mirrored table populated with household objects like wine glasses and champagne flutes.
Alexander Gray Associates, 510 West 26th Street, 6–8 p.m.

Valeska Soares, Finale (detail), 2013, antique table, mirror, antique glasses, and liquor.



Opening: “Social Services” at Artists Space
Artists Space is throwing a formidable fundraising exhibition in preparation for its move next year to its new location, at 80 White Street in TriBeCa. Spread across four venues (Bortolami, Alexander and Bonin, Pearl Street Mart, and Artists Space’s Walker Street bookstore and event space), this one-week show will include screenings and performances in addition to a large amount of visual art on display by names ranging from Jeff Koons to Tom of Finland. Following the opening reception, there will be an after-party at the TriBeCa bar M1-5 featuring a performance from Ikue Mori, Joe Heffernan, and Amelia Bande. Throughout the show’s run, various artists, among them Yuji Agematsu and Ericka Beckman, will stage performances.
Various locations, consult Artists Space website for details, 6–8 p.m.

A marble vanitas sculpture, at Colnaghi, London, at TEFAF New York Fall 2016.


Opening: TEFAF New York at Park Avenue Armory
For its second New York fall edition, TEFAF New York will return to the Park Avenue Armory starting Friday and continuing through Wednesday of next week. Throughout the Armory’s lofty drill hall and its adjoining rooms, 93 dealers will be exhibiting their artistic wares, which run the gamut from furniture, decorations, ceramics, and antiques to paintings, sculptures, and books. This year will also see the fair going back to its roots with a focus on historic art, antiques, and Old Masters painting.
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 6–9 p.m.

Opening: “After the Fall” at Peter Blum Gallery
After Peter Blum Gallery announced earlier this year that it would move to the Lower East Side, this exhibition will mark the gallery’s swan song at its 57th Street location. “After the Fall” is a 14-artist group show about change and interruptions. (An interruption is, indeed, what has happened with the gallery’s Midtown location: it is being torn down by developers who want to build condos.) Featuring sculptures, paintings, photographs, and works on paper from artists such as Judith Bernstein, Clifford Owens, and Enoc Perez, the show focuses on work that “may be read within the context of our current presidency,” the show’s curators, David Blum and Vlad Smolkin, note.
Peter Blum Gallery, 20 West 57th Street, 6–8 p.m.


Exhibition: François Morellet at Dia Art Foundation
Often regarded as one of the most important postwar European abstractionists, François Morellet will be the subject of a two-space show at Dia Art Foundation’s space in Chelsea as well as upstate at Dia:Beacon. The Chelsea component will offer an in-depth survey of his work, with early abstract paintings and an installation of Morellet’s first “integration architecturale” (the artist’s term for painting or projecting one of his repetitive abstractions onto a building) on Dia:Chelsea’s external facade. Meanwhile, in Beacon, Dia will show a site-specific installation, No End Neon (1990/2017), that was designed in collaboration with the Morellet estate and studio.
Dia Art Foundation, 545 West 22nd Street and 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.