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Richard Serra, David Hockney among artists with new must-see gallery shows this spring

Miya Ando's “Hamon diptych 2," (top), and “Indigo triptych.”
Miya Ando’s “Hamon diptych 2,” (top), and “Indigo triptych.”

In April, Merrily Kerr, the founder of New York Art Tours, had to pause while walking in Chelsea because the street was blocked off. She watched as a crane delivered one of Richard Serra’s sculptures to Gagosian Gallery at 522 West 21st Street. 

“It looks like we’ll be treated to his signature large-scale steel sculptures,” she said. “His last few shows have been must-see stops on my tours.”

Have a big, blank space on your wall or some empty floor space? Fill it by picking up a work of art at one of Chelsea’s galleries, which are presenting shows of several top artists and sculptors in May and June.

Beginning May 7, Gagosian will present Serra’s work in “Above Below Betwixt Between, Every Which Way, Silence (For John Cage),” four new large-scale steel sculptures along with an installation drawing. It will be on display through July 29.

Another tour company founder and president, Judith Shupe Walsh of Art Smart, concurred, “Serra’s massive steel installations are always a hit in Chelsea. And with three months to see the show, you have no excuse not to make it.”

“Serra’s massive steel installations
are always a hit in Chelsea.”

Kerr ticked off a list of new shows by well-known artists that she said will “surely be high profile”: Tracey Emin at Lehmann Maupin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres at Andrea Rosen, Philip Guston at Hauser & Wirth, Tom Wesselmann at Mitchell-Innes & Nash and Haim Steinbach at Tanya Bonakdar.

In a nod to the song by late music icon David Bowie, Tracey Emin’s “Stone Love” show at the Lehmann Maupin gallery explores notions of romantic, physical and familial love. “Stone Love” will include a mélange of painting, bronze sculptures, neon, embroidery and works on paper. The show opened May 5 and runs through June 18. 

Influential British artist David Hockney is showing “The Yosemite Suite” at the Pace Gallery through June 18. Walsh explained that Hockney, now in his 70s, is embarking on exciting new territory in the art world: iPad art.   

A new destination will make its mark on the area. The Lisson Gallery New York, opening in early May, is a “very big deal,” Kerr said. Located in a new building under the High Line, it will officially open to the public with an exhibition by Carmen Herrera, a Cuban-born painter best known for her geometric abstracts.

For those interested in emerging artists, Walsh recommended heading to the Sundaram Tagore Gallery starting June 9 for artist Miya Ando’s “Hamon” exhibition. A descendent of Japanese sword makers, Ando apprenticed at the Hattori Studio for master metal making. “Her interest in light and reflection brings balance to the metallic surfaces to obtain a gorgeous, ephemeral result,” enthused Walsh.

Likewise, the Mike Weiss Gallery hosts a Belgian painter gaining traction in the U.S., Koen Delaere, whose show “Vaya” runs from May 12 to June 18 and features 12 works that feature a juxtaposition of texture and color.

And for those in town for the contemporary art show Frieze New York, held on Randall’s Island in May, there will be an event in Chelsea May 7th from 6 to 8 p.m., in which over 30 galleries and non-profits will remain open after hours for showings and events in conjunction with Frieze.