From famous photographers to fashion designers and musicians, everyone seems to be getting artistic this spring. Here are four not-to-be-missed exhibits:
Richard Avedon, “Murals and Portraits” In the 1960s, it was hard to flip through a magazine and not land on one of Richard Avedon’s signature portraits. The latest exhibit to pay tribute to his work focuses on the photographer’s symbolic murals of cultural icons like Warhol, Allen Ginsberg and the Chicago Seven. Through July 6.
Courtney Love, “And She's Not Even Pretty” Go inside the brazen mind of Hole’s leading lady in an exhibit at Fred Torres Collaborations featuring 45 deeply felt drawings, poems and song lyrics. Colored pencil and watercolor are the mediums through which the rocker bares her soul sans microphone. Through June 15.
Helmut Lang, “Sculptures” After leaving the runway in 2005, former designer Helmut Lang makes his first foray into the New York art world with a sculpture exhibit co-curated by art dealer Mark Fletcher. Using found objects like foam and rubber, the 20-some structures are stacked in enigmatic shapes. Through June 15.
“Sound Graffiti” You don’t have to be indoors to experience art in the city: “Sound Graffiti,” a project from creative agency CNNCTD+, has planted “play” buttons all over the Manhattan grid with recordings from big-name artists. Plug in your headphones at the locations and hear Cindy Sherman talk about art on the Bowery, or learn about the phenomenal Jason Woodside mural on Kenmare Street.