Your Guide to Art and the City

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[title subtitle="Gallery Hop to Your Heart's Content"]Insta-Worthy Art Installations[/title] Happy Leap Day, beautiful people! I hope you're celebrating it with a big mug of coffee and an exceptionally wide grin. Just in case you didn't watch the  Academy Awards last night, Leo finally won his first Oscar. Today's a good day.

Speaking of today, February 29th only happens once every four years. It's kind of bittersweet, don't you think? We all get to give the Hallmark month of love its proper send off and kiss goodbye before tackling March, a month of unpredictable weather for a full 31 days.

If you're still sticking to your New Year's resolutions, kudos! I am too. Aside from committing to exercise and maintaining healthy eating habits, exploring the city was a high priority of mine. After this past month, I'm happy to report that I've done a fair share of gallery hopping.

So, whether you're planning activities for weekend or month ahead, I highly suggest squeezing in a visit to some of my favorite on-going art installations. Trust me, they make for truly amazing Instagram backdrops.

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Amphibia
February 18 - March 26, 2016
510 West 26 Street, New York, NY 10001

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Multimedia artist Regina Silveira explores the perception of spaces in this room-sized mixed media installation, Amphibia. Covering both the walls and the floors of the Alexander Gray Associates Gallery, the large scale work—oversized frog sihouettes—parallels today's social and political concerns.

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Sundew and Selected Works 1957-2014
January 28 - March 12, 2016
257 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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The Serone Westwater Gallery honors the late artist Onno Piene in the first solo exhibition of his work since his last one in 2010. Among the carefully curated paintings, sculptures, and installations, the radical Lichtballetette or light ballets, takes center stage, by exploring the cross section of science, nature, and technology through spectral dance.

[infobox subtitle="Bryce Wolkowitz" bg="black" color="white" opacity="off" space="30" link="http://brycewolkowitz.com/h/exhibition_images.php?e=64"]Paula Scher[/infobox]

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February 18 - March 26, 2016
505 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

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In her second solo exhibition at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, artist Paula Scher created cartographic paintings of the United States. Ranging up to seven-feet tall, the maps depict a swirling of information from hand-painted boundary lines, to place names, to population demographics, and to personal commentary. A command of image and type, her artwork speaks volumes of the way she perceives diversity.

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Sea of Buddha
February 5 - March 5, 2016
510 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001

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The Sea of Buddha explores artist Hiroshi Sugimoto's interest in light, history, and time. Precise in compositional balance, all 48 of the black-and-white images that make up Sea of Buddha rely on repetition to create a limitless expanse of figures in space. The installation of photographs is also accompanied by Accelerated Buddha, a video work, where Sugimoto expands his investigation of time through the progression of images that transition rapidly into one another.

[infobox subtitle="David Zwirner" bg="black" color="white" opacity="off" space="30" link="http://www.davidzwirner.com/exhibition/doug-wheeler-encasements/"]Doug Wheeler[/infobox]

Encasements
January 23 - March 5, 2016
519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10001

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Comprised of five "encasements," Encasement is artist Dough Wheeler's third solo exhibition with the David Zwirner Gallery. It is also his first showing of more than two bodies of light. A pioneer in the Light and Space movement of Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, Wheeler manipulates space, volume, and light with mediums that include large panels of vacuum-formed plastic with neon lighting embedded along their inside edges. Installed in a white room, the light paintings immerse viewers in a luminous space where light seems to have a particulate mass.