The Week in Pictures

A Heroic German Art Dealer Gets His Due, Scenes From Galleries Across the City, & More

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Curator Paul Schimmel of Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel gave a tour of the new show of dealer Reinhard Onnasch's collection at Hauser & Wirth, here discussing work by Edward Kienholz
Curator Paul Schimmel of Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel gave a tour of the new show of dealer Reinhard Onnasch's collection at Hauser & Wirth, here discussing work by Edward Kienholz
In this majestic painting by Barnett Newman, Schimmel says, the artist tried to "invent a color that was the embodiment of life" and wound up with this aqueous blue-green pushing up against an earthy brown, but split apart by an "arcangel of light itself." The strain of making this painting may have contributed to Newman's heart failure, the curator said.
In this majestic painting by Barnett Newman, Schimmel says, the artist tried to "invent a color that was the embodiment of life" and wound up with this aqueous blue-green pushing up against an earthy brown, but split apart by an "arcangel of light itself." The strain of making this painting may have contributed to Newman's heart failure, the curator said.
This dangling plug by Claes Oldenburg unites both male and female and minimalism and Pop, seeming enormously heavy but made out of balsa wood and weighing only 40 pounds, "like magic," Schimmel said.
This dangling plug by Claes Oldenburg unites both male and female and minimalism and Pop, seeming enormously heavy but made out of balsa wood and weighing only 40 pounds, "like magic," Schimmel said.
A terrific Jim Dine painting
A terrific Jim Dine painting
A nerve-wracking early Richard Serra
A nerve-wracking early Richard Serra
A fantastically unusual painting by the fantastically unusual John Wesley
A fantastically unusual painting by the fantastically unusual John Wesley
From left, another Jim Dine painting and a George Segal sculpture featuring a cast of none other than storied late Met contemporary art curator Henry Geldzahler
From left, another Jim Dine painting and a George Segal sculpture featuring a cast of none other than storied late Met contemporary art curator Henry Geldzahler
Robert Rauschenberg's <em>Pilgrim</em> from 1960 is one of the highlights of the Hauser & Wirth show
Robert Rauschenberg's Pilgrim from 1960 is one of the highlights of the Hauser & Wirth show
Another view of that plug
Another view of that plug
A trompe l'oeil painting from Josephine Halvorson's terrific show at Sikkema Jenkins
A trompe l'oeil painting from Josephine Halvorson's terrific show at Sikkema Jenkins
Ted Gahl's show at Dodge Gallery has almost sold out
Ted Gahl's show at Dodge Gallery has almost sold out
Another Ted Gahl
Another Ted Gahl
Keith Sonnier at Pace
Keith Sonnier at Pace
A painting by Robert Bechtle at Barbara Gladstone
A painting by Robert Bechtle at Barbara Gladstone
Jason Dodge at Casey Kaplay
Jason Dodge at Casey Kaplay
Splendid painting/plastic tray thingies by Hayley Tompkins at Andrew Kreps
Splendid painting/plastic tray thingies by Hayley Tompkins at Andrew Kreps
Enjoying the Yoko Ono <em>Wish Tree</em> in Chelsea
Enjoying the Yoko Ono Wish Tree in Chelsea
A soaring Joel Shapiro at Paula Cooper
A soaring Joel Shapiro at Paula Cooper
Carrie Mae Weems has two floors of the Guggenheim for her retrospective there
Carrie Mae Weems has two floors of the Guggenheim for her retrospective there
A work from Weems's kitchen table series
A work from Weems's kitchen table series
More Weems
More Weems
A Brice Marden in MoMA's lobby
A Brice Marden in MoMA's lobby
A peaceful moment in MoMA's private sculpture garden... dun dun DUN!
A peaceful moment in MoMA's private sculpture garden... dun dun DUN!

If you're an important gallerist who made a mark on New York City's postwar art landscape, now is your time to shine, it seems. Ileana Sonnabend is being celebrated at MoMA with a show of her staggering collection, Holly Sollomon's legacy is getting a tribute at Mixed Greens and Pavel Zoubok Gallery, and now an even bigger—as in really, really big—survey has opened at Hauser & Wirth's 18th Street space (formerly the Roxy) presenting the collection of Reinhard Onnasch.

Who, you ask? Though certainly not a name bandied about much anymore, Onnasch—who, unlike the other two dealers, is alive and well—played a heroic role in the 1970s after opening his gallery on Spring Street with Gerhard Richter's first solo show in the United States, thereafter helping open up lines of communication and exchange between the enormously active New York and Berlin art scenes. He was also a champion of the Abstract Expressionists, reaching an accord with the famously truculent Clyfford Still (Onnasch sold ten of the only 100 paintings the artist allowed to go to market) and acquiring major works by him and Barnett Newman, as well as such luminaries of the following generations as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, John Wesley, and Larry Rivers.

The history behind the collection was elucidated last week by an ebullient Paul Schimmel, who led a tour of the exhibition as the new marquee name of the planned Hauser, Wirth, & Schimmel gallery in Los Angeles, to which he decamped after a long tenure at MOCA. So we checked that out, as well as a bunch of other shows including Jason Dodge at Casey Kaplan, Joel Shapiro at Paula Cooper, Keith Sonnier at Pace, Ted Gahl at Dodge Gallery, and Carrie Mae Weems at the Guggenheim

To see pictures from the week's gallery excursions, flip through the slide show above.

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