This Week in Art Openings: Christoph Draeger, Yuichi Higashionna & Berlinde de Bruyckere

Mary Logan Barmeyer

Christoph Draeger, "The End of the Remake"
Society is fascinated with disaster, and so is Christoph Draeger. In this exhibition, Draeger takes the work of iconic artists Marcel Duchamp, Alfred Hitchcock and Michelangelo Antonioni and reinterprets their work in remixes and remakes that underscore his inclination for works of doom. A reconstruction of Duchamp’s “Large Glass” and a deconstruction of the mushroom cloud over Nagasaki show the dangers of modernism and technology, emphasizing the escapism and disengagement in our society. For a welcome taste of this escapism and disengagement, head for the smaller gallery, converted into a psychedelic hippie dungeon with videos including Hippie Movie, about a utopian hippie movement he created one year ago in Warsaw.
Roebling Hall, 606 W. 26th St., (212) 929-8180. Opening reception October 9, 6–8 p.m. Through November 15.

Yuichi Higashionna
The dangling light sculptures in the project space appear at once grand and beautiful, and kitschy and cheap, and are inspired by fanshii, which is reflected in the Japanese obsession with Western culture during good economic times in the1970s. The sculptures serve as chandeliers inspired by interior decorating of Japanese homes of that era, accented with plastic mirrors, stenciled paintings and wood paneling wallpaper, nodding to the fluorescent, tacky aesthetic of the time. This is Higashionna’s first solo exhibition in New York.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 W. 24th St., (212) 680-9889. Opening reception October 10, 6–8 p.m. Through November 1.

Berlinde de Bruyckere
Berlinde de Bruyckere is known for her horse sculptures -- most notably "The Black Horse" of the 2003 Venice Biennale. In this exhibition, her headless wax and epoxy sculptures capture human suffering and vulnerability. The Flemish artist hand paints multiple layers of wax to her pieces, giving the sculptures eerily flesh-like and bruised tones. Despite the inevitable pathos of the works, weirdly, they come with a feeling of peace.
Yvon Lambert, 550 W. 21st St., (212) 242-3611. Opening reception October 10, 6–8 p.m. Through November 15.

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