Pop Art & Post-War Artwork from Onnasch Collection at Hauser & Wirth

New York City's grand museums are about to launch their big spring/summer exhibitions. We're especially looking forward to Ai Wei Wei in Brooklyn, and Jeff Koons Whitney takeover, which will be that institution's grand finale at their Upper East Side location. Until then, it seems like the perfect time to check out some gallery shows around town.

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Paula Scher’s MAPS Chelsea Exhibition at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Tsunami map painting by Paula Scher in Chelsea.

Sometimes it feels almost unfair, the amount of enviable things Paula Scher has accomplished in her career. She spent most of the 1970s as an art director at CBS and Atlantic Records, designing some 150 album covers a year, including that iconic, monster-hit debut Boston LP, with its trippy flying saucers. The 1980s were spent honing her already considerable typographic-integrated-design skills with posters, book jackets and branding, and then in 1991 she became a partner at Pentagram and, through her highly-influential work creating identities for such clients as the New York Public Theater, Citibank, the MoMA, Coca Cola, and the New York City Ballet, helped make the company into the world-renowned design firm that it is today. AND somehow over the years, Paula Scher has also found the time and energy to create an incredible series of massive, beautiful, insanely intricate paintings that she calls MAPS.   

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Richard Serra Junction & Cycle at Gagosian Chelsea NYC Gallery

Visitor walking around Serra's large art installation.

Two New Richard Serra Sculptures installed at Larry Gagosian Chelsea Gallery As usual, Larry Gagosian offers up the biggest show in Chelsea, NYC to start off the fall season. And we mean that literally: the biggest. Also: the heaviest, by about a gigaton or two. Yes, Richard Serra is working his usual massive-rusted-steel-plates magic here at the Chelsea Gagosian, but these two pieces, Junction and Cycle, are probably the largest, and most complex Serra sculptures we've ever had the pleasure of seeing. And wandering through. And getting lost within. 

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John Baldessari: Pure Beauty at the Met

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty, running now through January at the Met, is packed with the kind of visually clever, relentlessly entertaining works that have earned him recognition as one of the great pioneers of the Conceptual Art movement. In and of itself, this is an extremely engaging exhibition, filled with energy and spectacle and humor. But what really struck us is how so much of John Baldessari's artwork, some of it more than 40 years old now, would fit right in on the most forward-thinking art and design blogs. Goodbye to Boats (Sailing In), a series of self-portraits of the artist waving at boats? I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, written hundreds of times, over and over? Photographs of the Backs of Trucks, a series of shots taken from artist John Baldessari's car on a California freeway? All of these (and a lot more) have been directly copied, in conscious…

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