Sperone Westwater Gallery Exterior by Peter Guthrie

Perhaps one of New Yorks most historically infamous neighborhoods, Manhattans Lower East Side has since given way to a booming art scene, with a mix of mega-brand as well as indie galleries and artists. For this months gallery guide, our Art Editor hitches a ride downtown (way downtown) and profiles the best shows from now through August. 


By Harry Feldman


Bertozzi & Casoni 
Composizione n. 13, 2008 
Glazed ceramic 
68 1/2 x 127 1/8 x 9 7/8 inces 
Courtesy Sperone Westwater
Bertozzi & Casoni at Sperone Westwater Gallery

257 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

June 13 - July 31 

Since meeting in art school, Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni have built impressive careers crafting ceramics with a hyper-realistic attention to detail. For their current show, the Italian duo alludes to mass-production and industry, first referenced by Warhol in the Sixties. The team highlights the relationship between virtuosic skill and ready-made materials in the age of mechanized fabrication with tableaus of decaying egg cartons, spilled paint cans, and broken Brillo boxes (Warhols iconic subject).


Patrick Van Caeckenbergh
Drawing of Old Trees during wintry days, 2007-2014
Pencil and paint on paper
20.79 x 40.35 inches
Photo: Alex Delfanne 
Courtesy Lehmann Maupin
Patrick Van Caeckenbergh at Lehmann Maupin

201 Chrystie, New York, NY 10002

June 23 - August 21

Relatively unknown outside of Belgium, artist Patrick Van Caeckenberghcomposes photorealistic drawings of trees from the memory of his own garden, adding surrealist elements like whimsical doors and playful bells to otherwise realist scenesthe contrast of which plays with the idea of recall and remembrance. 


Albert Oehlen
Home and Garden, 2015
Exhibition view: New Musuem 
Photo: Benoit Pailley
Albert Oehlen at New Museum 

235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

June 10 - September 13

The New Museum has taken on the long overdue task of staging Albert Oehlens first New York museum show. Since the Eighties, the legendary painter and art-world rebel has championed what has been referred to as “bad painting”—visually indefinable cacophonies mixing figuration, collage, and even his own “selfies” into a single work. Don’t miss his series of digital paintings from the early Eighties, which the artist used his rudimentary laptop to digitally paint. The works were finished by hand, aiming to display the ineptitude of computers in the artistic realm—whether you agree or not is for you to decide.


Tiger Tiger
Group installation, 2015
Exhibition view: Salon 94
Courtesy Salon 94
Tiger Tiger at Salon 94

243 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

July 7 - August 21

Take a visual vacation at Tiger Tiger at Salon 94. With sculpture, painting and ceramics (a special interest of the gallery), the show includes the tropically-themed works of fifteen up-and-coming artists. Make sure to check out the pieces by Katherine Bernhardt, who has a solo show opening at Venus Over Manhattan later this fall.