Recommendations . . .

TIME AGAIN @ Sculpture Center (44-19 Purves Street Queens) On View till July 25

This group exhibition features a wide range of artists working in all media under the theme of “language” and its many manifestations in contemporary art, be it process, form or content: Richard Aldrich, Troy Brauntuch, Manon de Boer, Matthew Buckingham, Moyra Davey, Thea Djordjadze, Aurélien Froment, Rachel Harrison, Charline von Heyl, Ull Hohn, William E. Jones, Elad Lassry, Rosalind Nashashibi, Blinky Palermo, Laure Prouvost, Steve Roden, Emily Roysdon and Rosemarie Trockel.

MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS @ P.P.O.W. (535 West 22nd Street, 3rd floor) Opening Thursday July 28 at 6PM

Featuring: Bas Jan Ader, Olaf Breuning, Jennifer Cohen, Scott Hug, Kevin Lips, Niall McClelland, Jesse McLean, Kristie Muller, Rbt. Sps. and Brent Stewart.  “Their works concern themselves with an intensely personal present tense, with lives lived and documented in real time. These works are inward, solipsistic, and in some instances, similar to an occult experience or an exercise in ritualized revelation. The art object is often left over from actions performed in service of an impossible quest, or crafted in playful celebration of it. These artists seem to exist in cultural peripheries, lobbing ruminations out of left fields, revealing epistemological truths—truths that have little or nothing to do with changing the world.”

AFFINITIES: PAINTING IN ABSTRACTION @ D’Amelio Terras  (525 West 22nd Street, 3rd floor) On View till August 19

Thought action painting was dead? Curator Kate McNamara brings together eight artists exploring abstraction in bold new ways: Polly Apfelbaum, Nicole Cherubini, Joanne Greenbaum, Suzanne McClelland, Jenny Monick, Carrie Moyer, Dona Nelson and Laurel Sparks.

CONTEMPORARY SLAVERY @ Exit Art (475 10th Avenue) On View till August 5

One of the dirty secrets of our global economy has been the return of slavery, as the worldwide rise in demand for goods and services has led to cutting corners and squeezing profits on the supply side. This show features the work of 14 photojournalists who have documented the phenomenon in its various manifestations—most notably, human trafficking for the international sex trade, along with the exploitation of farm and domestic workers, prisoners, immigrants, children and bonded laborers

DARA BIRNBAUM: ARABESQUE @ Marian Goodman Gallery (24 West 57th Street) On View till August 26

Birnbaum rose to prominence nearly four decades ago, with videos that subjected images appropriated from mainstream television to a sharp feminist critique. Several single-channel pieces from that period are included here, but the show’s centerpiece is a new multichannel installation titled Arabesque.

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