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NEW YORK’S SUMMER ART SHOWS ARE COMING TO A CLOSE— HERE’S WHAT NOT TO MISS, PLUS TWO MUST-SEE EXHIBITIONS COME SEPTEMBER.

Clockwise from L to R: A selection from Bad Dads Wes Anderson Group Show; “Two Paintings: Craig…” © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery; Frida Kahlo at NY Botanical Garden; Installation by Jacob Hashimoto; Jack Pierson; Jeffrey Milstein.

1. Frida Kahlo, NY Botanical Gardens | 5.15-11.1
A stunning study in primary colors and lush flora, the New York Botanical Gardens’ Frida Kahlo exhibit pays homage to the eminent Mexican painter’s affinity for the natural world, both at home and in her work. Inside the Garden’s on-site gallery hangs over a dozen rare Kahlo paintings and works on paper, while outdoors boasts a life-size replica of the artist’s Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City. Amongst brightly-colored pots, lush plants and personal belongings like Kahlo’s desk and easel, her original studio and garden are brought to life. 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx; 718.817.8779.

2. Jack Pierson, Cheim & Read | 6.25-8.29
Jack Pierson is a bi-coastal photographer and artist best known for his emotive photographs of stars like Naomi Campbell and Brad Pitt, and his wall-art phrases made of mismatched letters from old diners, hotels and casinos. Pierson’s new exhibition casts an entirely different shadow however: in a series of watercolor and graphite works on paper, paintings and driftwood assemblages, the artist finds beauty in nature during a self-imposed retreat on the island of North Captiva. The abstract and saturated works are done in the style of “automatic drawing,” a Surrealist technique largely attributed to André Masson. “It’s just like my brain dancing on paper,” says Pierson. “At the core, these are—after all, the paintings of an old beatnik.” 547 W 25th Street; 212.242.7727.

3. Bad Dads Wes Anderson Show, Joseph Gross Gallery | 8.6-8.9
As fans of Hollywood director Wes Anderson know, his films are as much about captivating visuals as they are oddball characters and lovable eccentricities- who could forget that red barrette and mink on Margot Tenenbaum or the candy-coated pink hotel in The Grand Budapest Hotel? Whichever the film, Anderson builds worlds that are both inimitable and iconic. Now, in a special tribute to the famed director, over 80 artists contribute original works inspired by the filmmaker. Featuring paintings, sculptures and limited edition screen prints, the show is on display at Chelsea’s Joseph Gross Gallery for four days only. 548 W 28th Street, 646.535.6528.

4. Summer Group Show, Pace Gallery | 7.15-8.21
Those looking for a selection of modern works by a variety of artists will be pleased with Pace Gallery’s current summer group show. Featuring artists like Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Fernand Léger and Richard Tuttle, the exhibition includes minimalist illustrations, paintings, installations and lithographs. 32 E. 57th Street; 212.421.3292.

5. Jeffrey Milstein, Benrubi Gallery | 7.9-8.22 
Bronx-born Jeffrey Milstein is looking at the modern world from a new vantage point— that is, through his aerial, panoramic photographs of major cities, ports and hubs. The series— aptly titled “Flying Over New York,” “Flying Over LA” and so on— highlights the grandiose nature of today’s man-made society through sweeping, vibrant images of colossal architecture and geometric city plans shot from above. Milstein is regularly featured in top glossies like GQ, Architectural Digest, Esquire and ELLE Décor, and has works on permanent display at LACMA, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC and the Akron Art Museum. 521 W 26th Street, 2nd Fl.; 212.888.6007.

6. Rise of Sneaker Culture, Brooklyn Museum | 7.10-10.4
From Jerry Seinfeld’s white Nikes to the high-tops of so many hip hop artists, the sneaker has become a universal accessory and cultural icon. Chronicling its evolution from humble footwear to fashion statement and status symbol, the Brooklyn Museum presents “Rise of Sneaker Culture,” an exhibition featuring roughly 150 pairs from sportswear brands like Adidas and Converse to luxury fashion houses like Prada. Special artist collaborations like Damien Hirst x Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Stars are also on display, as are private collections from the likes of hip hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and dj-come-sneaker-aficionado Bobbito Garcia. 200 Eastern Parkway; 718.638.5000.

7. Jacob Hashimoto Skyfarm Fortress, Mary Boone Gallery | 9.6-10.25 Viewing Jacob Hashimoto’s installations first-hand is a bit like stepping inside a life-size kaleidoscope: his signature bamboo and paper kite sculptures span wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, engulfing you in a world of seemingly-floating, multi-color planes. Chelsea’s Mary Boone gallery says the installations represent “Brutalism at its most ethereal” with the artist’s Skyfarm Fortress being his first large-scale installation in New York.  Relying on suspended origami-like cubes to create a three-dimensional, architectural collage, the interactive show promises to be one of the more sensory art experiences come fall. 541 W 24th Street; 212.752.2929.

8. Roy Lichtenstein “Greene Street Mural,” Gagosian Gallery | 9.10-10.17
American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is beloved for his cartoonish, comic book paintings, but some of his greatest works— a series of punchy, short-lived wall murals— have never been seen by the rising generation of art enthusiasts. Like Lichtenstein’s “Greene Street Mural,” a temporary wall painting he created at the Castelli Gallery (142 Greene Street) in 1983, then destroyed after the six-week show. Now, more than thirty years later, Gagosian Gallery is breathing new life into the work with a to-scale replica of the original work under the guidance of the artist’s former studio assistant. The mural is of course rendered in Lichtenstein’s signature style of pop lexicon featuring everyday elements like marble-patterned notebooks, filing cabinets and folding chairs alongside Art Deco motifs and expressive characters. In kindred spirit with the original, the replica will be destroyed at the exhibit’s end. 555 W. 24th Street; 212.741.1111.

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