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New York City

January 2–February 27

Born in Brooklyn, Jane Freilicher (1924–2014) studied with Hans Hofmann and came of age in the heyday of abstract expressionism. Though she moved comfortably among such abstractionists as Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell, she remained committed to representation in her own art, much like her colleagues Fairfield Porter and Alex Katz.

Kasmin Gallery began representing Freilicher’s estate in 2017, and now its second show, Parts of a World, highlights her intimate domestic subject matter through 15 still lifes ranging in date from the 1950s through the 2000s. Many of them depict flowers, which Freilicher painted in the same spirit as Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, unconcerned by their traditional associations with femininity. They are seen, up close or at a distance, among the casual disorder of the artist’s studios in lower Manhattan and Long Island.

New York City

through February 12

From witches and satyrs to angels and mermaids,, which uses nearly 20 Old Master and early modern drawings to survey shifting views of mysticism and alchemy as conveyed through mythology, religion, and literature. The artworks date from the 16th through the early 20th centuries. Endowed through the Pittsburgh Foundation by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, The Bennett Prize is devoted to helping female realist painters find the parity that has eluded them historically. In November the organizers of The Bennett Prize 2.0 announced the program’s 10 finalists. They had received 674 entries from across the U.S., easily surpassing the inaugural edition.

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