Current Exhibitions:

DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE IN CHELSEA View recent sculpture and large-scale drawings by Brooklyn artist John Beech. The works challenge us playfully to extend our ideas of traditional art terminology and to question what a painting is or what a sculpture should look like. Pictured above is “Dumpster Drawing, 2000.” Continues thru Sept. 10. Peter Blum Gallery, 99 Wooster St. Tues. – Fri. from 10am – 6pm and Sat. from 11am – 6pm. 212-343-0441.

SUMMER ART EXHIBITION A group show of works by Brian Pilliod, Cordy Ryman and Alex Yudzon offers mystery, play, complex psychological structure and fresh vision. Pictured above is “Untitled” by Alex Yudzon (2005). Thru Fri., Aug. 5. Tues. – Sat. from 11am – 6pm. Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, 13 Jay Street. 212-925-9424. www.cherylpelavin.com.

COMIC-INSPIRED ARTWORK View a vibrant selection of comic and comic-inspired artwork by twenty contemporary artists who use comic imagery to depict a diverse array of real and imaginary characters. Continues thru Sept. 5. Mon. – Fri. from 8am – 5pm and Sun. from 9am – 5pm. A reception will be held on Thurs., July 21 from 6-8pm. Sunshine Factory, 11 Essex St., bet. Canal & Hester Sts. 212-420-7240.

atm gallery, 511 W. 20th St., call for hours, 212-375-0349: “Remarkable Hands,” three person show curated by Taka Kawachi, July 15-Aug. 26.

blumarts, Inc., 99 Wooster St., Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-343-0441: JOHN BEECH, recent sculpture and large scale drawings, through Sep. 17.

center for architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 212-683-0023: “Policy and Design for Housing: Lessons of the Urban Developement Coporation 1968-1975,” major exhibition assessing past and current housing programs, through Sep. 10.

center for jewish history, 15 W. 16th St., Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 212-294-8330: “Greetings From Home: 350 Years of American Jewish Life,” historical exhibition telling the story of the first Jews to arrive in North America, through Sep. 15; “YIVO at 80: Triumphs & Treasures,” highlights of the collection of the institute, through Sep. 15.

cheryl pelavin, 13 Jay St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-925-9424: BRIANPILLIOD, CORDY RYMAN & ALEX YUDZON, group exhibition, through Aug. 5.

dfn gallery, 176 Franklin St., Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 212-334-3400: “Animal Tales,” Summer group exhibition, through Sep. 2.

madison square park, Fifth Ave. between 23rd & 26th St., 212-538-4689:”Circle With Towers,” outdoor concrete sculpture by SOL LEWITT, through December.

maiden lane exhibition space, 125 Maiden Lane, 212-785-3608: “Proposal for the First Airport on Mars,” new media works by LAURA EMRICK, through Sep. 18.

moss gallery, 152 Greene St., 212-204-7106: “Les Visiteurs d’Ete (Summer Visitors),” exhibition of 42 vintage porcelain busts from the historic archives of France’s ancient royal manufactory, Sevres, also illuminated by eight chandeliers created by Baccarat, through Aug. 21.

multiple impressions, 128 Spring St., Mon., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun., noon-6:30 p.m., 212-925-1313: HENRI MATISSE, vintage exhibition posters, printed by Mourlot, July 15-22.

nancy hoffman gallery, 429 W. Broadway, July Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 212-966-6676: “Elusive Surface,” group exhibition showing the range of possibilities of the application of paint, through Sep. 10; “Eve,” group exhibition exploring the beguiling female gaze first encountered in the Garden of Eden, through Sep. 10.

new york downtown hospital, 170 William St., call for hours, 212-312-5000: “Stillness of Nature,” photographs by REX H. WU, MD, through Sep. 22.

ramakrishnananda Center, 96 Ave. B, Sun.-Fri., 1:30-5:30 p.m., 646-436-7010: Sacred art collection, Far East works portraying Gods and demigods, deities and others characters from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, open ended.

redux pictures gallery, 116 E. 16th St., call for hours, 212-254-5240: “Kindsight,” photographs from the new book by ROBERT ZUCKERMAN, through Aug. 26.

the ritz-carlton, 2 West St. & Battery Place, 212-206-6674: “Look and See,” new 9 ton sculpture by JIM HODGES presented by Creative Time for the Art on the Plaza series, through Oct. 30.

Streit’s Matzos, 148-154 Rivington St., varying hours & by appointment, 212-677-0876: Grand opening of “The Matzo Files,” an open ended group exhibition of over 250 artists presented in boxes & files, with a rotating selection of featured, curated art shows, call for more information or go to matzofiles.org for more information, an alternative, non-profit organization supporting local & outside artists who are emerging, all work is for sale.

sunshine factory gallery, 11 Essex St., Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 917-562-8468: “A Cast of Characters,” comic and comic inspired artwork, through Sep. 5.

tibet house, 22 W. 15th St., Mon.-Fri., noon-6 p.m., 212-343-0290: Mongolian “Tsam” masks & costumes by GANKHUYAG NATSAG, through Aug. 19.

westbeth Gallery, 57 Bethune St., 212-989-4650: “Summer Light II – The Far West Village: What We Are Trying to Save?” art by Westbeth residents and friends exploring the heritage of the neighborhood, coming in Aug.

Notable Spaces:

abrons arts center, Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400.

american primitive gallery, 594 Broadway, #205, 212-966-1530.

anton kern gallery, 532 W. 20th St., 212-367-9663.

art in general, 79 Walker St., 212-219-0473.

atlantic gallery, 40 Wooster St., 212-219-3183.

Bellwether, 134 Tenth Ave., Tue.-Sat., 212-929-5959.

center for architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 212-358-6126.

ceres gallery, 547 W. 27th St., Suite 201, 212-947-6100.

cfm gallery, 112 Greene St., 212-966-3864.

claire oliver fine art, 529 W. 20th St., 212-929-5949.

the drawing center, 35 Wooster St., 212-219-2166.

franklin 54 gallery, 54-56 Franklin St., 212-732-0009.

fraunces tavern museum, 54 Pearl St., 212-425-1778.

fresh art, 548 Broadway, 3rd fl., 646-262-3273.

gallery viet nam, 345 Greenwich St., 212-431-5888.

hebrew union college, One W. Fourth St., 212-824-2205.

henry street settlement, Abrons Arts Center, 212-598-0400.

here arts center, 145 Sixth Ave., 212-647-0202.

june kelly gallery, 591 Broadway, 212-226-1660.

latin collector, 153 Hudson St., 212-334-7813.

leica gallery, 670 Broadway, 212-777-3051.

multiple impressions, 128 Spring St., 212-925-1313.

national association of women artists gallery, 80 Fifth Ave., Suite 1405, 212-675-1616.

NEW YORK CITY FIRE MUSEUM, 278 Spring St., 212-691-1303.

the painting center, 52 Greene St., 212-243-1060.

peter blum gallery, 99 Wooster St., Tue.-Fri., 212-343-0523.

salmagundi club, 47 Fifth Ave., 212-255-7740.

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM, Schermerhorn Row Galleries, 12 Fulton St, 212-748-8600.

Synaogue for the arts, 49 White St., 212-966-7141.

synchronicity fine arts, 106 W. 13th St., 646-230-8199.

Terrain Gallery/Aesthetic realism foundation, 141 Greene St., 212-777-4490.

WESTBETH GALlery, 57 Bethune St., 212-989-4650.

yeshiva university museum, 15 West 16th St., 212 -294-8330.