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Art exhibitions, installations coming to the city in 2018

A new year brings new art to New York City.

As we say “goodbye” to 2017, there’s much to look forward to in the art world in the coming year, including a giant portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin made out of 5,000 bullet shells.

The piece, which stands roughly 8 feet, 5 inches tall, is one of five pieces in an art installation by Ukrainian activists Daria Marchenko and Daniel Green, called “Five Elements of War.” Putin’s face is made out of bullet cartridges gathered during Russia’s military conflict with Ukraine in Donbas.

Other artworks to keep an eye out for are less political in nature, including 3-D paper sculptures by Bodys Isek Kingelez at the Museum of Modern Art; Andy Warhol’s “Green Coca-Cola Bottles” at the Whitney Museum of American Art; a personal archive of 400 objects belonging to David Bowie, including his costumes and lyrics sheets, at the Brooklyn Museum; and an exhibit of photography by younger artists at MoMA.

Below, you’ll find some of the exciting art exhibits to see in 2018, so you can get a head start in January.

'The Face of War' at the Ukrainian Institute

Marchenko and Green produced give large-scale artworks after
Photo Credit: Daria Marchenko and Daniel D. Green

Marchenko and Green produced five large-scale artworks after their experiences in the 2014 uprising against the country's Russian-backed regime, when they witnessed the deaths of their friends, according to the Ukrainian Institute. Quite possibly the most striking image is their large portrait of Putin made from 5,000 bullet shells called "The Face of War." Depending on the lighting, the "mood" of the piece is supposed to change. The artists incorporate found objects, including documents and shrapnel they found during the military conflict, in the other four artworks as well. (Free, Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, 2 E. 79th St., noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday,

Canova's 'George Washington' at the Frick

This plaster model of President George Washington, sculpted
Photo Credit: Fabio Zonta via The Frick Collection

This plaster model of President George Washington, sculpted by Italian artist Antonio Canova and commissioned by the North Carolina Senate, depicts the first president in ancient Roman dress, drafting his farewell address to the states. Revealed in 1821, people traveled from far and wide to see it, according to The Frick. The monument will be shown with four sketches, and related engravings and drawings. ($22, May 23 to Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 1 E. 70th St.,

'Before the Fall' at the Neue Galerie

Get a glimpse into pre-WWII life in the
Photo Credit: A. Paul Weber via Artists Rights Society

Get a glimpse into pre-WWII life in the artwork of German and Austrian artists at the Neue Galerie. This exhibition, showing 150 paintings and works on paper, will explore artistic developments that foreshadowed, reflected and accompanied the beginning of the war, according to the museum. One such piece is "Hitler: A German Doom" by A. Paul Weber (pictured). Work by other artists like Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst and others will also be on view. ($20, March 8 to May 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1048 Fifth Ave., Manhattan,

Mel Chin: 'All Over the Place'

Photo Credit: Mel Chin

"All Over the Place," a collection of over 70 works, will be spread out over several sites in the city, including the Queens Museum, Times Square and the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, where Chin's permanent work "Signal" is installed. The entire exhibition will feature drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, documents and public works that center on themes of environmental injustice, social awareness, history, cartography and ecology.
One piece called "Flint Fit (2017)" will use collected water bottles from Flint, Michigan to create thread and fabric. Fashion designer Tracy Reese will use those materials to create a clothing collection inspired by the concept of water.
Another piece, "Unmoored," will use augmented reality in Times Square to show what the city would look like if it flooded. "Wake," a sculpture that looks like the hull of a shipwreck will be placed next to the skeletal "remains" of a marine mammal. (Free, April 8 to Aug.12,

'Being: New Photography 2018' at MoMA

Works created since 2016 by 17 artists, both
Photo Credit: Aïda Muluneh / David Krut Projects

Photographs created since 2016 by 17 artists, a combination of artists who are just starting out and who are showing in New York for the first time, will be on view at MoMA starting this spring. Many of the photographers were born in the late 1970s and '80s and have not been featured at MoMA before. The artists explore photographic representations of personhood in today's society, when rights of representation are contested for many people, according to the museum. ($25, March 18-Aug.19, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, 11 W. 53rd St.,

'Birds of a Feather' at The Met

Joseph Cornell created 18 intricate boxes, two collages
Photo Credit: Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell created 18 intricate boxes, two collages and a sandtray artwork that were all inspired by Juan Gris' "The Man at the Cafe" from 1914. Completed over nearly two decades, Cornell's work features a white-crested cockatoo to pay homage to Gris' work. ($25 suggested donation, Jan. 23 to April 15, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1000 Fifth Ave.,

Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney

A comprehensive retrospective of the legendary Andy Warhol's
Photo Credit: Andy Warhol

A comprehensive retrospective of the legendary Andy Warhol's work will be featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art next fall. Visitors will be privy to work from his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s to his iconic pop masterpieces in the early 1960s. His experimental work and abstraction from the '70s and '80s will also be part of the large exhibit. ($25, opens November 2018, 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, 11 W. 53rd St.,

'David Bowie is' at The Brooklyn Museum

See more than 400 personal objects that belonged
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Express

See more than 400 personal objects that belonged to David Bowie, from more than 60 of the artist's original costumes to handwritten lyric sheets from famous songs and original album art, photographs and videos. The exhibit has been traveling around the world for the past five years and is ending at the Brooklyn Museum. ($20, March 2 to July 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, except Thursday which is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 200 Eastern Parkway, ">

Bodys Isek Kingelez retrospective at MoMA

This Congolese sculptor worked with paper, commercial packaging
Photo Credit: Bodys Isek Kingelez via Maurice Aeschimann / CAAC – The Pigozz

This Congolese sculptor worked with paper, commercial packaging and every day materials to build what he called "extreme maquettes" or small dioramas of civic buildings, public monuments and private pavilions. The exhibit shows pieces from his 25-year career, from creations featuring sprawling cities to his futuristic late works, according to the museum. ($25, May 26 to Oct. 21, 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, 11 W. 53rd St.,

'Scenes from the Collection' at the Jewish Museum

The third floor of the Jewish Museum will
Photo Credit: Nicole Eisenman via The Jewish Museum

The third floor of the Jewish Museum will be completely devoted to showing off its collection of more than 650 works, from antiquities to contemporary art, many of which will be on view for the first time. Expect to see ornate menorahs, a variety of paintings, a silver and gilded torah crown and more. The items selected are meant to instill the essence of Jewish identity from the past and the present, and how it has influence the larger world. ($15, opens Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Saturday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, 1109 Fifth Ave.,


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