thru Feb 2:

Woman To Go
 Mathilde ter Heijne

Jack Hanley Gallery, 327 Broome St., NYC

part of an ongoing traveling installation displaying postcards which can be taken for free. Each postcard shows a portrait of an unknown woman that lived between 1839 (the beginning of photography with Daguerreotypes) and the 1920s. On the message side is the biography of a known woman who was influential or extraordinary in her time. The pictures and biographies were collected from all over the world. The women whose biographies are known, all struggled for their individual goals in a world where men were predominant, where women didn’t have the right to vote or to own property, and only men were thought to be worth remembering. Most of these women have been forgotten and the many unknown women help us to remember the known. The postcards are to be taken for free in order to give people the opportunity to “take away” a female role model, or a little source of inspiration.”

FEATURED ARTIST: Margaret Lee’s deceptively realistic sculptures are, to use the artist’s term, “handmade readymades.” Lee works as both an artist and a curator, her frequent collaborations with other artists toe the line between both roles, raising questions about authorship and the structure of the art market. Lee recently exhibited an installation at MoMA PS1 in New Pictures of Common Objects and will show work in the upcoming Lyon Biennial. She founded the artist-run space 179 Canal in 2009 and is currently a partner in the gallery 47 Canal. Lee was recently selected by Beatrix Ruf and Peter Eleey as the recipient of the 2012 Artadia NADA prize and was named one of Modern Painter’s 24 artists to watch in 2013.

Margaret Lee, Installation view, Waiting for ####, November 12-December 10, 2011, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery. Photography credit Joerg Lohse.

opens Fri, May 23, 6-8p:

Geo Land
 Alain Biltereyst
Jack Hanley Gallery, 327 Broome St., NYC

Belgium-based painter Alain Biltereyst’s small works on plywood are concerned with everyday, contemporary life. The artist is inspired by geometric forms that he sees on a daily basis, such as logos on currency, advertising on the sides of trucks, and fences against a landscape. He strives to interpret this ‘Geo Land’ into works that are “as simple and poetic as possible.” Formal repetition and color choices reflect the artist’s background in graphic design and fascination with commercial and other urban signs, where the lines between culture and subculture are blurred. Beneath the hard edge geometry of each composition, lies a painterly gesture, implying a depth in the otherwise flat composition. - thru June 22