You never quite know what to prepare for entering one of Israeli art star Guy Ben-Ner's shows as he's equally prone to shock value videos of cats eating mice or orgies of venomous, creepy, crawling creatures, as he is to film himself and his son re-enacting the entire narrative of Moby Dick in his kitchen. We're hoping for a mix of the two in his new show Second Nature at Postmasters (April 3-May 8).
Gregory de La Haba has been the artist in residence at Williamsburg gallery Jack the Pelican for a while, so if you've visited there in the past year you probably saw his epically garish taxidermy horse sex scene in their project room. For his show Dawn of a New Era at NY Studio Gallery (April 15-May 8) we're looking forward to more of these explicit and extreme scenes lit by dramatic spots and neons, and draped in lavish fabrics.
We're sort of expecting more surreal, spirally, abstract chandelier and mobile-like hanging contraptions when Korean sculptor and installation artist Lee Bul unveils her latest work in Lehmann Maupin's sufficiently tall Chrystie Street space (April 21-June 19), but her ominous abstract works are so unpredictable that we wouldn't be surprised to find ourselves in another of her giant leather-bound bunkers instead.
There's an appealing, clean, retro aesthetic to Ryan Mrozowski's bright, nostalgic acrylic paintings of rural and suburban Americana, but things are often literally upside down in his magical realist works. In his show of recent works at Pierogi (April 23-May 23), look for astronauts—waiting obediently in a barn or being baptized in a river—and maybe another birth scene of babies being delivered from the sliced bellies of giant beached sharks. Obviously.
Though we're still very much on the fence about Shepard Fairey and his posterizing of famous photographs, we won't miss his next show, May Day at Deitch Projects (May 1-29) since it will be the gallery's last. Said Soho art star-vetting institution is closing, you may recall, because founder Jeffrey Deitch is moving to LA to take over its Museum of Contemporary Art.