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Top 5 gallery shows in NYC on view in January 2014

"Double Water Drawing" (2013) by Mel Kendrick
"Double Water Drawing" (2013) by Mel KendrickThe David Nolan Gallery

Below is a list of notable exhibitions on view this month at galleries in New York City that are worth a visit:

1. Mel Kendrick: Water Drawings: Kendrick presents 20 new works on paper which he refers to as “Water Drawings” where his cast-paper drawings are coated with a black pigment, resulting in deep imprints and overlapping forms. “There’s a constant exchange (in the overlapping form) that gives them an internal logic,” the artist explains. At The David Nolan Gallery, 527 W. 29th St., through Mar. 1. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

2. Anoka Farquee—Future Perfect: Farquee presents recent works coming from three different series of paintings where she makes use of wave formations and magnetic fields and then she paints over the canvas and sands the dry surface, leaving behind radiant patterns. At Koenig and Clinton, 459 W. 19th St. through Feb. 22. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

3. There is More Downstairs: This 4-person exhibition features work by Shannon Plumb, Bridgette Nahon, Houben R.T., and Felix Aarts. These artists offer paintings, sculptures, and film that maintain tradition but also aspire to new methods and ways of thinking. At The Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, 29 Orchard St., through Feb. 23. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sundays from Noon until 6 p.m.

4. Daniel Rich: Systematic Anarchy: Rich presents several new paintings that examine how the reproduction of an image shapes our perception of physical structure and their ideologies. Rich explains that his theme is “the highly symbolic role architecture plays in politics and its power to function as a vehicle for the inscription of history.” At The Peter Blum Gallery, 20 W. 57th St., through Mar. 15. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

5. Josephine Halvorson—Facings: Halvorson presents several paintings of wooden doors and windows where she highlights differences in texture, light, and temperature. At Sikkema and Jenkins, 530 W. 22nd St., through Mar. 1. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.