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This Spring, stop by your favorite art gallery to see everything from Japanese sculpture to childlike drawing to abstract painting. Exhibitions have just recently opened or will open in the next week and continue for the next few months. Whether you have just an hour to kill on an afternoon or an entire weekend to devote to traipsing through Manhattan, you'll want to put these eight exhibitions on your list.

Kan Yasuda
Kan Yasuda Eykyn Maclean

Kan Yasuda

Kan Yasuda
6 May – 27 June 2014
Eykyn Maclean
23 East 67th Street, 2nd floor
New York, 10065

This is the "first U.S. exhibition of internationally-renowned sculptor Kan Yasuda," a Japanese artist who has lived and worked in both Japan and Italy.  His fluid sculptural forms "merge the cultural traditions of East and West."  His marble sculptures are calming, soothing pieces that have been lovingly carved and carefully chosen.  Works on view are both small and super-sized.

Pierre Soulages
Pierre Soulages Dominique Lévy and Galerie Perrotin

Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages
24 April – 27 June 2014
Dominique Lévy and Galerie Perrotin
909 Madison Avenue
New York City

This is "the first American exhibition in ten years devoted to the most significant and internationally recognized living artist of France."  At 94 years old, Soulages is still an active, working artist whose large-scale paintings will be on view at the gallery space for two months.  Both new and old works will be displayed.  His works are abstract, usually colorless, and often created with slashing paint strokes.

Peter Sis: Cartography of the Mind
Peter Sis: Cartography of the Mind Czech Center New York

Peter Sis: Cartography of the Mind

Peter Sis: Cartography of the Mind
7 May – September 1 2014
Czech Center New York
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 

Drawings and watercolors by Czech artist Peter Sis will be on view at the cultural center for the rest of the spring and summer months, each of his works which "focuses on the artist’s poetic renditions of men’s unending quest for discovery."  Many beloved historical and literary characters make cameos in Sis's works, including the Little Prince, Charles Darwin, and Christopher Columbus.

Between Senses
Between Senses Hauser & Wirth

Between Senses

Anna Maria Maiolino: Between Senses
7 May – 21 June 2014
Hauser & Wirth
32 East 69th Street
New York, 10021

An influential Brazilian artist, Anna Maria Maiolino has been an active artist for the past fifty years.  Maiolino is a multi-disciplinary artist and her works on paper, canvas, sculptures, photos, and video will all be on display for over a month at the Hauser & Wirth gallery. She was an experimental artist whose life traveling from country to country influenced her art.

Fais-Mois L’Amour
Fais-Mois L’Amour ArtNowNY

Fais-Mois L’Amour

Fais-Mois L’Amour
1 – 24 May, 2014
548 W 28th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

This is "the first ever solo exhibition of Charles Quiles, Fais-Mois L’Amour (Make Love to Me). The exhibition will survey the past 11 years of work by the noted photographer in over 20 photographs and one new video installation selected from his work in the fashion industry, as well as from the artist’s personal archive."  The exhibition is a type of artistic diary that delves into the artist's private life.

Shirley Kaneda
Shirley Kaneda Galerie Richard

Shirley Kaneda

Shirley Kaneda: Space Without Space
26 April – 28 May, 2014
Galerie Richard
514 West 24th Street
New York 10011

This solo exhibition of Shirley Kaneda's paintings will be the artist's eighth in the metro area.  Her abstract art is often tied in to our modern digital world, many works referencing well-used applications like Photoshop and it's gray and white checkerboard pattern.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing
Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing Acquavella Galleries

Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing

Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing: Work from the Schorr Family Collection
1 May – 13 June, 2014
Acquavella Galleries
18 East 79th Street
New York 10075

Herbert and Lenore Schorr were two of Jean-Michel Basquiat's greatest friends and supporters.  Owning works before the artist even had his first show in New York, the Schorrs started collecting in 1981 and now own many of the works on paper that other collectors missed.  Twenty-two works on paper and two paintings of Basquiat's childlike scribbles will be on display for the next month.

The Shaped Canvas, Revisited
The Shaped Canvas, Revisited Luxembourg & Dayan

The Shaped Canvas, Revisited

The Shaped Canvas, Revisited
8 May – 3 July, 2014
Luxembourg & Dayan
64 East 77th Street
New York City

Mainly popularized in the 1960s. the shaped canvas "is frequently described as a hybrid of painting and sculpture."  Fifty years later, this gallery is revisiting the historic exhibition at the Guggenheim, and noting how the shaped canvas has survived for so many years.  More than fifteen artists are highlighted in the show, including well-known art-manipulators like Frank Stella, Lynda Benglis, and Richard Tuttle.