Enticing as the major art shows can be, often the time it takes to buy the ticket, check the coat and navigate the crowd can eat up an afternoon. Time, like money, is a commodity, so some may want to opt for more manageable exhibitions.
With less than an hour to spare, hit the International Center of Photography at 1133 Sixth Avenue at West 43rd Street to check out “Magnum Contact Sheets” for a behind-the-scenes look at how those history-capturing photographers got their best shots from the Thirties to the present. Then buzz through “Perspectives” to get a glimpse of up-and-coming young artists working in video and photography.
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For those in need of a big name that will register with friends, The Frick Collection at 1 East 70th Street has “Renoir, Impressionism and Full-Length Painting.” Henry Clay Frick’s former mansion is elegant, easy to navigate, and there is a pay-as-you-wish policy for part of the day on Sundays. This Sunday, a Beethoven concert will be held in the music room, but tickets are required.
Friday nights at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, also doesn’t require opening the wallet. Forgo the Diego Rivera show for the sake of time and catch photographer Eugène Atget’s “Documents Pour Artistes,” material he hoped would one day help others. James Rosenquist’s 84-foot-long “F-111” is worth a look, and, as of Sunday, “Print/Out,” featuring the work of Martin Kippenberger, Lucy McKenzie, Thomas Schütte, Superflex and others, will be another quick-fix show.
Fashion-minded art fans can run through “Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA” at the Museum at FIT, 227 West 27th Street, or head downtown to find Juergen Teller’s shots of Vivienne Westwood, Kristen McMenamy and others in his solo show at Lehmann Maupin’s gallery at 201 Chrystie Street. Heading that way on the Bowery, the Sperone Westwater gallery is worth a drive-by for the Norman Foster-designed elevator that doubles as a gallery, as well as the art.
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