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Michaël Borremans, The Loan, 2011

Painting Exhibition: Michaël Borremans, The Devil’s Dress, David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street, through December 17.

Michaël Borresman’s fourth solo show at David Zwirner consists of pensive paintings depicting faces or figures in stark rooms in states of contemplation or mysterious repose.  These psychologically fraught scenes are rendered with a solemn color palette;  the odd gestures, nakedness and vulnerability of some of his subjects add to their strangeness.

Exhibition: Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, through May 27.

Figurative works drawn from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection reflect evolutions of style in black culture  from Harlem to West Africa.  The exhibition looks at self-expression,  fashion and ideals of beauty through portraits and candid scenes by artists such as James VanDerZee and Dawoud Bey.

Photography Exhibitions: Edward Burtynsky, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, 41 East 57th Street and 505 West 24th Street, through December 10.

Two galleries in Manhattan present concurrent exhibitions of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s work.  On view at Howard Greenberg Gallery is an overview of Burtynsky’s large-scale photographs exploring industrial landscapes around the globe which are examined in depth in the documentary film, Manufactured Landscapes, about his subject matter and method of producing these images.  The show at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery focuses on Burtynsky’s most recent series, Dryland Farming recording the patterns, colors and textures of agricultural areas in Monegros County in Aragon,  Spain from an aerial view.

– Tema Stauffer