RUSSIAN ABSTRACT ART Moscow born artist Natalia Sitnikovas first exhibition in the U.S. presents an opportunity to view abstraction as an integral part of Russian contemporary art. View 25 individual paintings, assembled into an abstract installation with each canvas being an independent composition in itself. Pictured above is Composition 25, #6. Continues thru Feb. 20. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, 114 Prince St. 212-343-9377.
AFRICAN ART EXPOSITION Artificial Afrika is an exhibition that considers contemporary artistic appropriations of African visual culture through mythology, religious traditions, musical forms and other culturally-specific practices. Continues thru March 17. Gigantic ArtSpace, 59 Franklin St. 212-226-6762. Panel discussion Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7pm at the American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53rd St. $10, $5 museum members, seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling 212- 265-1040 x 160.
Abrons arts center, Henry Street Settlement, Culpepper Gallery, 466 Grand St. 212-598-0400: TRANSITION: LOSS OF INNOCENCE, Kathryn Parker Almanas is featured in a solo exhibition of of color photographs of imagined scenes. Thru Jan. 27.
APEX ART, 291 Church St. 212-431-5270:ONE BRIEF MOMENT, This exhibition invites three artists to review apexarts archive to interpret, speculate, add to and imagine their own understanding of what these materials represent. New works will include video, sculptural and conceptually based projects. Continues thru Feb. 18.
cENTER FOR jEWISH hISTORY, Yeshiva University Museum: A JEWISH ARTIST'S JOURNEY HOME, A spiritual and geographic journey traces photo-realist Max Ferguson's roots back to his great grandparents in Eastern Europe. Memoir-like notes accompany the artist's paintings which capture images and sites integral to New York and Jewish culture in the U.S. and Europe. Thru Jan. 29. A PERFECT FIT, Exhibition illustrates the impact and influence of American Jewry on the world of fashion and explores the themes of technology, industry, labor, immigration and popular culture from 1860 - 1960. Thru April 9.
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., 212-219-2166: PERSISTENT VESTIGES, Drawings from the American-Vietnam War; Features American artists actively involved in questioning the war, artists who traveled with the North Vietnamese Army during the war and young Vietnamese-American artists who address the war and its aftermath; Thru Feb. 11. ACUTE ZONAL OCCULT OUTER: SELECTIONS WINTER 2006, An exhibition that brings together drawing, sculpture, action, endurance and sound art through a combination of installation and performance works by nine international artists. The exhibition aims to make visible the often unseen threads that connect installation art and live art. Continues thru Feb. 11.
DENISE bIBRO fINE aRT, 529 W. 20th St., 4th floor, 212-647-7030: HEAD OVER HAND, Pushing the limits of paint. Featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Greg Stone, William Wood and more. Thru Jan. 28. ...AND COUNTING, New York artist Michael Mut captures a new perspective on war, death and peace through his sometimes shocking pro-peace installation. Thru Jan. 28.
eTHAN cOHEN fINE aRTS, 18 Jay St., bet Hudson & Greenwich, 212-625-1250: NEW CHINESE OCCIDENTALISM, A show about artists whose work is at the cusp of an art world wrestling with a contradiction. Chinese art made in America, has up until recently, gone relatively unnoticed. This show is the first to address this special community and focus on its lineage and contribution. Thru Feb. 28. Curator Pan Xing Lei will give a talk on Fri., Jan. 20 from 6-8pm at the gallery.
JUNE KELLY GALLERY, 591 Broadway, 212-226-1660: ANAM CARA, An exhibition of paintings by Posoon Park Sun that display a magical realist style and reveals Park Sung as a consummate dreamer and symbolist. Thru Feb. 7.
LOCATION ONE, 26 Greene St. 212-334-3347: SOMNAMBULIC, Recent sculpture, video and photographs by Canadian artist Martin Beauregard. Thru Feb. 4.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 90 Orchard St., 212-431-0233, www.tenement.org: VISITORS CENTER, Tour carefully restored tenement apartments and learn about the lives of actual past residents. Thru June 14, view "Coming Home," an installation of art work by artist Aresh Javadi and English as a Second Language students that illuminates the concerns of immigrants today.
Merchants House, 29 E. Fourth St, bet Lafayette St. and Bowery, 212-777-1089: In 1944, the Merchant's House was featured in a national publication for the first time when House and Garden Magazine commissioned Samuel H. Gottscho to photograph the interiors for an article in its February issue. The photographs will be on view. Thru Feb. 27.
M.Y. Art Prospects, 547 W. 27th St., 2nd Floor, bet. 10th & 11th Aves. 212-268-7132. LET BUDDHA SORT THEM OUT, The title comes from the phrase used by US soldiers during the Vietnam War, "kill them all and let Buddha sort them out," indicating the confusion they experienced to distinguish their enemy and ally. New York-based artist Rodney Dickson has chosen to mediate conflict through aesthetics. This exhibition is a group of paintings that reflect his empathy for the "victimhood" that brutality places us into. Continues thru Feb. 18.
NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL OF DRAWING PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, 8 W. 8th St. 212-673-6466: MILTON RESNICK: LATE WORKS, thirty works on paper from Resnicks final years. These previously unexhibited works explore his last theme, the X-space. Thru Feb. 4.
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, l144 W. 14 St.: SPEAK - NINE CARTOONISTS, An exhibition that celebrates the current golden age of North American comics with a diverse group of comic book artists represented. Opening reception is Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Cont. thru Feb. 25.
Staley Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway.212-966-6223: David LaChapelle: Pictures for ITALIAN VOGUE, A collection of color photographs that combine LaChapelles genius for invention with the polish and elegance of fashion photography. Thru Jan. 28.
Tracy Williams Ltd., 313 bis W. 4th St. 212-229-2757: Works by french artist Anne-Marie Schneider will be displayed in Etre un Autre. Her drawings are inspired by automatism and "take advantage of the burlesque, the tragic, the absurd and the marvelous." Continues thru Feb. 25.
Washington square windows, 80 Washington Square East: UPROOTED, Artist Hyungsub Shin presents twisted tendrils of wire that climb up walls in an interlaced, sylvan domain. Much like the twining tree roots that inspired their creation, these plastic-coated filaments cling to all surfaces. On display 24 hours a day thru Feb. 6.