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.
Ansonia Pharmacy, 442 6th Ave.. at 10th St.:PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHS, Black & white pinhole photographs of New York City's architecture by Veronica Saddler. Begins March 14.
APEX ART, 291 Church St. 212-431-5270: NEO SINCERITY: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COMIC AND THE COSMIC IS A SINGLE LETTER, An exhibition that explores how in dire times such as war laughter has always been the best revenge. Art critic Amei Wallach surveys three generations of visual artists who amuse and apall.Thru April 8.
cENTER FOR jEWISH hISTORY, Yeshiva University Museum: 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.
DENISE BIBRO fINE aRT, 529 W. 20th St., 4th floor, 212-647-7030: FLYING MIGRATION, A solo exhibition of artist Carol Goebels welded steel sculptures. Farm implements, cast iron metamorphasizing into wall sculptures. The pieces are light and airy, steel that soars. Thru Mar. 4. RECENT OIL PAINTINGS, An exhibition of Linda Lippas figure-based narrative and still life paintings. These paintings encapsulate the spirit of contemporary life and emote human drama. Thru Mar. 4.
Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., 845-440-0100, www.diaart.org: GALLERY TALK, Steven Evans, Assistant Director for Dia Art Foundation, will talk about the work of Dan Flavin. Sat., Feb. 25. at 1pm. Gallery Talks are the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with museum admission. Talks focus on the work of the artists in the collection. The one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians and writers, and take place in museums galleries. Reservations are suggested. Call 845- 440-0100 x44.
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.
Fusion Arts Museum, 57 Stanton St., bet Forsyth & Eldridge Sts., 212-995-5290: LIGHT MY IRE, A group exhibit curated by Paul Cabezas in which angst and art collide. Feb. 16 - May 31. Main gallery. THE YEAR OF THE DOG, an installation of fluorescent paintings, digital video and sound track by New York installation and performance artist Peter Grzybowski. Thru Mar. 31.
The first presbyterian church in the city of new york, The Great Hall, South Wing, 12 W. 12 St: Colors, An invitational exhibition of artwork by members of the New York Artists Circle. Thru Feb. 28.
grey art gallery, 100 Washington Square East. 212-998-6780: THE DOWNTOWN SHOW: THE NEW YORK ART SCENE, 1974-1984. This exhibition features approximately 375 paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos and photographs. The show views downtown as both geography and metaphor, and illuminates how this 10 year period altered the face of American art and culture. Thru April 1.
Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, 526 W. 26th St., Suite 411, bet.10th and 11th Sts. 212-463-8500: EASTERN BOYS AND WESTERN GIRLS, A contemporary art exhibit featuring the works of two young artists, David Shapiro and Ben Weiner. Through watercolor and oil paint, the artists transform debris from the Western cultural subconscious into elegant visions of glam-trash. Thru March 3.
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.
Morrison Hotel Gallery, 124 Prince St., near Greene St., 212-941-8770: MUSICAL IMAGES OF IRELAND, Never before seen portrait black and white frames capture two generations of working class Irish musicians in County Clare, Ireland. Features concertina, fiddles and pipes. March 16 29.
paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, 525 W. 29th St., 646-613-1252: PAINT | NOT PAINT, Featuring works by Robert Appleton, Joe Fyfe, Gloria Garfinkel, Rafael Sanchez, Lee Whittier and Jo Wood-Brown. Feb. 28 - April 1. Reception will be March 2 from 6 9pm.
Peter blum gallery, 99 Wooster St. 212-343-0441. LINE AND SURFACE, Spanning the period from the 1950s to the present, this exhibition features works on paper by 26 artists. Thru Mar. 25.
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. Thru Feb. 25.
ricco maresca gallery, 529 West 20th St., 3rd Floor. 212-627-4819: MARC DENNIS: CARAVAGGIOS CAT AND OTHER THINGS UNSEEN, A solo show by New York based artist Marc Dennis whose lavish realism recalls 17th century historical painting , yet his bizarre portraits and still lives are infused with contemporary symbolism and attitude. Opening Reception is Thurs., Feb. 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Continues thru April 8.
St. Vincents Hospital, Link Lobby, 170 W. 12th St., COMPASSION, A photography exhibit based on a conceptual and spiritual theme meant to evoke a variety of interpretations that affirm the positive and enduring qualities of life and the human spirit. Works by Professional Women Photographers, Inc., a group that promotes the work of women photographers through exhibition opportunities and educational forums. Thru April 20. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the photographs will benefit St. Vincents Maternal Child services.
Staley Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway. 212-966-6223: WHAT A LIFE! PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LIFE MAGAZINE ARCHIVES, An exhibition of black and white photographs from the archives of LIFE magazine. The focus of this exhibition is the work that showed the inherent style of LIFE magazines photography. Thru Mar. 11.
80 Washington Square East Galleries, 80 Washington Square East: SMALL WORKS, Show features a variety of works including Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights X by Catya Plate.