Though her works on paper often drew on rules and repetitions, and though she enjoyed a close friendship with Sol LeWitt during her years in New York, the German artist and composer Hanne Darboven (1941-2009) never quite fit the art academies’ intractable designation of “conceptual artist.” Her rambling, rhythmic installations of scribbles and calculations, accompanied by photographs and objects and often filling entire rooms, have as much human imperfection as mathematical accuracy — and can take on an epic grandeur as they accumulate historical and personal detail.

Five years after the Dia Art Foundation presented her magnum opus, “Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983,” New Yorkers can rediscover Darboven’s art at Petzel, which has filled the parlor floor of its uptown gallery with the installation “Europa 97,” made from 384 sheets of paper. On each day of 1997, Darboven headed a page with the date and the word “today.” Beneath, she repeated

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Galleries continue to go gangbusters in May, with new shows sprouting up like a tulip garden full of color. This week brings a flush of great shows to spaces both commercial and alternative. Bring on the sunshine!

Detail of large oil painting by Floyd Tunson, “Adrift.”EXPAND

Detail of large oil painting by Floyd Tunson, “Adrift.”

Floyd Tunson, Michael Warren Contemporary

Margaret Lawless: New Works
Steven Durow, Burden of Memory
Floyd Tunson in the Project Space
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
Through May 29

Three vastly different shows opened recently at Michael Warren, beginning with Margaret Lawless’s huge four-foot rondo paintings reimagining — and blowing up in size — Renaissance engraver Hendrick Goltzius’s mythical etching series “The Four Disgracers.” Steven Durow represents as well, with a series of wall-hung glass blobs that glow from within, like

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Under the supervision of art instructor Ginny Geoghegan, the Tomales High School art program remained a bedrock of creativity for students navigating the course of the past year’s unprecedented distanced learning ordeal.

With the support of the school staff, these art students flourished at home and continued to develop a pantheon of new artworks inspired by their individual experiences and growing identities.

This month, several of those students participate in Gallery Route One’s exhibition, “Tomales High School Artist Showcase 2021,” featuring paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works.

The show opens with a virtual reception on Friday, May 14, and will be viewable online as well as in-person from Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm, through May 23.

Gallery Route One is following all recommended safety protocols related to the pandemic, including sanitizing, distancing and mandatory face coverings in place for visitors.

“I hope you will enjoy escaping into these

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