Thomas Woodruff, Chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department, presents a series of new paintings called “The Four Temperament Variations,” inspired by the ancient belief that the body and mind are controlled by four mysterious, colored fluids. In addition to exploring the humors, Woodruff’s work also investigates genre painting such as still-life, portrait, and landscape. On view at P.P.O.W., 535 West 22 Street, 3rd Fl, through February 4.
Sarah Sze (MFA 2007 Fine Arts) explores the potential and possibilities of drawing as a medium in her current exhibition “Infinite Line.” Through a series of lithographs, silkscreens, graphite, ink, and collaged drawings that focus on memory and personal experience, and new drawings that highlight the complexity, intricacy, and painstakingly detailed character of her sculptural practice, Sze creates rich compositions that blossom, morph, and bloom again and again through a single line. On view at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, through March 25.
Inspired by Classical European portraiture, the paintings in Stan Narten’s (MFA 2008 Fine Arts) “Three Pound Universe” are at once abstract and literal. The exhibition takes its name from a concept in philosophy and neuroscience that imagines the known universe existing as a sole construct of the brain and culminating in all feeling, perception, distortion and illusion. On view at Kravets Wehbly, 512 West 21 Street, through February 18.