Suggestivism Opening Reception

In art, there’s a time to be bold—like, say, immersing a crucifix in a jar of your own urine—and a time to be subtle. The latter is the focus of “Suggestivism,” the latest exhibit at the Grand Central Art Center. Everything in this show is a bit elliptical, surreal and generally nonliteral, such as Ornamented Boy, a 2008 piece by Robin F. Williams that pictures the subject wearing a beard of Christmas-tree ornaments. For the purpose of this exhibition, the freeform process of making these enigmatic works is just as important as the end result, and while the art is contemporary, the roots of “suggestivism,” the gallery purports, can be seen dating back to impressionists such as Claude Monet.

Sat., Feb. 5, 7 p.m., 2011

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