OFF VENDOME Condo New York’s smallest presentation occupies a mere alcove. But Freedman Fitzpatrick of Los Angeles is staging the New York debut of Shimabuku, a Japanese artist in this year’s Venice Biennale, with one amusing yet wrenching video: “The Snow Monkeys of Texas: Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains?” presents the monkeys, transplanted to a Lone Star desert in 1972, with snow (actually, ice). The immigrants — who withstood cougars and rattlesnakes, and learned to eat cactus — take it in stride. 254 West 23rd Street, 917-388-2877, offvendome.com.
ANDREW KREPS GALLERY What Pipeline, a Detroit gallery whose name conjures political obliviousness and feigned art world naïveté has ringed the wall with the small, muscular oil paintings of mundanities by Mary Ann Aitken (1960-2012) — a Volkswagen bus, a cigar box, a checkerboard and so on. In the center is Dylan Spaysky’s life-size portrait sculptures of two friends in wicker, paint, burlap, wire and fake leaves or flowers. They vibrate: racially ambiguous, armored, basket- and godlike. Mr. Spaysky’s facility for body language gets essential pushback from his touristy materials. 537 West 22nd Street, 212-741-8849, andrewkreps.com.
METRO PICTURES This bastion of the 1980s Pictures Generation is host to Leo Xu Projects from Shanghai, which has organized the two-part “A New Ballardian Vision.” It exudes the requisite intellectual cool, shiny metal and small screens, at least among the seven young Chinese artists upstairs. On the much larger ground floor, the curation is overfilled with Metro’s roster. The ratio should have been flipped: more Chinese, fewer Americans. 519 West 24th Street,…