Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun-Mon, closed
C, E at 23rd St.
Friedrich Petzel is a great venue for international, contemporary art. The gallery represents such talents as Cuban-born Jorge Pardo, whose work straddles art and design and whose intricately tiled floor adorns the Dia Center’s lobby. Then there’s American painter Sarah Morris, whose depth-defying, graphically striped canvases combine Minimalism, corporate spaces and futuristic fantasy. Hot Londoner Nicola Tyson, whose acrylic paintings recall Francis Bacon with far greater restraint, is also here. So is Cologne-based artist Cosima von Bonin, whose sculptures run the gamut from larger-than-life fabric-covered mushrooms to fiberglass missiles. A recent addition to the stable is young Canadian Jon Pylypchuk, a member of Winnipeg’s frenetic Royal Art Lodge collective, and his sculptures of cuddly animals boozing, meditating and being just a little bit lewd. What’s more, Petzel provides thrills in the summertime, like L.A. sculptor Liz Craft’s life-size bronze female nude with the head and tail of a fox and the many arms of Shiva. Or one particularly talked-about video installation by Andrea Fraser, in which the artist videotaped herself having sex in a hotel suite with the collector who had agreed to buy the piece.