'Ruth Kicking,' from 'Andrew Nixon: The Attitudes of Animals In Motion.'
“THE ART OF SEA-ING” | The sea, the working waterfront, and all kinds of boats are the subject of this survey of paintings and etchings from the 1920s to ’40s by the late Newport artist William H. Drury. His pals Charles Woodbury and George Bellows make cameos. | September 28-January 19 | Newport Art Museum | 76 Bellevue Ave | newportartmuseum.org
ANDREW NIXON: “THE ATTITUDES OF ANIMALS IN MOTION” | There’s something about the pale light and soft brushwork of Nixon’s paintings that gives them a dreamy atmosphere, whether he’s depicting pastoral landscapes, a breaching white whale, or a naked man riding a jumping horse. | November 8-December 28 | Cade Tompkins Projects | 198 Hope St, Providence | cadetompkins.com
DAVID PLANKA AND DAVID LEE BLACK | In October, AS220 will pair up Planka, who often paints constellations of dolls, war machines, tricycles, medical illustrations, and whatnot in a charismatic antiqued realist style, and Black, who has photographed people, lighthouses, and an abandoned state mental hospital. | October 5-26 | AS220 Main Gallery | 115 Empire St, Providence | as220.org
“FLOW” | Nature seems to be the inspiration for this two-woman show. Deborah Baronas has painted snowy farms, sprouting plants, and grazing sheep. Masha Ryskin paints abstractions that might bring to mind mushrooms, quarry walls, the sharp cracks of river ice, or the ghosts of flowers. | October 16-November 16 | Candita Clayton Studio | 999 Main St, Unit 105, Pawtucket | canditaclaytonstudio.com
PAUL MYODA: “GLITTERING MACHINES” | The Brown professor’s cybernetic sculptures evoke translucent plastic jellyfish, sci-fi droids, and chandeliers. The way the machines move in seeming response to your presence is both beautiful and threatening. | October 17-November 17 | Yellow Peril Gallery | 60 Valley Street #5, Providence | yellowperilgallery.com
VISCERALLY REALISTIC An untitled image by Vincent Valdez from 'The Strangest Fruit.'
VINCENT VALDEZ | The San Antonio-based RISD grad draws viscerally realistic battered boxers, wounded soldiers, barroom brawlers, riot cops, and lynched Latinos. He revels in darkness and morally critiques American society. | October 19-December 8 | Brown University’s Bell Gallery | 64 College St, Providence | brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery
MEREDITH YOUNGER AND WILLIAM SCHAFF | Talk of Younger and Schaff collaborating in this show should be enough to give you goosebumps. Younger, who is based in Providence, has been making sculptures and installations of two-headed girls, crows, animal skulls, and angry toddlers with holes in their chests where their hearts should be. Schaff, who calls Warren home, makes scratchboard drawings, embroideries, and paper cutouts of hollow-eyed men riding the subway, a woman dying of MS, big dogs, saints, and the damned. Imagine what will happen if their grotesque visionary approaches meet up. | November 7-December 27 | 186 Carpenter | 186 Carpenter St, Providence | 186carpenter.tumblr.com
ROBERT BARSAMIAN: “ASHFALL” | The early 20th-century Armenian genocide by the Turks is the subject of Barsamian’s installation — a mournful tribute to his parents’ and grandparents’ experience of the killing. | November 7-December 20 | Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery | 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence | ric.edu/banister