South African artist Nicholas Hlobo’s work is about issues of identity, using materials such as leather and ribbon to suggest a contrast between the masculine and the feminine. In 2017, thieves stole a large number of mixed media paintings and sculptures from his Johannesburg studio. Recently, the South African artist recovered the missing works, which now make up the bulk of his current exhibition at Lehmann Maupin. The show’s title means “the welcoming,” in reference to the artworks’ return. It opened last week, but the gallery is throwing a party with a performance and artist’s talk this Wednesday, as part of the ADAA Chelsea Gallery Walk.
Location: Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street Price: Free Time: Opening reception, Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.