5. See Karel Funk
Conceptual balancing act.
Sometimes the quiet summer season gives us jolting gifts. That’s Karel Funk. The painter drains the gas out of Ingres-style neurotic realism, reprograms it, puts it back in, and gives us visual ghosts. We marvel at these epically bland portraits: They’re so perfect that they’re almost dead. —J.S.
303 Gallery, 555 West 21st Street, through August 18.