Stand-Out Artists at SPRING/BREAK

Twenty-three stories above Times Square, the windows of the former Vanity Fair offices frame views that look as if they’re Michael Wolf’s dizzying architectual landscapes. Across 43rd Street, office workers sit at desks—the stacks of which can be seen by floors at a time, while billboards flash and buzz nearby. This cold remove, far above the tourist masses, makes for a fitting backdrop for SPRING/BREAK Art Show, which had asked its exhibitors this year to curate autobiographical work on the theme of “Black Mirror,” a device used by the Old Masters to isolate a subject from its surroundings. The open call was a risky stipulation in danger of encouraging the solipsistic, but it mostly paid off. Over 150 curators have brought in over 400 artists—here are eight artists in particular who stood out.