Love has mesmerized artists from Rembrandt to Robert Indiana. When better than the month of St. Valentine to examine the many facets of romance on view around town?
(1) In “Considering Love,” a show of romantically themed 20th-century works on paper, John Sloan’s “Love on the Roof” (1914) boasts Ashcan School realism (a married woman embraces a younger man amid erotically fluttering laundry) and a backstory (the etching appeared in a 1934 trial as an example of “immorality in art”). Sloan defended his subject, writing, “I just saw it and etched it.” Kraushaar Galleries, 15 E. 71st St., 212.288.2558, Feb. 2-March 2
(2) The luminous paintings of Abstract Expressionist Emily Mason display deeply affecting qualities of intensity and warmth. Consider “Late Edition” (2016). Ameringer McEnery Yohe, 525 W. 22nd St., 212.445.0051, thru Feb. 11
(1) Before selfies, there was “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.” In her riveting autobiographical slide show, Nan Goldin photographs friends, lovers and herself in achingly intimate images of love and loss like “The Hug” (1980). The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., 212.708.9400, thru Feb. 12
(2) A favorite style of film actresses for decades, these “Night Clubbing Earrings” (ca. 1950s) are encrusted with diamonds and mabe pearls from Curaçao jewelers Spritzer and Fuhrmann. Kenneth James Collection, Gallery 47, The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center, 1050 Second Ave., 212.888.0165
(3) The embodiment of 1960s romanticism, a hand-painted evening dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé (1967) channels Art Nouveau master Aubrey Beardsley in “Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968.” The Museum at FIT, Seventh Ave., at W. 27th St., 212.217.4558, Feb. 10-April 15