Louise Kruger

Kruger's chunky wooden sculptures and outsize fabric wall hangings may smack of folk art, but she's definitely not an outsider. Born in Los An-geles in 1924, she studied at the Art Students League after college and in 1953 was tapped by MOMA for one of its semi-annual "New Talent" shows. (Note to gripers about youthquakes like "Greater New York": it was ever thus.) This show of works made between 1955 and 1980 looks in-credibly fresh, if a bit all over the map: subjects include a lion, a farmer, a baseball player, and a bare-naked lady saluting the flag. A seven-and-a-half-foot-tall banner, made around 1969, sports an appliqued image of a flag-waving American soldier in a helmet; he's flesh-and-blood (and clothed) from the waist up, but a skeleton from the pelvis bones down. He could be the poster boy for a 2010 support-the-troops-not-the-war campaign. Through July 23. (Bookstein, 138 Tenth Ave., at 18th St. 212-750-0949.)