At first blush, the new mid-town gallery space of the venerable dealer Anton Kern seems like a run-of the mill, polished art space designed to awe and loosen the wallets of the wealthy clientele that lives and works in its immediate neighborhood. But climb the stairs to the second and third floors and find yourself in an unexpected environment of intimate spaces and little nooks furnished with vintage seats that invite repose, contemplation and conversation. Polish painter Wilhelm Sasnal is the perfect debut for this environment. Sasnal is a serious painter who culls from found images that often reference art history, politics and the dark chapters of his native Poland. His new body of work is decidedly ominous. Portraits of politicians are juxtaposed by seemingly banal Polish landscapes. A painting of the UN logo on virgin blue background is being obscured by a foreboding black shadow. Under Sasnal’s smooth brushstrokes, all politicians are alike: Kofi Anan, Angela Merkel, Marine Le Pen. Despite glimpses of brown and serene ice blues, black is the color that dominates and overshadows this exhibition: a bleak metaphor of the state of the current political landscape. At Anton Kern through May 20.