Sputterances is a delightful paintings exhibition organized around a poem by René Daniëls of the same name. Sputterances are hybrids between an utterance and a sputter. For visual artists that signals the struggle of negotiating the spontaneity of an idea with the technical difficulties of execution, brilliantly visualized in works like Allison Katz’ Elf-Esteem, where a naughty pixie dog-whistles at a female nude; or Amelie von Wulffen’s more sinister Untitled work from 2016 in which bugs rule a haunted house; or Milton Avery’s Mother’s Boy from 1944, where a mother struggles from underneath the weight of her oversized son. Beautifully organized by the distinguished artist Sanya Kantarovsky, the paintings invite to linger and admire a range of exemplary painting practices from a diverse group of accomplished artists. Here is Charlene von Heyl’s vibrant harvest painting Untitled from 1992. At Metro Pictures through April 22.