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ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Art and Museums

Fall Preview Art

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 7, 2018

Fall is finally here, bringing a huge variety of museum exhibitions to town. There are the blue-chip names like Andy Warhol, Eugene Delacroix, and Sarah Lucas having impressively large shows, and relatively unknown artists who are more than ready to be discovered by the public, such as Hilma af Klint, Charles White, and Stephen Varble. With NYC’s astonishing variety of smaller museums, you’ll see everything from the latest in American craft to the ancient magical knowledge referenced in the Harry Potter books. Take a look at our choices and start planning some great art weekends in the city!

Begin your artistic travels at some of our world class institutions:

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Hilma af Klint: Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 7, Adulthood (Grupp IV, De tio största, nr 7, Mannaåldern), 1907 from untitled series; tempera on paper mounted on canvas, 315 x 235 cm; The Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm; photo: Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

The Guggenheim: Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future (October 12, 2018 – February 3, 2019), a long overdue show examining the work of this trailblazing artist. R. H. Quaytman: + x: Chapter 34 (October 12, 2018 – February 3, 2019) takes off Klint’s work as inspiration and teaching, and Mapplethorpe (opens January 25, 2019) is the start of a year’s worth of exhibitions on various facets of the photographer’s career and legacy.

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Robert Mapplethorpe: Calla Lily, 1986; gelatin silver print; image: 19 1/4 x 19 3/8 inches (48.9 x 49.2 cm); sheet: 23 7/8 x 20 inches (60.6 x 50.8 cm); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, 1993; 93.4302© The Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe Photography; used by permission.


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Bas-Relief of Amir Hasan Hunting on Horseback, Church of the White Virgin (Spitakavor Astuatsatsin), Monastery of Spitakavor, Siwnik‘, early 14th century; Felsite, 37 × 53 9⁄16 × 13 3⁄8 in. (94 × 136 × 34 cm); History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan (1320–22); part of Armenia! exhibit; photo: Hrair Hawk Khatcherian and Lilit Khachatryan.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its modern art exhibition space, The Met Breuer, have their usual outstanding variety for the new season. In the main building they have Delacroix (September 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019) a comprehensive show on the legendary French artist, Armenia! (September 22, 2018 – January 13, 2019) covering fourteen centuries of the country’s history and culture (side note: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will have a concert commemorating the end of World War I and the victims of the Armenian genocide on Monday, November 5; purchase tickets here), Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection (October 4, 2018 – October 6. 2019) showcases the work of fifty Native North American cultures. In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met (October 16, 2018 – October 1, 2020), Celebrating Tintoretto: Portrait Paintings and Studio Drawings (October 16, 2018 – January 27, 2019) (more Tintoretto can be seen this season at The Morgan Library), Jewelry: The Body Transformed (November 12, 2018 – February 24, 2019), Atea: Nature and Divinity in Polynesia (November 19, 2018 – October 27, 2019), round out their offerings. Last, but not least, all sixteen of The Met’s Van Gogh paintings are back in New York City this fall in galleries 822 and 825. Run, don’t walk, to see these treasures of Impressionism!

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Jack Whitten: Anthropos #1, 1972; black and white mulberry, wild olive wood, linen twine, wire; 62 x 9 1/2 x 10 in.; collection of the artist; © The Estate of Jack Whitten; courtesy The Estate of Jack Whitten and Hauser & Wirth.

At The Met Breuer: Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture 1963 – 2017 (September 6 – December 2) a recently discovered aspect of the artist’s oeuvre, Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy (September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019) covering factual abuses of economic and political systems as well as the emotional/psychological responses of the public all through an artistic filter, and Epic Abstraction (opens November 28) giving a fresh look at this 20th century art form.

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Charles White: Harvest Talk, 1953; charcoal, Wolff’s carbon drawing pencil, and graphite, with stumping and erasing on ivory wood pulp laminate board; 26 × 39 1/16″ (66 × 99.2 cm); The Art Institute of Chicago; Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman; © 1953 The Charles White Archives.

MoMA and MoMA PS1 present three shows this fall: Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done (September 16, 2018 – February 3, 2019) an overview of this influential arts program founded in 1960s New York, Charles White: A Retrospective (October 7, 2018 – January 13, 2019), examining the ethos, work and teaching career of this American artist, and at MoMA PS1: Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts (October 21, 2018 – February 25, 2019) featuring the astonishing variety of this artist’s output.

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Bruce Nauman: One Hundred Live and Die; 1984; neon tubing with clear glass tubing on metal monolith, 118 × 132 1/4 × 21″ (299.7 × 335.9 × 53.3 cm); collection of Benesse Holdings, Inc./Benesse House Museum, Naoshima; © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photo: Dorothy Zeidman, courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.


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Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel, 1994; mattress, melons, oranges, cucumber, and water bucket; 33 1/8 x 66 1/8 x 57 in (84 x 168.8 x 144.8 cm); © Sarah Lucas; courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London / New Museum.

New Museum (235 Bowery) features two large shows: Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel (September 26, 2018 – January 20, 2019), a survey of this internationally acclaimed artist and MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas (September 26, 2018 – February 3, 2019), a reimagining and retelling of the historical record through the prism of queer and trans experience and representation. There are also several small installations: Marianna Simnett: Blood In My MilkMarguerite Humeau: Birth CanalDan Herschlein: The Architect (all September 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019), and Asli Çavuşoğlu: The Place of Stone (September 18, 2018 – January 13, 2019).

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Chris E. Vargas: Transgender Hiroes, 2013; MOTHA promotional broadside, offset print on newsprint; 28 × 33 in (71 × 83.8 cm); courtesy the artist / New Museum.


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Josef Albers: White Line Square VI, 1966, from the portfolio White Line Squares (Series I); Lithographs: sheet, 20 11/16 x 20 11/16 in. (52.5 x 52.5 cm); image, 15 11/16 x 15 11/16 in. (39.9 x 39.9 cm); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the artist 67.14.6. © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Whitney: Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965 – 2018 (September 28, 2018 – April 14, 2019) an exploration of written instructions and the results for conceptual, video and computational art of the last fifty years, Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again (November 12, 2018 – March 31, 2019), a survey of the artist’s works and influence in his lifetime and beyond, and Kevin Beasley (opening Fall 2018) a sound installation.

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Andy Warhol: Marilyn Diptych, 1962; acrylic, silkscreen ink, and graphite on linen, two panels: 80 7/8 x 114 in. (205.4 x 289.6 cm) overall; Tate, London; purchase 1980 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York.

After the big five institutions, it’s time to visit some smaller places and see exhibits that have been carefully crafted to explore important movements and ideas in the art world:

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Tyeb Mehta: Mahisasura, 1997; acrylic on canvas; H. 59 x W. 48 in. (149.9 x 121.9 cm); courtesy of Rajiv and Payal Chaudhri and the Asia Society.

Asia Society: Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters to Saigon from Saigon (September 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019), a photography show and The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India (September 14, 2018 – January 20, 2019), exciting works from a country with an illustrious history in the arts.

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Toyin Ojih Odutola: Taking Chances, 2017; charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper; 24 x 19 inches; collection of Jackson Tang; courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

Drawing Center presents For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn (October 12, 2018 – February 3, 2019). As a bonus, Odutola also has a show called When Legends Die at the Jack Shainman Gallery (513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street) from September 6 – October 27.

El Museo del Barrio reopens, after a yearlong renovation, with two shows reflecting their commitment to Caribbean and Latin American artists: Liliana Porter: Other Situations (September 13, 2018 – January 27, 2019) and Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography (September 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019).

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Jan van Eyck and Workshop: The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos, ca. 1441–43; oil on panel
18 5/8 × 24 1/8 inches; The Frick Collection, New York; photo: Michael Bodycomb.

The Frick Collection: The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos (September 18, 2018 – January 13, 2019). Two religious paintings (one from the Frick, the other from the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin) alongside devotional objects bring Northern Renaissance Europe to the upper East Side.

International Center of Photography: Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time (September 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019). A selection of sensitive photographs that encompass human experience from birth to death and all the events in between.

The Japan Society displays Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura (opens October 12), a photographer who cleverly riffs on classics of art history as well as inventing scenes that spark dialogue on identities of gender, politics, and national identity.

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Marc Chagall: Self-Portrait with Easel, 1919, gouache on paper; Private Collection; Artwork © Artists Rights
Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris; courtesy of The Jewish Museum.

The Jewish Museum: Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 (September 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019) showcases a little-known region’s approach to the artistic movements of the early 20th century.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay Lesbian Art has a fascinating show: Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble (September 29, 2018 – January 27, 2019) that brings to light Stephen Varble, a disrupter of social and political norms, who used performance as commentary on artistic, financial, and political issues.

Morgan Library mixes the old and new with its usual flair. Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (September 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019) and Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice (October 12, 2018 – January 6, 2019) demonstrate the excellent draftsmanship of the sixteenth century (with the Tintoretto show a nice complimentary exhibit to The Met’s offering) while It’s Alive!: Frankenstein at 200 (October 12, 2018 – January 27, 2019) gives visitors the full background of this fiction classic. Then in the late winter there are two new outstanding shows to see: By Any Means: Modern and Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan (January 18 – May 12, 2019) and Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth (January 25 – May 12, 2019).


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Bayne Peterson: Untitled, 2017; dyed plywood, dyed epoxy; 15 1/8 × 21 1/2 × 5 1/4 in. (38.4 × 54.6 × 13.3 cm); photo: Jeffrey Sturges, courtesy Kristen Lorello. NY / Museum of Art and Design.

Museum of Arts and Design has a two part exhibition for craft and design: MAD Collects: The Future of Craft Part 1 (September 6, 2018 – March 31, 2019), a selection of recent acquisitions and their importance to the current collections plan and The Burke Prize 2018: The Future of Craft Part 2 (October 3, 2018 – March 17, 2019), showing the work of finalists and ultimate prize winner of this new award honoring contemporary American craft.

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Franz Marc: The First Animals, 1913; gouache and pencil on paper; Private Collection; courtesy of Neue Galerie.

Neue Galerie presents Franz Marc and August Macke 1909-1914 (October 4, 2018 – January 21, 2019), an examination of these two artists, their friendship, and contributions to the Expressionist movement. Unusually, August Macke has never had an extensive show here in the US, despite being a major influence on European art prior to 1914, so this exhibition is long overdue.

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August Macke: Geraniums before Blue Mountain, 1910; oil on canvas; Milwaukee Art Museum; gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, 1961; photo: John R. Glembin / courtesy of Neue Galerie.


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Jorge Palacios: Balance and Inertia, 2011; teak, corten steel,78 3/4 h x 78 3/4 l x 23 3/8 w in. (200 h x 200 l x 60 w cm); private collection; photo: ©Jorge Palacios / Noguchi Museum.

Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum (September 26, 2018 – January 20, 2019), is a dialogue between the Spanish sculptor’s works and the Noguchi collection. As a bonus, stop by Flatiron Plaza North (Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street) now through November 6 to see Link, an installation by Palacios made possible with support from NYC DOT Art and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.

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Close-up of the first recorded mention of ‘abracadabra’, as a cure for malaria, in Quintus Serenus, Liber medicinalis
© British Library Board / courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.

New-York Historical Society has several exhibitions this fall, but two must-sees are Harry Potter: A History of Magic (October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019), with items from The British Library and other archival sources tracing the global origins of the magic, mythology, and folklore that the well-known book series used as reference points, and Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean (November 2, 2018 – May 27, 2019), an intimate show that encapsulates the artist’s skill in social and political commentary using found materials.

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Betye Saar: Supreme Quality, 1998; mixed media on vintage washboard, metal washtub, wood stand; courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, CA; photo: Tim Lanterman, Scottsdale Museum of
Contemporary Art / courtesy of New-York Historical Society.


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Cover: Nam June Paik: ‘Fin de Siecle II’, 1989; Video installation, 201 television sets with four laserdiscs, 168 x 480 x 60 in. (426.7 x 1219.2 x 152.4 cm); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Laila and Thurston Twigg-Smith 93.139. © Nam June Paik Estate.


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