Top 15 Must-See Art Exhibitions in New York this September
America’s Labor Day weekend signals the beginning of a huge couple of weeks for the art scene as galleries launch major exhibitions around the country. To help you plan your calendar, BLOUIN ARTINFO’s Nicholas Forrest has chosen 15 must-see exhibitions in New York this September, including exhibitions featuring the likes of artists such as Ad Reinhardt, PETRA CORTRIGHT, Tom Friedman, Christian Marclay, Wim Delvoye, Alan Vega, Tony Cragg, Larry Rivers, Peter Saul, Mary Corse, Lucas Samaras, Trevor Paglen, and Pat Steir.
Ad Reinhardt “Blue Paintings” at David Zwirner
September 12 to October 21, 2017
Organized by the Ad Reinhardt Foundation and featuring works drawn exclusively from museum and private collections, the exhibition will present the largest number of American abstract painter Ad Reinhardt’s blue paintings ever shown together.
Petra Cortright “human sheep brain “alice in wonderland” Americana” at Foxy Production
September 8 to October 8, 2017
For her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Cortright is presenting a new series of large digital paintings on aluminum and linen. Channeling a number of different Modernist painting styles, the autumnal scenes of her abstracted landscapes are both vibrant and poetic.
Tom Friedman “Ghosts and UFOs: Projections for Well-Lit Spaces” at Luhring Augustine
Continuing his interest in phenomenology and the paranormal American artist Tom Friedman, has created an entirely new body of spectral, light-based video projections which he developed “from a conscious effort to avoid materiality.”
September 8 to October 28, 2017
“Alan Vega: Dream Baby Dream” at Deitch Projects
September 5 to September 30, 2017
“Dream Baby Dream” commemorates the life and work of the Alan Vega, famed for his role as the vocalist for punk music duo Suicide. The exhibition features video projections of historic performances by Suicide as well as a selection of Vega’s sculptures and works on paper.
Christian Marclay “Phones” at Paula Cooper Gallery
September 7 to October 7, 2017
“Phones” is an exhibition of early works by Swiss American artist Christian Marclay which explores his use of telephonic technologies as visual and acoustic material. The exhibition includes two sculptures and a video from the 1990s, as well as a selection of photographs and works on paper.
Tony Cragg “Recent Sculptures” at Marian Goodman Gallery
September 12 to October 14, 2017
“Recent Sculptures” is an exhibition of new sculpture by British artist Tony Cragg. Showcasing the latest developments in Cragg’s sculptural oeuvre during the period of 2015-2017, the exhibition epitomizes his talent for creating new forms from influences drawn from industrial systems and the natural world.
Peter Saul “Fake News” at Mary Boone Gallery
September 9 to October 28, 2017
“Fake News” features new paintings by American artist Peter Saul, in which the artist takes on art history and its celebrities, in addition to Donald Trump. Rendered in his signature eclectic style, works include a Rembrandt masterpiece reimagined as unthreatening militia of costumed ducks.
“Wim Delvoye” at Perrotin
September 9 to October 29, 2017
Perrotin New York is presenting an exhibition of recent metal sculptures by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Created over the past five years, the works include “Maserati,” the body of a late-1950s’ Maserati 450S racing car embossed with Middle Eastern designs by Iranian artisans.
“Larry Rivers: (Re)Appropriations” at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
September 6 to October 29, 2017
“(Re)Appropriations” aims to re-contextualize and clarify the creative diversity of American painter, sculptor, poet, and jazz musician Larry Rivers. Spanning the mid-1950s to the late 1990s, the exhibition showcases the genius of an artist at the crossroads of Pop art and Abstract Expressionism.
Walter Swennen “bewtie” at Gladstone Gallery
September 15 to October 28, 2017
“bewtie” features new paintings by Belgian artist Walter Swennen which expand the artist’s deeply personal approach to painting. Drawing on his background in psychoanalysis, poetry, and philosophy, his works are characterized by an absence of a single perspective or framework.
“Three Dimensions: Modern and Contemporary Approaches to Relief and Sculpture” at Acquavella Galleries
September 25 to November 17, 2017
Acquavella Galleries is presenting a group show featuring sculptural work by seminal artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Artists include Edgar Degas, Henri Laurens, Fausto Melotti, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Eva Hesse, El Anatsui, Louise Bourgeois, Claes Oldenburg, and Coosje van Bruggen.
“Mary Corse” at Lehmann Maupin
September 7 to October 7, 2017
Lehmann Maupin is presenting an exhibition of recent and significant historic work by Los Angeles-based artist Mary Corse. Returning to the materials used in the earlier series of Black Light Paintings, Corse is showing an epic 19-foot painting with 10 new corresponding paintings.
Lucas Samaras “New York City, No-Name, Re-Do, Seductions” at Pace Gallery
September 15 to October 21, 2017
Lucas Samaras’s seven-room installation features 185 photographs that continue his ongoing application of digital techniques to photography to explore recurrent themes and subjects such as everyday street scenes, self-portraits, birds, flea markets, and geometric forms.
Trevor Paglen “A Study of Invisible Images” at Metro Pictures
September 8 to October 21, 2017
“A Study of Invisible Images” is the first exhibition of Paglen’s works to arise from his ongoing research into computer vision, artificial intelligence (AI), and the changing status of images, from which has emerged a body of “invisible images” characteristic of computer vision.
Pat Steir “Kairos” at Lévy Gorvy
September 7 to October 21, 2017
Continuing the aesthetic of her celebrated Waterfall series, Steir has created a series of lush and sweeping paintings, including five eleven-foot tall oil on canvas paintings and eight smaller-scale works, which evoke sensations of “Endless Sky,” “Aporia,” “Melancholy,” “Poros,” and “Rose Hip.”