Art and About in September
Arts and Culture
by James Gaddy, 08/21/2013
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Fall exhibition seasons kick off with a bang, in both a literal and figurative sense. On September 10, the Jewish Museum opens Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, a rare, extensive look at the artist’s career from 1930 through 1948—a period in which the painter documented firsthand the rise of fascism and casualties of World War II as an exile first in Paris and then New York. The Guggenheim’s Robert Motherwell: Early Collages covers similar historical territory. Opening September 27, the exhibition focuses only on the artist’s collages and works on paper—nearly 60 works in all—that he created in the 1940s and early 1950s, when he was transitioning from Surrealist influences on the cusp of the Abstract Expressionist revolution.
"The Fall of the Angel" (1932-33-47), by Marc Chagall. ©Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
You can continue to trace the postwar years, this time through the lens of Iranians at the Asia Society’s Iran Modern exhibition, which opens September 6 and focuses on art from that country created during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, up until the revolution of 1979. This is the first major US show on the subject, featuring more than 100 little-known works (at least, for most here in New York) from artists such as Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, whose glass paintings look as if they were created yesterday, and Marcos Grigorian, who created earthworks as compelling as any land art maestro. Meanwhile, American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe at the Museum of Modern Art draws on the museum’s collection between 1915 and 1950 but is arranged by theme, instead of strict chronology, among the likes of Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth. For those who want an even more in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Hopper’s works, the Whitney’s Hopper Drawing collects multiple sketches—and the final products—from some of the American artist’s most iconic pieces, including Nighthawks, Office at Night and Early Sunday Morning.
"Christina’s World" (1948), by Andrew Wyeth. Courtesy, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
For sheer fun, however, it’s hard to beat Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations, opening on September 25 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show focuses on just 35 paintings the French artist created from the mid-1930s to the 1950s, including a rarely seen series of portraits of a young neighbor (at times posed with her cat), as well as drawings done as an 11-year-old that have never been shown in public. Across town, a sound installation at the Cloisters, Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet, opens September 10 and consists of 40 high-fidelity speakers arranged in a gigantic oval inside the museum’s Fuentidueña Chapel.
To explore the ways in which NYC’s famous transit system has inspired musicians, hop on the subway and head to Brooklyn for the New York Transit Museum’s Album Tracks: Subway Record Covers. The exhibition includes Billy Joel's 1976 album Turnstiles, shot at the Astor Place station, and features the Fifth Avenue–53rd Street stop, which served as the setting for the cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s Wednesday Morning, 3AM, and the Hoyt Street-Schermerhorn Street station in Downtown Brooklyn, where Michael Jackson shot the music video for his song "Bad." (To see our own take on the subject—sleeve art that was shot in the five boroughs—see our roundup.) At David Zwirner gallery, album-cover-illustrator-turned-artist Raymond Pettibon has a new show that opens September 12 entitled To Wit, which displays his highly graphic riffs on the Southern California punk-rock culture of the late 1970s and 1980s.
"No Title (What I want...)" (2013), by Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy, David Zwirner, New York/London and Regen
New work from Matthew Day Jackson will go on view at Hauser & Wirth gallery on September 6, where, for his show Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue, the artist has installed a car designed by his late uncle and built by his cousin, a champion driver. Meanwhile, a new installation at the New-York Historical Society offers a fine example of how Keith Haring was able to transform everyday items into the sublime through deceptively simple chalk drawings and shapes.
On September 10, the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park will host its largest work from the Public Art Fund series to date with São Paulo–based Iran Do Espírito Santo’s 13-foot-tall Playground. And in a new 10,000-square-foot public space in Long Island City, New York–based architects Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp have built the latest in their series of follies, entitled Parting. The month ends on a high note when Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s Ship of Tolerance will be docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the DUMBO Arts Festival, beginning on September 27. The vessel features sails stitched together from paintings by local schoolchildren in collaboration with Brooklyn’s Studio in a School. Approximately 150 students’ work will be displayed—the perfect way to set sail on the new school year and an exciting new fall season. (Ship of Tolerance is on view September 27 to October 5 in DUMBO, October 6 to 8 at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and October 9 to 13 at Staten Island's Atlantic Salt Yard.)
"Ship of Tolerance, Siwa. Photo: Emilia Kabakov
Opening September 11
At the gallery’s Lower East Side location, the Indonesia-based artist’s new collection of work is a series of portraits that combine painting, sculpture and photography on resin and wood backgrounds.
Marianne Boesky Gallery
Opening September 11
This group show, held at the gallery’s Upper East Side location for emerging artists, includes a wide-ranging selection of talent, from the sparse but richly detailed works of N. Dash to black-and-white patterned pieces by Matthias Bitzer.
Andrea Dezsö: Without Myself
Nancy Margolis Gallery
Opening September 12
Long fascinated by ornamental forms, the New York–based Romanian artist will show new highly detailed works in a wide range of media: ink brush–marker paintings, pencil drawings and paper collage, as well as her highly prized tunnel books.
"Gathering in the Night" (2013), by Andrea Dezso. Courtesy, the artist and Nancy Margolis
Edmund de Waal: Atemwende
Opening September 12
Known for his ceramic installations, the British-born, Japanese-trained artist continues to develop his process of not only creating finely crafted small pieces, but then placing them on shelves and in cabinets in configurations that can be read, like a poem.
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
The Museum at FIT
Opening September 13
The exhibition includes nearly 100 looks that trace the influence gay culture has had on fashion, from as early as the 18th century to the haute couture runways of today.