Fall 2018’s Hottest Art

Don’t miss out on the New York art scene’s buzziest fall shows.

Andy Warhol, “Marilyn Diptych,” 1962. / Tate, London; purchase 1980 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The New York art scene is waking up from its summer hibernation, and the WSWD art experts are well caffeinated and ready to hit the galleries, museums, and fairs. These are the shows they won’t be missing—and you should catch, too!

1) “Urs Fischer: Play,” September 6–October 13

Master of art stunts and ginormous installations, Fischer often explores themes of death and decay through materials like melting wax, perishable foods, and empty cigarette packages. “Play” might be a bit different, as audiences will be looking at Play-Doh-like eggs with green and fuchsia coloring at Gagosian’s 21st Street outpost. Paddy Johnson, art expert

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Chad Moore. Courtesy Gagosian.

2) The New York Art Book Fair, September 21–23

The bulk of the fun art folks have each year happens at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, so this is one event to prioritize. For those who love rare art books, coffee-table objects, and magazines, this is the place to be. But perhaps more important is the zine tent, which invites artists from all over the U.S. to present original page-turners, prints, buttons, and anything else they can make. Pretty much everything is under $50—and it’s all amazing. —Paddy Johnson, art expert

3) “Charline von Heyl: New Work,” September 6–October 20

See the work of one of the greatest abstract painters living today at Chelsea’s Petzel Gallery. Her use of color and pattern, and her sheer inventiveness with paint, makes Von Heyl an unparalleled talent. —Paddy Johnson, art expert

4) Jorge Palacios, September 26–January 20, 2019

The Noguchi Museum presents nine works by Spanish artist Palacios, whose art explores conceptual physics on both the macro and micro scale. His pieces create a dialogue between Isamu Noguchi’s work, which consistently experimented with physical sciences and the corporeality of the act of viewing art. —WSWD staff

Jorge Palacios, Link, 2018. / Photomontage © JorgePalacios

5) “Mark Wallinger: Study for Self-Reflection,” September 13–October 27

Turner Prize–winning artist Wallinger looks at power, artifice, and illusion through what amounts to a fun house. And by fun house, I’m referring to a lavishly decorated study re-created in Chelsea’s Hauser & Wirth with a Mylar ceiling. The kaleidoscopic effect amplifies the wealth and privilege of the room while disorienting the viewer, mirroring the unmooring feeling that has accompanied the recent transfer of wealth from the middle class to the upper class. —Paddy Johnson, art expert

6) “Martha Rosler: Irrespective,” November 2–March 3, 2019

Rosler’s critiques of mass cultural representations in the ’60s and ’70s eerily translate to the issues that plague our 2018 society. Her recent series, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, splices brutal images of the Iraq wars into domestic spaces—a modern translation of her series concerning the Vietnam War. See this retrospective at the Jewish Museum.—WSWD staff

7) “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again,” November 12–March 31, 2019

This long-anticipated retrospective (the first since 1989!) is finally hitting the Whitney Museum of American Art this fall. This exhibition will challenge your understanding of iconic cultural images, such as the Coke bottle and Marilyn Monroe, through obsessive repetition and regurgitation. —WSWD staff

Andy Warhol, Green Coca-Cola Bottles, 1962. / Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

8) “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” September 14–February 3, 2019

The Brooklyn Museum hyper-focuses on the aesthetic changes occurring in two decades of extreme social and political shifts in African-American history, from 1963 to 1983. The styles range tremendously from prints to abstractions, but all works address the social injustices facing black Americans during these crucial moments of upheaval and violence. Molly Surno, art expert

9) Lygia Pape, September 6–October 20

Pape puts the viewer first and her art second. Her works create an awareness of the gallery space and the fixed relationship between objects. The first work of art presented at Hauser & Wirth on 69th Street is arguably the most spectacular: Ttéia 1A, a silver thread that looks like glorious theater spotlights or intricate webs. Molly Surno, art expert

Lygia Pape, Amazonino Vermelho e Preto, 1990. / © Lygia Pape, Courtesy of Projeto Lygia Pape and Hauser & Wirth

10) “Daniel Buren: Tondi, Situated Works,” September 7–October 13

French conceptual artist Buren might be considered the godfather of the vertical stripe. His work uses circular frames for the motif and stained glass as a medium. No religious overtones here, though, unless reverie to the white cube counts. Check it out in Tribeca at the Bortolami Gallery.—Paddy Johnson, art expert

Mobile app:  Andy Warhol (1928–1987), Mao,1972. Acrylic, silkscreen ink, and graphite on linen, 14 ft. 8 1⁄2 in. x 11ft. 4 1⁄2 in. (4.48 x 3.47 m). The Art Institute of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize and Wilson L. Mead funds, 1974.230 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

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