There are so many museum and gallery openings coming up that we needed some expert advice to pick a few for city boomers to check out. We spoke to our NYC art scene expert, Andrew Goldstein, who is the Chief Digital Content Officer for Artspace.com, an online art seller, and Phaidon, a prominent art publishing house, and found out some of his recommendations.
1.) What are the most anticipated major museum shows opening this fall?
New York’s museums are saving their biggest shows for October, but when that month comes around there are several enormous events in store. The biggest of them all is bound to be the historic unveiling of Leonard Lauder’s Cubism collection at the Met, which received the hoard of 78 paintings by Picasso and his confederates—valued at over $1 billion—as a gift a year and a half ago and has been preparing to give them their due ever since. Meanwhile, Picasso’s greatest frenemy, Henri Matisse, will be celebrated for his triumphant late cut-outs at MoMA in a exhibition touring from London’s Tate, and the great American sculptor Robert Gober will also receive an eagerly awaited retrospective at the Modern.
2.) What will be a sensational museum surprise of the fall season?
That just might be “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s,” the latest exhibition to fill the Guggenheim with a scholarly focus on a too-forgotten period from art history. This time the subject is the so-called ZERO Group, an informal association of artists that sprang up in postwar Germany under the leadership of Heinz Mack and Otto Piene and eventually recruited like-minded artists around the globe. (The figures who identify with ZERO’s experimental approach to nontraditional mediums and approaches included Yves Klein, Jesús Rafael Soto, Yayoi Kusama, and Piero Manzoni.) Audiences unfamiliar with the ways Europe’s conceptual artists dealt with the aftermath of World War II will have a lot to learn here.
3.) What is the off-the-beaten track museum you should visit?
Well, there’s never been a better time to check out Long Island City’s SculptureCenter, which this month is holding its grand reopening after a two-year, $6 million renovation and expansion campaign. With 2,000 new square feet added to the space, the 86-year-old nonprofit will flex its new amenities with several much-anticipated shows, chief among them “Puddle, Pothole, Portal,” a group show that curator Ruba Katrib has organized with artist-of-the-moment Camille Henrot, fresh off her acclaimed New Museum exhibition and Silver Lion win at the last Venice Biennale.
4.) What are a few of the most exciting gallery shows opening in September?
The opening of the fall season is always chockablock with intriguing shows, with galleries trying to regain their audiences’ attention after the long summer. While there seems to be a dearth of major names in the first volley of shows, there’s plenty of interest to look out for. For one thing, Dan Colen—the artist made famous by New York Magazine’s 2007 cover story “Warhol’s Children”—is returning to Gagosian for his second outing at the blue-chip gallery, following a debut several years ago that met with universally terrible reviews. Will he bounce back? Then Metro Pictures is displaying work by the Detroit underground artist and cult hero Jim Shaw, while David Zwirner will have a slate of four shows, including new pieces by the crowd-pleasing surrealist Marcel Dzama and the anarchic late installation artist Jason Rhoades.