The art world goes back to school in September too, so here’s what to look for this month, from Gerhard Richter to the Sartorialist to Macaulay Culkin.
Richter Goes Digital
Marian Goodman Gallery, Sept. 12 – Oct. 13
The renowned painter Gerhard Richter, recently the subject of a documentary and travelling retrospective, exhibits his latest digitally processed Strip Paintings.
Art in the Middle East and Wilt Chamberlain’s Playroom
Paula Cooper Gallery (21st street), Sept. 22 – Oct. 27
Walid Raad explores how recent events in the Middle East have influenced art. Also at Paula Cooper this month, Paul Pfeiffer recreates the “playroom” of basketball player Wilt Chamberlain’s Los Angeles mansion.
Glossies at Gagosian
Gagosian (24th St), Sept. 11 – Oct. 20
Notable celebrity-chaser Richard Phillips is best known for his glossy, pop culture paintings, though he also recently experimented with film portraits of Lindsey Lohan and Sasha Grey.
In Dialogue with Nature
Matthew Marks Gallery (526 W 22 St.), Sept. 7 – Nov. 3
Robert Adams is our foremost photographer of the American West and chronicler of our relationship with nature. Also at Matthew Marks this month: a monumental sculpture by Tony Smith and smaller sculptures by Tony Smith and Jackson Pollock.
Danziger Gallery, September 6-15
Scott Schuman a.k.a. The Sartorialist has risen from amateur photographer with a passion for street style to a ubiquitous source of fashion inspiration.
Why Dance in the Art World?
Judson Memorial Church, Monday, September 17, 12:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Performa hosts an event exploring the history and future of the art world’s interest in dance.
Eye-to-Eye with Christopher Columbus
Columbus Circle, September 20 – November 18
You might have noticed scaffolding going up around the statue of Columbus at Columbus Circle. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi invites you to go eye-to-eye with Columbus in a living room six stories in the air.
The Life of an Art Corporation
Artists Space, Sept. 9 – Dec. 16
This is the first retrospective for the elusive and allusive Bernadette Corporation, so named because back in the mid-’90s they decided calling themselves a corporation would be “the perfect way to alienate alternative politically-correct types.”
FLAG Art Foundation, Sept. 21 – Dec. 15
Ed Ruscha said good art should elicit a response of “Huh? Wow!” as opposed to “Wow! Huh?” He forgot about “Huh? Hah!” This group show about humor in art includes David Shrigley, Mike Kelley, Robert Gober, and many others.
The Endless Influence of Andy Warhol
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 18 – Dec. 31
This is the first time an exhibition has attempted to systematically survey the pervasive influence of Andy Warhol over the past fifty years. Sixty artists are represented, from Cory Arcangel to Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Can Architecture Still Be Political?
Museum of Modern Art, Sept. 12 – Mar. 25
Follow up MoMA’s recently-closed exhibition about the foreclosure crisis with this exhibition of avant-garde architecture from the 1960s and ’70s.
Step Inside the Cosmos of Rosemarie Trockel
The New Museum, Sept. 24 – Jan. 13
Rosemarie Trockel is known for working in just about every medium: drawing, collage, installation, “knit paintings,” ceramics, videos, furniture, clothing, and books. At the New Museum, these pieces are juxtaposed with nineteenth century glass models of sea creatures, seventeenth-century watercolors, and more.
Election 2012, the Art Installation
The New Museum, Oct. 10 – Nov. 18
Artist Jonathan Horowitz invites you to hang out and discuss the election in an installation that is being staged simultaneously at art museums across the country. The environment will be divided by red and blue area rugs with back-to-back monitors playing Fox News (on the red side) and CNN (on the blue side).
Paintings by Macaulay Culkin, Adam Green, and Toby Goodshank
Le Poisson Rouge, September 13, 6:30 p.m. (RSVP only)
Yes, that Macaulay Culkin, and his musician friends Adam Green and Toby Goodshank. Maybe he should stick to dinosaur parties? Show up at 10:00 for a public viewing and a DJ set from Mac’s iPod.