The long summer break is almost over. In less than two weeks, New York will be inundated with new exhibitions. Many will come from leading artists who have not shown here in some time, offering an opportunity to catch up with their work, to take stock.
In the slide show at left, a guide to the 16 shows we’re particularly looking forward to next month, listed in order of their opening day. Are there others you are eagerly awaiting? Please share them in the comment section below.
Sept. 5 | Shimon Minamikawa at 47 Canal
The Tokyo–based artist's first exhibition in New York is also his first in the United States. He's spent the summer making works for the show while actually living in the gallery.
Shimon Minamikawa, Impression, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 25 3/4 x 58 2/3 in.
Courtesy the artist, Misako and Rosen, Tokyo, and 47 Canal, New York
Sept. 6 | Mark Flood, "Artstar," at Zach Feuer
Currently the subject of a major overview at Luxembourg & Dayan, the artist presents new work at Feuer, including "large, obnoxious text panels, a pile of vintage Life magazines and a series of grisaille non-floral lace paintings intended to terminate the lace painting project," according to the show's news release. (Note that this actually opens Aug. 28, though there will be a reception on Sept. 6.)
Mark Flood, Another Hole in the Ground, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 in.
Courtesty the artist and Zach Feuer Gallery
Sept. 7 | Ernst Wilhelm Nay at Mary Boone Gallery and Michael Werner Gallery
The first major presentation of Nay's work in the U.S. since his death in 1968 takes over three Manhattan galleries: both Mary Boone branches (Fifth Avenue and Chelsea) and Michael Werner's 77th Street locale. He has a giant-sized reputation in Europe. What have we been missing?
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Geteilt durch Rot und Blau, 1967, oil on canvas, 79 x 75 in.
Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Sept. 7 | Karen Kilimnik and Kim Gordon at 303 Gallery
For her 11th show at 303, her first since a triumphant showing at the Brant Foundation earlier this year, Karen Kilimnik will present new works alongside Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon.
Karen Kilimnik, the devils dining room, wychwood, gloucestershire, 2011, water soluble oil color on canvas, 18 x 24 in.
Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery
Sept. 8 | Paul Pfeiffer, "Playroom," at Paula Cooper Gallery
Paul Pfeiffer is back with his first show since leaving his former gallery, The Project. It's his first New York show since 2007. With the great Paula Cooper on board, this could be a career-changing show.
Paul Pfeiffer, still frame from 100 Point Game, 2012, digital video transferred to 16mm film, loop duration 4.5 min.
© Paul Pfeiffer. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Sept. 11 | Richard Phillips at Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian is really getting behind painter Richard Philips, giving him the coveted September slot at its West 24th Street gallery. The show will consist of three films, including First Point, which features Lindsay Lohan and premiered at Art Basel, and a bunch of new paintings.
Richard Phillips, Sasha II, 2012, 84 x 150 3/8 in.
© Richard Phillips. Courtesy Robert McKeever/Gagosian Gallery
Sept. 12 | Gerhard Richter, "Painting 2012," at Marian Goodman
Richter's abstractions have become popular in the marketplace of late, selling for more than $20 million at auction. For this show he uses digital software to closely examine one from 1990, Abstract Painting 724-4, and produce a series of manipulated close-up details that he calls Strip Paintings.
Gerhard Richter, 924-1 strip, 2012, unique digital print mounted between Aludibond and Perspex (Diasec), 78 3/4 x 236 1/4 in.
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris
Sept. 13 | Andrea Zittel, "Fluid Panel State," at Andrea Rosen Gallery
What's not to love about Andrea Zittel's penchant for making compact "Living Units" and communes in the California desert? This is her first show at Rosen since 2009.
Andrea Zittel, Prototype For Billboard at A-Z West: Blissful Productivity, 2011, AC Plywood, Polyurethane, matte acrylic paint, 48 x 96 in.
Courtesy the artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery
Sept. 13 | Thomas Hirschhorn, "Concordia, Concordia," at Gladstone Gallery
One of the few political artists still fashionable in today's politically blasé art-world, Hirschhorn's immersive sculptures made out of garbage and tape, are always good.
Thomas Hirschhorn, Universal Gym, 2009, at Gladstone Gallery, New York, 2009
Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
Sept. 13 | Gelitin at Greene Naftali Gallery
This über chaotic and very European collective revels in grossing everyone out with performances that are anarchic and just plain bizarre. For their last show at the gallery, in 2010 (picture above), they produced art while blindfolded. No doubt they have something epic planned.
Performance still of "Blind Sculpture" at Greene Naftali, 2010
Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali
Sept. 15 | Zoe Leonard at Murray Guy
Zoe Leonard has been busy with recent solo exhibitions at Dia: Beacon and Dia at the Hispanic Society, but it's been almost 10 years since she has had a major New York City solo show.
Zoe Leonard, April 4, frame 2, 2011, gelatin silver print, 21 3/8 x 30 1/4 in.
Courtesy the artist and Gisela Capitain
Sept. 15 | Andra Ursuta at Ramiken Crucible
Given that the gallery housed two live tigers last spring (part of Bjarne Melgaard's "Ideal Pole" exhibition), really anything is possible for sculptor Andra Ursuta's latest show there.
Installation view of Andra Ursuta sculptures at 3 Delancey Street, New York, 2012
Courtesy the artist and Ramiken Crucible
Sept. 15 | Rodney McMillian at Maccarone
The West Village gallery will debut its brand new annex with a site-specific installation by Rodney McMillian, who's shown in New York only rarely, despite appearing in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Rodney McMillian's 2010 installation at Project Row Houses, Houston
Courtesy the artist and Project Row Houses
Sept. 20 | Andro Wekua, "Dreaming Dreaming," at Gladstone Gallery
Andro Wekua's last show at Gladstone in New York was in 2008, when the spotlight was shining brightly on him. It should be interesting to see what he's been up to since then.
Andro Wekua, Me with the Pink Wave Hunter, 2011-2012, collage, photo, oil, color pen, marker and pastel on paper, 11 1/8 x 8 3/8 in.
Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery
Sept. 23 | Henrik Olesen at Reena Spaulings Fine Art
After a strong "Projects" show at MoMA and an appearance in the New Museum's current "Ghosts in the Machine" show, the anticipation is high for Henrik Olesen's Spaulings outing.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin
Sept. 29 | Thomas Bayrle, "Big Block," at Gavin Brown's Enterprise
One of the stars of this year's Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany, Thomas Bayrle will reflect on his historical work and the artistic process in this show. He last showed at GBE in 2006.
Installation view of works by Thomas Bayrle at Documenta 13