10 fall art exhibitions to see

Get the most out of museums in NYC with our list of the top ten fall art exhibits

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Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992 Photograph: Russell Kaye, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery; © 2014 Robert Gober


Autumn is nearly here, which means rich pickings for museumgoers as the Met, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and other institutions and galleries around the city gear up for the best fall art shows. There is lots to see, as usual, but to help you make sense of it all, here are our picks of the top ten must-see museum exhibits.

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Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 3rd action, 1965

Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 3rd action, 1965 Photograph: © 2014 Austrian Ludwig Foundation

"Rite of Passage: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960–1966"

Hauser & Wirth's pocket survey of paintings and collages by the Vienna Actionists (Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler) offers a rare opportunity to revisit the intense if sometimes bizarre accomplishments of these Austrian artists who emerged in the 1960s. Like their contemporaries in Germany, they were born during the Third Reich, and their work could be seen, in part, as reaction to the horrors of Nazism. But whereas Richter and Polke borrowed from American Pop Art, the Actionists developed a visceral expressionism, rooted in performance art. Nominally a rejection of American AbEx and its European analog, Art Informel, Actionism often involved or referred to depredations to the body, both literally and figuratively. A sense of alienated rage percolated throughout, and allusions to blood and fecal matter were common. Distinguished by its embrace of abjection, Actionism left a strange legacy that lives on in contemporary art.

  1. Hauser & Wirth New York 32 E 69th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10021
  2. Tue Sep 9 - Sat Oct 25
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Jenny Holzer, X CONCLUSION, 2014

Jenny Holzer, X CONCLUSION, 2014 Photograph: courtesy Cheim & Read gallery

Jenny Holzer, "Dust Paintings"

For the past several years, Holzer has been creating a series of paintings sourced from redacted government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. She bases her latest show on accounts related to the use of "enhanced interrogation" (i.e. torture) by the U.S military and CIA on detainees captured during the War on Terror. Heavily censored, the files feature large areas of blacked-out texts, and by playing upon their resemblance to abstract shapes, Holzer draws a line connecting art history to the deep state.

  1. Cheim & Read 547 W 25th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sat Oct 25
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Photograph: Tom Brewer

Ryan McGinley, Yearbook

The photographer's passion for fleeting youth is on full display in this installation. Depicting 200 models, all young and in the nude, the piece consists of 500 studio portraits printed on vinyl sheets, which are stuck to every square inch of the gallery's walls and ceiling. It's a celebration of the innocent and anodyne but also, as the title suggests, an acknowledgment of the transition to the ravages of adulthood.

  1. Team Gallery 83 Grand St, between Greene and Wooster Sts
  2. Sun Sep 7 - Sun Oct 12
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Photograph: Marcus Leith

Tomma Abts

For her first solo exhibition at the gallery in six years, the Turner Prize winner presents new works showcasing her signature take on abstraction: Small, portrait formatted canvases, featuring fluid geometries or patterns that are sometimes enhanced by illusionistic elements (like shadows), making them appear to float in space.

  1. David Zwirner 519 W 19th St. , 10011
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Sat Oct 25
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Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2013

Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2013 Photograph: © Roger Hiorns; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Roger Hiorns

Hiorns was short-listed for the 2009 Turner Prize, and his ambition of scale is certainly consistent with the type of artist usually associated with that prestigious award. His installations and sculptures aim for nothing less than distilling the alienating effects of our globalist world. It's a tall order, but no one could accuse Hiorns of not giving it his best shot. Engines from cars and airliners, nude models posing with them, and objects and entire rooms covered with deep-blue crystals of copper sulfate have all been part of his M.O. This show represents his American debut.

  1. Luhring Augustine 531 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sat Oct 18
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Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992 Photograph: Russell Kaye, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery; © 2014 Robert Gober

"Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor"

This is the first U.S. survey ever of the work of Robert Gober, whose sculptures and installations imbue simple, everyday objects (sinks, doors, newspapers, sticks of butter, storm drains) and figurative fragments with an outsized sense of longing and nostalgia. Emerging in the mid-1980s alongside other artists— such as Jeff Koons—who were furthering Duchamp's Readymade strategy, Gober's efforts were notable for the unabashed manner in which they reintroduced sentiment and poetical feeling into late-20th century aesthetics.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Oct 4 - Wed Dec 31
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Fernand Léger, Typographer, 1919

Fernand Léger, Typographer, 1919

"Cubism"

hese 80 paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection—all promised gifts to the Met—represents the first time they have been shown in public, offering opportunity to revisit the seminal early-20th Century movement through the taste of one patron. The contributing artists comprise a mighty quartet of Braque, Gris, Léger and Picasso.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Judith Scott, Untitled, 2004

Judith Scott, Untitled, 2004 Photograph: © Brooklyn Museum

"Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound"

What is it finally that defines art, that elusive term which lifts the mere fact of creation to an act of genius? That's been the challenge posed by self-taught artists. The work of Judith Scott (1943-2005)—a deaf and functionally mute person with Down Syndrome, who spent most of her life in institutions for the disabled—offers a fascinating example. Unlike the work of many outsiders, her sculptures aren't visionary: They're process pieces involving a highly disciplined yet improvisational approach of wrapping yarn and other fibers around found objects. The resulting mummylike forms rival anything produced by contemporary sculptors. This museum retrospective, her first, doesn't just present an opportunity to consider her astounding accomplishments: It further blurs the boundary between artistic insider and outsider.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Wed Dec 31
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Henri Matisse, Memory of Oceania (Souvenir d’Océanie), summer 1952–early 1953

Henri Matisse, Memory of Oceania (Souvenir d’Océanie), summer 1952–early 1953 Photograph: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1968. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

It was rather late in life that Henri Matisse (1869–1954) began to create one of his most extraordinary bodies of work. Starting in the 1940s, he cut out shapes in colored paper, arranging them into compositions that sometimes seemed to push into pure abstraction. Even when they didn't, the forms he employed—nude figures, floral motifs—appeared to float in space, and it is this sense of buoyancy that makes these paintings among the most compelling in his oeuvre. MoMA's survey is the first to focus on this aspect of his career since 1961, and if anything, the works have only gained in power in the intervening years.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Wed Dec 31
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Chris Ofili, The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of the Black Stars (Third Version), 1998

Chris Ofili, The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of the Black Stars (Third Version), 1998 Photogrpah: Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, New York/London, and Victoria Miro, London. © Chris Ofili

“Chris Ofili: Night and Day”

Chris Ofili is still remembered for the Brooklyn Museum's 1999 “Sensation” exhibition and the painting he included: a portrait of the Madonna, adorned with a ball of elephant dung. The piece ignited a shit storm of controversy and received ringing condemnation from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who threatened to defund the museum. Of course, Ofili has done so much more than that single painting, as this New Museum retrospective, the artist's first in the U.S., amply demonstrates. On view is the full gamut of the Afro-British artist's career, including paintings, drawings and sculpture, all of them revealing a lush aesthetic that draws on Ofili's African roots and his fascination with pop culture.

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Wed Oct 29 - Wed Dec 31
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