Top art shows in NYC this fall by date
Humeau’s first US solo museum exhibition features surreal amorphous sculptures that draw upon the French artist's research into origins of humanity, and the history of language, love, spirituality and war.
A look at a brief moment in 20th-century art history when Vitebsk in present-day Belarus became a hotbed of the early-20th century avant-garde thanks to the presence of three giants of Early Russian Modernism: Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kasimir Malevich.
Works by 60 contributors recall an era in the 1970s when African-American artists grappled with the cultural changes wrought by the Civil Rights movement.
Hard as it is to believe, this exhibition represents the first-ever comprehensive retrospective in North America devoted to Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863). Joining forces with Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Met offers some 150 paintings, drawings, prints and manuscripts by this towering figure of 19th-century art. Presented chronologically, the show spans Delacroix’s four decades as a central player during a tumultuous period that laid the foundations of modernism
Even paranoiacs have real enemies, and sometimes those paranoiacs are artists, too. The truth is out there in this show featuring works that us through the conspiratorial looking glass.
For this outdoor installation, the artist is arraying a series of quirky abstract sculptures in porcelain, wood and cast iron around Madison Square Park’s central fountain, which has been drained for the occasion. The installation’s title is taken from a famous order given by Admiral David Farragut, whose statue stands nearby, at the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. When his squadron began to withdraw after one of its ships was sunk, he ordered it to reverse course and charge the harbor. “Damn the torpedoes,” he said, using period nomenclature for mines, “full speed ahead!”
One of the bad girls of the original Young British Artists group, Sarah Lucas emerged in the early 1990s with provocative, in-your-face work that, as Brits like to say, took the piss out of attitudes revolving around gender and social norms. Sex, death, abjection and class provided the fodder for satirical jabs at the lofty pretensions of high culture. Scabrous and contentious, Lucas’s work weaponized self-abasement to take on male privilege in the art world and society at large. This exhibit marks her first museum show in the United States.
Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) was a pioneer of abstract painting, though admittedly, something of an accidental one. Although she produced purely non-objective paintings well before the likes of Vassily Kandinsky or Kasimir Malevich, she created them as part of her involvement in occult and mystical practices that sought contact with the spirit realm. When Klint did exhibit, she mostly showed conventional portraits and landscapes. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the Swedish artist anticipated one of the most important aesthetic revolutions in 20th-century art. This show takes the measure of her singular artistic achievement.
Often referred to as the Cindy Sherman of Japan, Yasumasa Morimura has put a gender-bending spin on a photographic genre that might be called performative self-portraiture. Staged entirely for the camera, his work is a form of drag that involves elaborate customs and sets to deconstruct icons of pop culture and art history—and, very often, the overlap between the two. Famous paintings and photos are the grist for his work, which channels Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara, Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh, among many others.
Both MoMA and its Queens satellite devote space to this unpacking of the work of Bruce Nauman in the biggest retrospective of his career. A Conceptual Art pioneer who led the development of practices such as performance, video and installation art during the 1960s and ’70s, Nauman emphasized process over product, pushing the boundaries of the artist’s role while aggressively interrogating the human condition with pieces that were noted for their piquant psychological insights.
As an art professor at Yale between 1994 and 2018, Feinstein nurtured the talents some of the most familiar names in contemporary art today. Now it’s her turn to shine in this retrospective of her socially-charged abstract paintings.
In a certain sense, this retrospective of the career of Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is somewhat redundant. After all, if you want to see his work, just look around you: Warhol anticipated our free-market cultural landscape of short attention spans and narcissistic social media engagements. But he also represented a classic example of American self-invention, going from a skinny, nerdy kid from Pittsburgh to the world’s most famous artist. This show, the first major Warhol survey since 1989, takes the measure of his achievements.