Fall marks the busiest in the contemporary art world. With things in full swing, this also means a brand new crop of shows to see. From major museums like the Whitney and MoMA, to galleries across the city, everyone is gearing up to see just what’s in store for this season. Although it can sometimes be daunting to keep up with everything that is currently on view, our list has you covered for some of the top 5 NYC Fall 2018 art shows.
David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night, The Whitney
This exhibition offers one of the most comprehensive looks at artist David Wojnarowicz’swork to date. The show explores over three decades of the artist’s work featuring photographs, paintings, video, sculpture, performance, writing and more. A mostly self-taught artist, Wojnarowicz came of age during the AIDS epidemic, which also became a large theme explored in his art. Inspired by the world around him, Wojnarowicz incorporated elements from many genres into his artistic practice, and in the process made work about his life and political realities of the time. Queer and HIV-positive, Wojnarowicz also became an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community at a time when many people were not aware of the magnitude of the AIDS crisis and other issues facing this group. The retrospective is on view until September 30th.
Anne Truitt Paintings at Matthew Marks
Known primarily for her sculptures within the art world, Anne Truitt’s latest show at Matthew Marks is attempting to confound those expectations. Featuring 15 paintings that were created between over a thirty-year span, many of which have not been seen before, this is one show that is a must-see this season. Although the works nod to minimalism, Truitt has always sought the capture the tension between the materials she uses. This can be seen in her bold color choices, and the often sparse lushness that are created on her canvases. Truitt’s work has also been widely exhibited throughout the US with shows that have been featured at the National Gallery, the Whitney Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art among others. Anne Truitt Paintings is on view from September 14 to October 27.
Judith Eisler: Riffs. Jarman’s Caravaggio at Casey Kaplan
In her first show with Casey Kaplan Gallery, painter Judith Eisler showcases a new series of paintings based on the 1986 movie “Caravaggio.” For this exhibit, Eisler took photographs from paused scenes from the movie “Caravaggio” and created paintings based on her images resulting in detailed canvases. Eisler’s unique approach to painting combines a series of complicated elements to create work that art that considers larger issues of psychological and physical space. Her art also seeks to address issues surrounding the role of the gaze, and how larger depictions of representation and abstraction intersect and diverge. Eisler, who is a professor of painting at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria has also exhibited extensively internationally and was also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Riffs. Jarman’s Caravaggio will be on view at September 6th through October 20th.
Joan Mitchell: Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century, 1953–1962 at Cheim and Read
Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century chronicles one of the most fruitful decades of painter Joan Mitchell‘s life. Mitchell who would come to carve out her own space within the male-dominated Abstract Expressionist movement of the last century, creates bold works that jump out beyond the confines of the canvas. This exhibition takes into account when Mitchell first started to gain critical acclaim early on in her career. However, she has continued to capture the imaginations of those her view work even almost three decades after her death. It is also the ninth show of her work at Cheim and Read. Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century is open from September 6 until October 27th.
Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger Icons at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Zurich artist duo Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger are back at it again this fall in their first show with Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. In Icons, Cortis and Sonderegger have recreated iconic photographs with a twist. Cortis and Sonderegger are complicating what photography, sculpture, and performance are often thought of through their funny and often absurd recreations. The images they chose to re-stage are usually easily recognizable and come from historical events and pop culture. The works are meticulous, at times funny, and ironically comment on the way in which narratives and imagery are made. Icons open September 13th and will be up through November 3rd.
With the art world kicking into high gear, these shows will be at the top of many people’s lists to see this fall. This season seems to have a little something for everyone and with so much great work on view, it’s hard not to be inspired.
About the Author
Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University