A Guide to Fall 2017 NYC Gallery Shows

NYC Gallery - Louise Fishman
Louise Fishman, Grand Slam (1985). Courtesy of The Met

As summer comes to an end, many art-goers in New York City and beyond are excited to see what fall will bring. Galleries are gearing up for a busy Autumn season with many shows slated open during the first week of September. With so many exhibitions making their debut, it can be hard to stay ahead of the curve and to keep up with others that have been overlooked. This fall NYC gallery guide will review some of the best shows that are currently on view or are about to open to help you determine which to visit.

Uptown: nasty women/bad hombres at the Museo del Barrio

Uptown: nasty women/bad hombres which opened this summer at the Museo del Barrio is one exhibition that tackles many issues. Featuring a range of artists who are either living or working in El Barrio, Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood, whose work tackles “legacies of sexism, racism, homophobia, the power of the media, the state of health care and our natural environment, and violence in various ways.” With these larger subject matters in mind, this group show also features a wide range of mediums including craft, video, performance, painting and more.

Although this show has not gotten a lot of press, it is one of the most innovative to come out of this museum recently. It is on view until November 5.

Louise Fishman at Cheim & Read

Louise Fishman has become a mainstay within the art world. This prolific painter’s work has at times, been hard to categorize, but she is back at this fall with her eighth solo exhibit at NYC gallery, Cheim and Read. Opening on September 7, this show will be sure to captivate audiences once again. The works range in size as well, from 4 x 6” to 96” and are made from various materials including oil, watercolor, egg tempera and colored pencil, ink graphite. The paintings in this exhibition were made between 2016-17 and utilize the grid system in new and interesting ways. Fishman has many gestural brush strokes that overtake the canvas but also invite the viewer in.

While much of Fishman’s work seems to defy categories, she has continued to hone her painting craft. However, as a Jewish, feminist who is a lesbian, Fishman has broken many barriers over her forty-year career. She has been the recipient of 3 National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. Fishman’s work is also included in several major permanent collections notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This exhibition will be on view until October 28.

Todd at Petzel Gallery

 On September 8 Petzel Gallery will present the sixth solo show of painter Thomas Eggerer. For this latest show, Eggerer explores public spaces through a series of paintings. Each work which has been created from a fixed perspective allowing the viewer to have a very constrained entry point into the work.

The fixed position gives viewers a bird’s eye view of various surfaces and the details it encapsulates. According to a press release for Todd, “This attention to detail appears to be a new development in Eggerer work, which has previously exploited tensions between line and color or the “finished” vs. the ‘unfinished’.” This exploration of space is a continuation of the artist’s previous work which has previously depicted architectural settings and groups of people. This show will be on view until October 14.

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum

This year the New Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary. In celebration of this, Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon will open on September 27. This group exhibition captures the kind of defiance, cutting edge, and provocative work that has kept this institution on the forefront for the last four decades. The show will feature a wide range of established to emerging artists including: Faught, Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel, Ellen Lesperance, Mickalene Thomas, and Candice Lin, Vaginal Davis, as well as Sable Elyse Smith, Paul Mpagi Sepuya among others.

Working across varied disciplines from performance, video, painting, sculpture, drawing and more, this show will investigate the larger cultural representations of gender. Borrowing from the title, the term trigger has many meanings, which has resulted in a rich subject matter for the artists to explore. The show investigates identity and cultural representations widely and is sure to be one of the most widely visited museum show this season. In addition to the work on display, there will be a series of talks with many prominent individuals within the art world and beyond including new minted NYU Performance Studies faculty member Fred Moten, and Mel Y. Chen, from the University of California at Berkeley. It will be on view until January 21, 2018.

These four hand-picked NYC gallery exhibitions will be some of the most exciting to come out of the 2017 fall contemporary art scene. Each show reflects the wide range of mediums that the artists work in, and touch on a host of complex social and cultural topics. As the gallery season evolves, be sure to check out these shows and many others happening within the Metro area.

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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.