Fall Art Preview Part One: Astronauts, Pizza, & Virginia Woolf

Remember the art world? After three months of unwieldy group shows and summer sloth, the gallery scene in New York is about to come back to life. Here, is our first of a two-part look at the exhibitions you won’t want to miss. This week sees a fair number of openings—including new paintings from Charline Von Heyl, and a group show dedicated to the pizza pie–but consider it an appetizer for the overstuffed banquet that will be on view the following Thursday. 

“Tumescence” at Michael Werner Gallery, 4 East 77th Street // Opening September 5 
“Typically defined as an exaggerated physical condition of enlargement or swelling, tumescence here describes a feeling in painting.” (That said, we bet there’s more than a few literal hard-ons lurking in these canvases by Peter Doig, Sigmar Polke, Michael Williams, and the ever-irreverent Peter Saul.)
 
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Editor and critic Ben Davis celebrates the launch of his celebrated new book about artmaking and art market (published by Haymarket), which New York magazine dubbed “a riveting manifesto.” He’s joined in conversation by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, who contributed the volume’s cover image: A dense drawing mapping the art world’s incestuous connections. Let’s see how many of those familiar faces turn up to fete the author. 
 
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Entitled “The Waves, The Body Alone,” this exhibition draws inspiration from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, and promises to be endearingly inscrutable. “Hundley constructs his artistic identity as Woolf constructs her novel, using multiple voices and the simulacra of many different viewpoints to create the impression of a deeply personal whole,” the press materials explain. “Donovan, The Smiths, Kate Bush, Thornton Wilder, Vera Andrus, Paul Thek, Glenn Gould and others function as stand-ins for his own voice.” The gallery’s second location on Grand Street is simultaneously presenting “Parasitic Gaps,” a group show (curated by Miriam Katzeff) including Margaret Lee, Georgia Sagri, Matthew Higgs, and James Hoff. 
 
Matthew Day Jackson at Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street// Opening September 6
Jackson’s work explores mortality, racing culture, war, Life magazine, anthropological systems of display, and a whole lot more. His latest show, “Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue,” promises to be equally high-concept and dramatic, with forlorn landscapes, cut-open bodies, and skeletal astronauts.
 
 
Charline Von Heyl at Petzel, 456 West 18th Street// Opening September 6
You’d think the prolific Von Heyl would have run out of ideas by now, but she’s still making some of the most alluring, inventive, and beautiful quasi-abstract paintings around. 
 
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“Pizza Time!” at Marlborough Gallery, Broome Street // Opening September 8
This powerhouse gallery whets your appetite for its new L.E.S. space with a group show dedicated to…pizza. But don’t expect a Vice magazine style dude-bro celebration of all things cheesy (though there might be some of that)—the artist roster includes John Baldessari, Uri Aran, Martin Kippenberger, Willem de Kooning, and Tony Matelli, among many others.
 
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David Adamo at UNTITLED, 30 Orchard Street // Opening September 8
 
This maestro of wood is best known for sculptures that look like they were hewn by a particularly refined beaver. (You may also remember him from 2010’s Greater New York show at PS1, for which he built a floor out of baseball bats.)
 
 
Ashley Bickerton at Lehmann Maupin, 201 Christie Street // Opening September 11
The artist, based in Bali, presents a new body of his over-the-top mixed media works, incorporating resin, digital printing, and old-fashioned paint to create portraits of what might be tropical zombies. 
 

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