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18 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York This September

(L-R) An installation view of "Satan Ceramics" at Salon 94; a detail of Strauss Bourque-LaFrance's "Babe, just do it," 2013, at Rachel Uffner Gallery; and Cindy Sherman's "Untitled (The Daughter)," from the exhibit "Days Inn" at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
(Courtesy Salon 94/ Rachel Uffner Gallery/ Mitchell-Innes & Nash.)

Summer’s almost over, and the New York art world returns with a vengeance early next month. To whet your appetite, we present a necessarily incomplete list of a few of the exhibitions we’re most excited about as the fall kicks off — from porn-inflected conceptualism to Satanic ceramics.

Nick Cave at Jack Shainman Gallery (513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street)

September 4-October 11

If you didn’t venture up to Shainman’s new Kinderhook, New York outpost The School, here’s your chance to see some of Cave’s stunning new sculptures in Manhattan. The pieces — many featuring simple, racially-charged tools, like shoe-shine brushes — are a visceral counterpoint to his omnipresent Soundsuits.

Justine Kurland at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (534 West 26th Street and 1018 Madison Avenue)

September 4-October 11

For her solo exhibition at the gallery’s Chelsea location, Kurland is showing a series called “Sincere Auto Care”: photographs shot across the country over the course of three years, focusing on tricked-out cars and the mechanics that keep them running. Uptown, Kurland curates “Days Inn,” a group show that brings together Mamie Tinkler, Gillian Wearing, Virginia Overton, Jay DeFeo, and others.

Johannes VanDerBeek at Zach Feuer Gallery (548 West 22nd Street)

September 4-October 4

The artist presents sculptures as well as sculptural paintings (composed of materials like Aquaresin, clay, and silicon) whose fields of abstract marks resolve and dissolve with each viewing — turning what seemed like a landscape of trees into a soft explosion of random gesture and pattern.    

Despina Stokou at Derek Eller Gallery (615 West 27th Street)

September 5-October 4

This Berlin-based Greek artist jam-packs her collaged canvases with words — sometimes found text, other times lists of things crowd-sourced from her peers. This solo show is called “Only Tomatoes and Horses.” Stokou is probably not being entirely literal there, but you never know.

Adam Helms at Boesky East (20 Clinton Street)

September 7-October 5

This New York artist’s career has taken some interesting detours over the years, from early scenes of enigmatic militiamen to lightbox works incorporating found imagery, paintings of deconstructed football team logos, and silkscreen or charcoal portraits of women, or terrorists. He inaugurates Boesky’s brand new L.E.S. space with gouache drawings (and one laser etching on paper), many of them based on film stills.  

Strauss Bourque-LaFrance at Rachel Uffner (170 Suffolk Street)

September 7-October 19

The artist makes his debut with Uffner, transforming the bi-level space with two- and three-dimensional works and aiming for “a peculiarly disjointed domestic mise-en-scene.” Included will be a series of what he dubs “Vacation” paintings, hazy and hypnotic works incorporating Plexiglas, plastic mesh, and spraypaint that conjure an aesthetic “somewhere between smartphone screens and store vitrines.”

Darja Bajagic at Room East (41 Orchard Street)

September 7-October 5

Anyone strolling down Orchard Street this summer likely noticed “DevilGirl Lilly Roma,” a strikingly out-of-place image featuring the titular adult-film actress by Bajagic that hung in the front window of the gallery as part of its “Abnormcore” group show. The artist layers similarly X-rated images into minimal compositions and collages; in her video works, pornographic photos accrete and layer, interrupted by the occasional cartoon bug or smiley-faced balloon. Expect to be titillated and confused in equal measure.

Ian Tweedy at UNTITLED (30 Orchard Street)

September 7-October 19

This Brooklyn-based artists’s works — often painted on book covers, or using found canvases — are eerily evocative. The new series in this show, “Descent,” circles around the story of Joseph Beuys’s 1944 plane crash.

“Satan Ceramics” at Salon 94 Freemans (1 Freeman Alley)

September 7-October 25

Hungry for fired clay, perhaps with a cheeky reference to the Lord of Darkness? Thankfully, this quartet of collaborative makers — JJ PEET, Mary Frey, Pat McCarthy, and Tom Sachs — are more than willing to satisfy your unique dual craving. Objects promised to be on view include urinals, skateboards, pentagram-ornamented cups, Simpsons plates, and a range of work “bound to the framework of [McCarthy’s] pigeoning practice.” (Meanwhile, stay tuned for the October issue of Modern Painters, which includes a very heady discussion between PEET and Sachs about ritualized cups).

Derrick Adams at Tilton Gallery (8 East 76th Street)

September 10-October 18

The artist — whose collages often mash up anatomy, architecture, and domestic interiors — presents a series of new works: Wildly patterned scenes caught on television. 

Stephen Shore at 303 Gallery (507 West 24th Street)

September 11-November 1

The photographer presents two groups of color photographs that are more than a bit timely: one shot in Israel, the other in Ukraine.

Jim Shaw at Metro Pictures (519 West 24th Street)

September 12-October 25

New paintings from the former Destroy All Monsters member, in an exhibition titled “I Only Wanted You To Love Me.” According to press materials, references in the works will include Farah Fawcett, the Seven Dwarves, Wagner, Jimi Hendrix, and Mt. Rushmore. 

“Broadway Morey Boogie,” on the Broadway Mall (Columbus Circle to West 166th Street)

Opening September 17

Marlborough Chelsea helms this public art outing from a dozen artists, including Sarah Braman, Davina Semo, and Dan Colen. Devin Troy Strother will bring his ecstatic Afro’d women outdoors, and Tony Matelli will install a hyperrealist dog (perhaps a safer bet than “Sleepwalker,” that infamous sculpture of a mostly nude man that basically ruined Wellesley College forever.)

“Fire!” at Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor)

September 18-November 1

The ceramics revival keeps burning up at Adam Lindemann’s space, where the confusingly named de Pury de Pury curates a show dedicated to the medium, with artists including Friedrich Kunath, Rosemarie Trockel, Sterling Ruby, Josh Smith, and many others.

“Cast From Life” at Skarstedt (20 East 79th Street)

September 18-October 25

A sculpture survey with an impressive roster, including Fischli & Weiss, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Rachel Harrison, and Franz West. There’s a bit of bronze (Jeff Koons, Thomas Schütte) and a little yarn for good measure (Mike Kelley’s 1989 “Manly Craft #4”).

Orly Genger and James Siena at Sargent’s Daughters (179 East Broadway)

September 19-October 19
Genger is best known for ambitious public works like “Red Yellow Blue,” installed at Madison Square Park last year. This exhibition leaves the rope behind and pairs the artist’s drawings, which resemble kinetic cartoon fistfights, with minimalist works on paper by Siena made using a typewriter.

“Thread Lines” at the Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street)

September 19-December 14

A bit of textile magic, with fabric-centric works by Louise Bourgeois, Sheila Hicks, Jessica Rankin, William J. O’Brien, Sam Moyer, and others.

Andy Coolquitt at Lisa Cooley (107 Norfolk Street)

Opens September 7

Coolquitt’s is an art of doodads and cast-offs, orbiting around kindred spirits like Duchamp, B. Wurtz, and Haim Steinbach. His previous shows here have turned the space into an all-encompassing environment, shot through with color and oddball objects. More recently Coolquitt was a Chinati Artist in Residence down in Marfa, so perhaps his new work in New York will retain some of that weathered, Texan flair — lots of worn wood and rusty metal.