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ARTINFO's 40 Most Anticipated New York Fall Gallery Shows

Richard Misrach's "Outdoor Dining, Bonneville Salt Flats," 1992
(Courtesy the Artist; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York )

We had so many plans, so many summer art books to read, so many out-of-town art destinations to which we'd plotted weekend trips, and now here we are again, swept up in a tidal wave of exhibition openings. To help you — and ourselves — better ride New York City's towering swell of art activity, ARTINFO has assembled this handy list of the season's 40 must-attend exhbibitions. (Click the slide show to see artworks from select upcoming exhibitions.)

El Anatsui at Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, November 28-January 12, 2013

The politically-resonant, flexible forms of Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui’s contemporary abstract work draw on the colonial and post colonial-history of Africa, and repurpose commercial materials like bottle caps to create monumental flowing sheets that alter the spaces they occupy. — Alanna Martinez

“As Real As It Gets,” at apexart, 291 Church Street, November 15-December 22

Curated by writer and consumer culture expert Rob Walker, this group show turns the commercial product market on its head, appropriating branding and consumption as media for art through fictional products, play-advertising, and dreamed-up brands — giving the ad man a run for his money. — A Martinez

Bernadette Corporation, “2000 Wasted Years,” at Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 2nd Floor, September 9-December 16

The New York-based conceptual art trio’s first major retrospective brings together works from the mid-’90s to today, spanning their BC-branded athletic clothes, the short-lived magazine Made in USA, their best-known video work, and subsequent faux-corporate promotional materials for never-realized film projects. Benjamin Sutton

Peter Coffin at Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, opens September 21

Merry prankster Peter Coffin, who is perhaps most famous for dressing tree trunks in blue jeans, doesn't get nearly enough play in New York, so this show at the increasingly well-programmed Venus Over Manhattan gallery is a welcome surprise. — Julia Halperin

Nancy Davidson, “Dustup,” at Betty Cuningham Gallery, 541 West 25th Street, September 6-October 6

Following an immersive investigation into rodeo-riding and cowgirl culture, Davidson’s “Dustup” is her massive, inflatable, sculptural response to this obscure facet of Americana glam, presented alongside two smaller pieces and video footage of a real live rodeo. — Sara Roffino

Chris Dorland, “Permanent Vacation,” at Winkleman Gallery, 621 West 27th Street, September 7-October 20

Dorland’s exhibition “Permanent Vacation” comes with a call to escape the chaos of the city, but it would be difficult to do so in the artist’s surreal, dystopic paintings like the acid-green “untitled (dumping core).” — Kyle Chayka

Leonardo Drew at Sikkema Jenkins Co., 530 West 22nd Street, September 6-October 12

In his previous solo exhibitions at Sikkema Jenkins, San Antonio- and Brooklyn-based Drew created bristling site-specific installations with explosions of splintered wood and worn fiber from the walls, and this return to the gallery has his engaging energy wound through a serpentine sculptural piece. — Allison Meier

Jordan Eagles, Hemofields, at Krause Gallery, 149 Orchard Street, September 5-October 16

Eagles is getting serious points for originality by combining body art with abstract easel painting (and a dash of chemical photography) in his series of black acrylic boxes adorned in blood-soaked strips of gauze. — Reid Singer

“The Feverish Library” at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, 537 West 22nd Street, September 6-October 20

White Columns’ Matthew Higgs co-organized this “densely layered” exhibition of art made from book pages, dust jackets, and shelves that’s a conceptual exploration of the declining medium — plus 30 artists display their favorite books. — Rachel Corbett

Lucie Fontaine, Estate, at Marianne Boesky, 118 East 64th Street, August 15-October 15

Continuing her “Domesticity” series of exhibitions, Lucie Fontaine, self-described “art employer” and director of offbeat projects at her Milan art space, entered the Marianne Boesky townhouse with her employees and a group of unidentified artists on August 15 to spend a month completely transforming the place, and at the September opening the public can finally see what kind of immersive manipulation on the idea of the home they have made. — A Meier

Roger Fritz, Querelle, at White Columns, 320 West 13th Street, September 7-October 13

A collection of over 100 images taken by Roger Fritz during the production of “Querelle,” the final film of famed New German Cinema film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, convey Fassbinder’s creative brilliance and Fritz’s documentary mastery. — SR

Kim Gordon and Karen Kilimnik at 303 Gallery, 547 West 21st Street, September 7-September 29

The Sonic Youth front-woman and the painter of wan celebrity portraits are the odd-couple of New York fall shows. While Gordon is critiquing “the heroic gestures of the male rock star,” Killmnick will riff on “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Bananarama,” and the long- defunct MTV trend show “House of Style.” — Chloe Wyma

Antony Gormley at Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, October 27-November

The former Chelsea mega-gallery launches its new Hell's Kitchen space with a show of the British sculptor's fractal humanoids, his first solo exhibition in NY since he placed jumpers atop buildings around Madison Square Park in 2010. — BS

Ellen Gronemeyer at Kimmerich, 50 White Street, September 7-October 20

The consistently impressive under-the-radar Tribeca gallery brings another Berlin-based artist across the pond, showcasing Gronemeyer’s thickly layered neo-figurative paintings, which include grotesque crowd scenes and portraits in several distinct, art history-referencing styles. — BS

Trenton Doyle Hancock, “...And Then It All Came Back to Me,” at James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, November-December

Well on his way to becoming a significant part of the contemporary canon, Hancock continues his hallucinations in paper and paint at James Cohan this fall. Appreciative fans can expect more Mounds, vegans, and bizarre worlds populated by even weirder creatures. — KC

Suzanne Harris at Salomon Contemporary, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 519, September 14-October 6

“Arriving on the heels of the release of her book chronicling the salad days of DIY art collective 112 Greene Street, curator Jessamyn Fiore highlights the glass sculptures and works on paper of Suzanne Harris, a significant yet unduly forgotten figure in Soho's downtown art scene.” — CW

Valerie Hegarty, “Figures, Flowers, Fruit,” at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 21 Orchard Street, September 9-October 21

Known for her mixed media works mimicking historical portraits and landscapes that have been burned, rain damaged, or whose wood stretchers have continued to grow and sprouted leaves, Hegarty turns here to still lifes, with flowers and fruit growing and spilling outside the frame in monstrous abundance. — BS

Thomas Hirschhorn, “Concordia, Concordia,” at Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street, September 14-October 20

This fitting follow-up to his 2009 installation “Universal Gym” — a DIY workout facility outfitted with oversized equipment — finds Hirschhorn recreating the half-sunken cruise ship Concordia in a massive sculptural environment inspired by an iconic photograph of the partly submerged vessel.  — BS

Robert Irwin, Dotting the i's & Crossing the t's: Part II, at Pace Gallery, 510 W 25th Street and 32 E 57th Street, September 6-October 20

New technology has allowed Light and Space pioneer Robert Irwin to realize his iconic acrylic columns as he always intended for us to see them — as single prisms, uninterrupted, shooting more than fifteen feet into the air. — JH

Anya Kielar, Women,” at Rachel Uffner Gallery, 47 Orchard Street, September 9-October 21

Anya Kielar's velvety, richly-colored fabric portraits of women look best when hanging together from the ceiling, forming a display that looks like a cross between a luxe stage set and a spooky gypsy lair. — JH

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, “Voice Array, at bitforms gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor, September 6-October 13

The rising multimedia artist will fill the technology-inclined Chelsea gallery (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year) with a wall-to-wall participatory audio and light environment. — KC

Rodney McMillian at Maccarone, 630 Greenwich Street, opening September 15

L.A.-based McMillian takes over Maccarone's new West Village space (a former dry cleaner next-door to the existing gallery) with one of his contemplative and consuming conceptual installations in what will be his first New York solo exhibition. — A Meier

Matthew Miller, “Fools Are Those Who Lose Their Mirrors,” at Pocket Utopia, 191 Henry Street, September 5-October 14

Miller's latest series of graphite self-portraits, arresting as ever, are gently stylized yet incredibly frank and affectingly earnest exercises in self-examination. — BS

Richard Misrach, “The Desert Cantos,” at Robert Mann Gallery, 525 West 26th Street, September 13-October 27

Robert Mann celebrates the inauguration of their new gallery space with an exhibition of Misrach’s work culled from the first 25 years of his career, beginning with his images of desert night scenes and following him throughout his development into one of the century’s most important landscape photographers. — SR

Andrew Ohanesian, “The House Party,” at The Boiler, 191 North 14th Street, Brooklyn, September 14-November 18

In light of Ohanesian’s previous uncannily realistic installations — including a functioning and fully stocked deli walk-in freezer built into a gallery’s front door and a church confessional that doubled as a tiny bar — this full-scale suburban home built inside Pierogi’s industrial-sized satellite space will be one of the highlights of the fall, especially for attendees of the opening night house party. — BS

Susan Philipsz and Analia Saban at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, September 6-October 20

With Turner Prize winner Philipsz's haunting and intangible sound installation in one room and L.A.-based Argentinian Saban's highly tactile new works on life and decay in another, this will be an intriguing and meditative contrast of unconventional artistic practices. — A Meier

Walid Raad and David Diao at Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, September 22-October 27

Two old friends juxtapose their shared fascination with time and historical archives — Raad with a look back on art in the Arab world and Diao on the history of modernist architecture and art. — RC

Gerhard Richter, “Painting 2012,” at Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, September 12-October 13

Using computer software, Richter digitally reduces one of his legendary abstract paintings to patterns of mirrored and magnified striations for his aptly titled series “Strips.” — RC

Makoto Saito at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 West 27th Street, October

The renowned Japanese graphic designer makes a transition to painting in his first American exhibition at Paul Kasmin this October, where he will debut to Chelsea audiences his elegantly distorted images of iconic filmmakers and classic movie scenes, drawing inspiration from the rapidly dissolving lines between a natural and digital world. A Martinez

Sam Samore, “Library of Appearances,” at Team Gallery, 83 Grand Street, September 12-October 27

Richly colored, close-up images of isolated facial features with magnified curves, embellished lines, and dramatized details are stacked upon one another creating a sculptural experience of Samore’s photographs. — SR

Desi Santiago, “This Pop is Perfection,” at Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street, September 13-October 14

A former New York club-kid who went by the alias Desi Monster, Santiago’s work is a fusion of fetish attire with a goth-metal twist, and if the balloon demons and illuminated occult symbols he’s made in the past are any indication, his fall show will be a funhouse of creepy wonders. A Martinez

Regine Schumann, Luminous, at De Buck Gallery, 511 West 25th Street, Suite 502, September 13-October 25

German-born painter Schumann puts fluorescent and photo luminescent acrylic materials to inventive 2-D use, with nods to the plastic severity of Dan Flavin or the neon tastes of Lynda Benglis. — RS

Marc Séguin, My Century (An Illustrated Guide for Aliens), at Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 West 24th Street, September 6-October 13

Hopes abound for brashly stained and defaced portraits of celebrities and world leaders in this, the second solo New York exhibition in less than two years by a witty (and intermittently cutting) Canadian painter. — RS

Shakyo, Sutra, at Mika Gallery, 595 Madison Avenue, September 5-September 14

As part of the September edition of Asia Week, viewers will have the enviable chance to view gorgeous calligraphic renditions of Buddhist aphorisms and stories from the 8th century — a rare opportunity for a non-museum setting. — RS

Kate Steciw, “Boundless Hyper,” at Toomer Labzda, 100a Forsyth Street, September 13-October 28

Steciw continues to combine new and old media practices with her latest wall pieces — framed mashups of stock photography adored with Internet-bought objects — and looping line sculptures of abstract wire forms that once spelled the words “laugh,” “live,” and “love.” — BS

Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, 540 West 26th Street, November 1-January 5, 2013

Concurrent with her solo show at the Brooklyn Museum, Thomas unveils her latest photos and glittery portrait paintings of African-American women in brightly colorful vintage attire. — BS

To Be a Lady: 45 Women in the Arts,” curated by Jason Andrew, at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 1285 Sixth Avenue, September 24-January 18, 2013

Venerable non-profit Norte Maar is mounting this incredible survey of women artists in Midtown, including works by Alice Neel, Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Grossman, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Judy Pfaff, Jessica Stockholder, and many more. — BS

Guido van der Werve, “Nummer veertien, home,” at Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, September 7-October 20

The Dutch filmmaker's new work, “Nummer veertien, home,” traces the posthumous path that Frederic Chopin’s heart traveled from Paris back to his homeland of Poland, while the gallery’s Bushwick warehouse will showcase eight of van der Werve’s earlier films. — KC

A Visual Essay on Gutai, curated by Midori Nishizawa, at Hauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, September 12-October 27

The still-underappreciated and extremely influential Gutai group — which shook up Japan in the 1950s and went on to inspire Fluxus and Arte Povera — gets a rare American showing at Hauser & Wirth 50 years after making its U.S. debut in the very same townhouse. — JH

Andrea Zittel, “Fluid Panel State,” at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 527 West 24th Street, September 14-October 27

Relational artist, designer of utopian objects, and experimental lifestyle guru Andrea Zittel parses the difference between carpets, shelters, garments, and picture planes in a new show of textiles by made weavers from throughout the country; with luck, her new creations will look as good as they make Jerry Saltz feel. — CW