The Autumn Art Scene 

What not to miss this season.

top ten shows to see right now

Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates”
Contemporary artists imagine installations for Matta-Clark’s abandoned lots.
Sept. 9th to Oct 15th
White Columns: 320 W. 13th St.
Sept 11th to Jan 22nd.
Queens Museum: New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Marcel Dzama: The Course of Human History Personified
Dzama illustrates the horrors of human history in delicate drawings.
Through Oct. 8
David Zwirner, 525 W 19th St.

Smersh: Lucy McKenzie
Recent work by the installation artist/painter extraordinaire. Through Oct 8.
Metro Pictures, 519 W 24th St.

Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg
The collaborative duo recasts ordinary objects in pastel colors and odd materials. Through Oct 15.
Cohan & Leslie, 138 Tenth Ave.

Danica Phelps
Bold line drawings of the artist’s daily rituals and monthly budgets. Through Oct 1.
Zach Feuer/LFL, 530 W 24th St.

Joel Sternfeld: Sweet Earth - Experimental Utopias in America
One of the American masters of large-format photography. Through Oct 22.
Luhring Augustine, 531 W 24th St.

The Now People Part Two: Life on Earth
Collective psychedelic radical ramblings. Through Oct 22.
Matthew Marks, 523 W 24th St.

Ed Ruscha: Pools, Parking Lots, Gasoline Stations, and Sunset Strip
Photographs from the wry interpreter of Californian life. Through Nov 5
Yancey Richardson, 535 W 22nd St., 3/F

Laurie Anderson: The Waters Reglitterized
Multimedia installation inspired by the tour of Anderson’s last performance piece. Through Oct 22.
Sean Kelly, 528 W 29th St.

The Art of 9/11
A serious and poetic show curated by the philosopher/critic Arthur Danto. Through Oct 15.
Apexart, 291 Church St.

top 10 upcoming fall shows

The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photographs that try to capture ghosts, dreams and thoughts. Sep. 27 – Dec. 31
1000 Fifth Ave.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History
Japan Society
A survey of the artist’s work with selections from his artifact collection.
Sep. 23 – Feb. 19
333 E 47th St .

Performa ’05
Locations ranging from the Anthology Film Archives to the Swiss Institute.
The very first biennial of performance art in New York City!
Nov. 3-21.
Check website for details

Fra Angelico
Metropolitan Museum
Drawings and paintings from the Italian master of delicacy. Oct.23 – Jan. 9
1000 Fifth Ave.

Irreducible Complexity: Contemporary Short Form Video
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Recent video work from a wide range of artists. Oct. 26 – February
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St, Bronx

Egon Schiele
Neue Galerie
A comprehensive survey of the artist’s exquisite drawings and paintings. Oct. 21 – Feb. 20
1048 Fifth Ave.

Studio Museum in Harlem
The Museum’s regular exhibition of emerging black artists. Nov. 9 – Mar. 12
144 W 125th St.

Persistent Vestiges: Drawings from the American-Vietnam War
The Drawing Center
Works by Martha Rosler, Nancy Spero and Vietnamese artists. Nov. 5 – Feb. 11
35 Wooster St.

Gabriel Orozco
Marian Goodman
Recent work by the whimsical Mexican artist., Oct. 6 – Nov. 12
24 W 57th St.

Daniel Libeskind
Max Protech

A retrospective for the battered architect of the new WTC tower.
Opens Oct. 7 (now open)
511 W 22nd St.

top 10 Chelsea galleries

303 Gallery
Artists greeting society with a wry smile.
525 W 22nd St.

LFL/Zac Feuer,
Rebel art with a sleek finish
530 W 24th St.

Team Gallery
The edge of video art
527 W 26th St.

Freestyling femme
134 Tenth Ave.

Cohan and Leslie
Sculpture, painting and photography, all quirky.
138 Tenth Ave.

David Zwirner
Contemporary painters and photographers who’ve made it.
525 W 19th St.

Anton Kern
Where humor and craft become one.
532 W 20th St.

Artists who deal with place.
459 W 19th St.

Andrea Rosen
Seeking the crème de la crème of contemporary art.
525 W 24th St.

Elizabeth Dee
Funny in a quiet way.
545 W 20th St.

top 5:  manhattan galleries outside of Chelsea

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise,
If you’re looking for trendy...
436 W 15th St.

Artists Space
An off-the-wall forum for political and
international artists.
38 Greene St.

Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert,
Inc. (Otherwise known as Gasser
& Grunert)

Exhibiting an eclectic mix of art-school
524 W 19th St.

On the inside at White Columns.
White Columns
A non-profit with street-wise shows.
320 W 13th St.

Deitch Project 

Marketing street art like nobody’s business.
76 Grand St.

TOP 5 williamsburg galleries

The matriarch of Williamsburg galleries
that’s still kicking.
177 N 9th St.

Embracing Ephemera, at Stay Gold.
Stay Gold Gallery
Pretty, pretty art with an edge.
451 Grand St.


Jack the Pelican Presents
Kitsch meets social criticism.
236 Grand St.

Ambitious shows that nod to history.
487 Driggs Ave.

Roebling Hall
Half-Chelsea, half-Williamsburg, still
606 W 26th St.

TOP 5 art bookstores

Printed Matter, Chelsea
The best selection of obscure zines, magazines,
artist books and catalogues.
535 W 22nd St.

Chelsea Art Museum Bookstore,
Like Printed Matter but with more catalogues.
556 W 22nd St.

The Strand, Union Square

Ridiculously discounted art books, but a
strange selection.
828 Broadway

The Museum of Modern Art
Bookstore, Midtown
More art merchandise than you’ll ever need
(and some art books, too).
11 W 53rd St.

Spoonbill & Sugartown,
Art magazines, rare books, an eccentric
selection of catalogues, and cute cats.
218 Bedford Ave.

TOP 10 excellent small museums

Drawing Center
Pushing the boundaries of drawing while
pissing off the GOP.
35 Wooster St.

Chelsea Art Museum
Temporary home of the New Museum with
multiple contemporary art galleries.
556 W 22nd St.

Neue Galerie
Unusual and well-curated shows of
German Art.
1048 Fifth Ave.

PS 1, Long Island City
The most inventive museum building in New
York and a playground for young artists.
22-25 Jackson Ave.

International Center of Photography
Exhibits from every stage of photography’s
history in a sleek space.
1133 Sixth Ave.

Studio Museum in Harlem
Exhalts the ethnic diversity of Harlem with
shows of emerging artists.
144 W 125th St.

El Museo del Barrio
Shows art ranging from colonial portraiture
to contemporary Hispanic art.
1230 Fifth Ave.

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria
Great film screenings and an extensive
collection of short digital videos.
35 Avenue at 36th St., Queens

American Folk Art Museum,
Regular exhibits of self-taught artists from
around the country.
45 W 53rd St.

The Cloisters
Medieval ruins and tapestries just a subway
ride away.
1000 Fifth Ave.

TOP 5 artists to watch


David Schnell
A Leipzig painter with skill to spare.

Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg
Quirky, obsessive sculptures of banal

Aernout Mik
Staged videos of apocalyptic scenes.

Yuken Teruya
Delicate trees cut out of shopping bags.

Aaron Young
Cheeky photographs and videos of macho

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