SHOWS TO SEE RIGHT NOW
International Center of Photography (ICP)
39 international photographers depict the natural world and all its terrifying 21st-century manifestations. Through January 7th.
1114 Sixth Ave, Midtown.
Artist-on-the-rise Aaron Young exhibits past antics and newer gimmicks in his multimedia show. Through October 14th.
89 Van Dam St, West Village.
Cezanne to Picassso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Included in Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard’s legendary collection is a newly reassembled triptych from his 1896-97 Van Gogh retrospective. Through January 7th.
1000 Fifth Ave, Upper East Side.
YBA bad boy Damien Hirst is known for his shocking sculptures, but this is a collection of over 200 of his drawings. Through October 28th.
980 Madison Ave, Upper East Side.
White House press corps member Christopher Morris presents photos of the secret service, cheerleaders and soldiers. Through October 7th.
529 W 20th St, Chelsea.
View Ten: Remember Who You Are
Mary Boone Gallery
A group show addressing the grotesque with such up-and-comers as Sean Bluechel and Mika Rottenberg. Through September 30th.
745 Fifth Ave, Upper East Side.
Invisible Geographies: New Sound Art from Germany
Four German sound artists present their complementary aural offerings. Through October 14th.
512 W 19th St, Chelsea.
Denial is a River
This group show features multidisciplinary works by such heavy-hitters as Jean-Luc Godard and Vito Acconci . Through November 18th.
44-19 Purves St, Long Island City.
Everybody Dance Now
YouTube clips are cheek-by-jowl with videos by Michael Smith and others in this boogie-focused show. Through October 22nd.
323 W 39th St, Midtown.
FREE IN MANHATTAN: OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Carbon and Silver
UBS Art Gallery
See the somewhat controversially touched-up Walker Evans show. Through November 17th.
1285 Sixth Ave, Midtown.
Lever House boasts Sarah Morris’ massive abstract painting. Through December 3rd.
390 Park Ave, Midtown.
Sarah Sze’s Corner Plot
Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Sze’s fascinating installation rises out of the ground.
Through October 22nd.
59th St, at Fifth Ave, Midtown.
Ninth Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibit
The Horticultural Society of NY
Intricate drawings will please flora buffs.
Through November 17th.
148 W 37th St, 13th Floor, Midtown.
Garden of the Accused
Thomas Paine Park
Frolic among Dennis Oppenheim’s synthetic plants and rocks. Through November 8th.
Worth, Pearl and Centre Sts, Tribeca.
SHOWS TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS FALL
David Zwirner, Zwirner and Wirth
Work by this luscious-lady painter will be split between Zwirner and Wirth uptown and the expanded David Zwirner in Chelsea. October 18th through November 18th.
32 E 69th St, Upper East Side.
525 W 19th St, Chelsea.
Lucio Fontana: Venice/NY
The Guggenheim Museum
This exhibit features two of the Argentine artist’s 1961 series: his Venice paintings and his New York metals. October 10th through January 21st.
1071 Fifth Ave, Upper East Side.
Tropicália: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture
The Bronx Museum
Having undergone a $19 million expansion and instituted a new director, the Bronx re-opens with an exhibition highlighting 1960s art in Brazil. October 7th through January 28th.
1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th St, The Bronx.
Kiki Smith Retrospective
The Whitney Museum
Smith looks back on 25 years’ worth of art-making. November 16th through February 11th.
945 Madison Ave, Upper East Side.
Gagosian Gallery Uptown
This artist’s sexually explicit caricatures will inevitably induce rubbernecking. November 9th through December 22nd.
980 Madison Ave, Upper East Side.
Alex Katz Paints Ada
The Jewish Museum
See half a century’s worth of portraits of the artist’s wife. October 27th through March 18th.
1109 Fifth Ave, Upper East Side.
In July, Strachan shipped a piece of Alaskan ice to the primary school he attended in Nassau, Bahamas. While the gallery was unable to salvage that piece of his oeuvre, many others will be on display here. October 13th through November 13th.
177 N 9th St, Brooklyn.
LOOKING BACK: HISTORY OF ART, RELIGION AND POLITICS
(1727–1804) A New Testament
The Frick Collection
Including 60 of the 313 large ink drawings composed by the pious artist, this is the largest New Testament cycle produced by a single person. October 24th through January 7th.
1 E 70th St, Upper East Side.
Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots
Steven Kasher Gallery
200 people put their best faces forward in a survey of mugshots. Through October 28th.
51 W 23rd St, Chelsea.
Frederick Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
This show tracks the rise of the bucolic American vacation, spearheaded by the pioneering painters in the 19th century. Through October 22nd.
2 E 91st St, Upper East Side.
Six contemporary artists take on recent art history with re-enactments of conceptual pieces by such trendsetters as John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha. Through October 14th.
291 Church St, Tribeca.
Common Destinations: Selections Fall 2006
The Drawing Center
Twelve artists selected from the Viewing Program explore geopolitics past, present and future. Through October 28th.
35 Wooster St, Soho.
ART TO ACCIDENTALLY COME UPON (IF YOU’RE LUCKY)
As part of Creative Time’s Who Cares series, Danish artist Haaning will be postering the city with clichéd jokes in Arabic script (and no English translations). For more info, go to creativetime.org.
October through November.
The convincing life-size figures that this Wooster Collective member “embeds” in compromising positions (like upside down in a garbage can) might surprise Brooklyn pedestrians. (If you can’t find one in the city, check out YouTube’s videos of his work.)
Chalk shadow-outlines in Carroll Gardens and other Brooklyn neighborhoods appear and disappear overnight.
Five Points Art Collective
The graffiti murals on this street-art collective’s building in Long Island City are an eye-opening splash of color as you ride by on the 7 train.
Artist Vitamas wears Subwear — an outfit that perfectly matches the oranges, yellows and greys of the NYC subway. On the F train between Delancey and 14th St. Thursdays 7-9pm and Sundays 3-5pm. (for more info, go to artinoddplaces.org) Through October 1st.
ART, BUT NOT JUST FOR ART’S SAKE
For relaxing: Mustang: The Last Tibetan Kingdom, photos by Don Gurewitz at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art (catch a meditation session while you’re there) Through November 22nd.
For checking your teeth: Anish Kapoor’s 23-ton circular stainless steel sculpture, Sky Mirror, at Rockefeller Center.
Through October 27th.
For eating: Swirled or stacked concoctions in a glass at mad-scientist dessert chef Will Goldberg’s Room4Dessert. 17 Cleveland Pl, Soho.
For advertising: The Fuse TV’s news zipper, which snakes down the facade of 11 Penn Plaza. Seventh Ave. between 32nd and 33rd Sts and across the sidewalk.
For wearing: Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo’s Soho t-shirt gallery, with tops made by high-profile artists like Nobuyoshi Araki and Yayoi Kusama, launching in early November. 546 Broadway, Soho.