It’s August, and you can feel with your bare feet the water, the sand or maybe the cool green grass and clover. You’re on vacation. It’s time, then, to think about September, when the whole art world starts up again and crashes down on your head with a big rattle and bang.
Labor Day is Sept. 7, but one artist, the muscular color abstractionist David Novros, is getting a head start, opening his exhibition of six paintings from the 1960s at Paula Cooper Gallery on Sept. 1, 2009. Back in those days, of course, Paula was director of the Park Place Gallery co-op, of which Novros was a celebrated member.
Other hot shows in New York this September include Terry Winters at Senior & Shopmaker, with a survey of prints and drawings; Maya Lin at PaceWildenstein’s big space on West 22nd, with three large-scale terrain installations; and Chris Ofili at David Zwirner, with "Afro Margin," eight-foot-tall drawings that look a little like Barnett Newman with the zips made of tiny afro heads.
Juergen Teller unveils nudes of Charlotte Rampling in the Musée du Louvre at Lehmann Maupin, while Claudia DeMonte opens at June Kelly with a pewter sculpture of a female yogi. New photos by Sally Mann are at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue, a sculptural rose garden by Will Ryman bows at Marlborough Chelsea, and new paintings, photos, sculpture -- and a musical instrument -- by Tauba Auerbach debut at Deitch Projects.
Justine Kurland returns to Mitchell-Innes & Nash with new work -- after her last series on the "Mother and Child" theme, she’s now turned to imagery favored by her young son -- trains, of course, plus a few hoboes and a donkey or two.
Massimo Audiello, the vivacious Chelsea dealer who has been rumored to be going out of business, promises to return on Sept. 10 with a show of works by Erik Gonzalez. "It’s painting and its double," Audiello writes, "if that means anything to you."
One big show has to wait until 2010 -- that’s the exhibition of photographs by Annie Leibovitz at James Danziger, whose previous gallery represented the celebrity photographer in the 1990s. In the swirl of recent coverage of her complex legal troubles (including a lawsuit between Art Capital Group and Getty Images that puts the "stock photography" value of all of Leibovitz’s pictures at somewhere between $15 milllion and $50 million), little attention has been paid to Leibovitz’s actual art-market activities.
Her one-year agreement with Phillips de Pury & Co. resulted in an exhibition in London of a selection from her "Master Set," a suite of more than 150 larger-scaled color prints of classic Leibovitz images, produced in editions of seven. The show didn’t do too badly, insiders say, though the auctioneer may be discovering that representing artists for the long term is a different problem altogether than selling individual works at auction.
Only three photos from each set were available for individual sale, at £20,000 each, and the photos of Queen Elizabeth and John & Yoko quickly sold out. Word is that a buyer may have been found for one of the complete sets as well, which go for something in the seven figures.
Leibovitz’s auction record is a fairly modest sum, £31,200 (ca. $57,500), set in 2005 for a 1986 platinum print of Keith Haring, covered with his own graffiti markings like camouflage, all but disappearing into the similarly tagged background.
In the meantime, Danziger has a Leibovitz photo from her 2003 "Alice in Wonderland" fashion shoot, from inventory, featuring the lovely model Natalia Vodianova stepping into a mirror, in his dreamy "Elements of Wonder" summer show. It can be yours for $8,500.
ArtHamptons organizer Rick Friedman is taking his show out west -- and relaunching the San Francisco Fine Art Fair after a five-year hiatus. SFFAF, May 21-23, 2010, has room for 100 exhibitors at scenic Fort Mason Center. Booths start at $7,200; for more info, see www.sffineartfair.com.
Postmasters gallery has only three of five copies left of Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung’s latest parody masterpiece, In G.O.D. We Trust, a manic photo animation of Barack Obama as Lord Krishna, with a cameo by a Hillary Clinton-headed beast that poops garden flowers. The five-minute-long vid is $15,000. "It’s action-packed," said Postmaster’s Magda Sawon. "You need to watch it three times in a row."
The big, beautiful and sexy paintings of Dorothy Iannone (b. 1933), former lover of the irrepressible Dieter Roth, are on view this summer at Anton Kern Gallery. Prices range from $18,000 for a gouache to $98,000 for a painting from 1970-71 -- if there are any left.
Hot tip for photo collectors: Get thee to Collective Hardware at 169 Bowery, where large sepia-toned photos by Ellis Gallagher of his Lower East Side street actions -- he traces shadows on the sidewalk with chalk -- can be had for $1,000 each. Or look online at www.delautonomy.com.
ROSETTA STONE is a New York writer.