Hello, everyone! Are you enjoying your summer vacation? Well, while you're dozing at the beach, we here at Artnet Labs are hard at work, searching out all the not-to-be-missed art events for next month. Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, and the global art world gets going in earnest soon after.
Herewith, a line-up of recommendations from Artnet Magazine's far-flung correspondents.
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp: In Los Angeles, we have big openings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in October -- "Olmec" and the new Resnick Wing -- but first there's "Eva Hesse Spectres 1960," Sept. 25, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011, at the Hammer Museum, a show of 19 rarely seen semi-representational paintings done when the late Minimalist was 24.
Brook S. Mason: Paris is the place to be in the fall, with the 25th Biennale des Antiquaires, Sept. 15-22, 2010, at the Grand Palais, plus "Monet" at the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais and even photographs by Karl Lagerfeld at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, opening Sept. 8. Also upcoming at the Centre Pompidou are two new exhibitions, Gabriel Orozco, beginning Sept. 15 and Arman beginning Sept. 22. Plus, word is that still another branch of Gagosian Gallery is opening on Avenue Matignon, just steps away from Christie's.
Laura K. Jones: In London, Sprüth Magers is exhibiting new paintings by the uncompromising Berlin-based abstractionist Thomas Scheibitz, in a show titled "A moving plan B -- chapter TWO," Sept. 17-Oct. 30, 2010. Schiebitz is also organizing a concurrent exhibition at the Drawing Room in East London (that's "chapter ONE").
Kimberly Bradley: Lots of choices in Berlin this September, including Yudi Noor at Galerie Birgit Ostermeier, Stephanie Snider at Sassa Trülzsch (a new space in the new Potsdamerstrasse hub), Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger at Sprüth Magers, and Chris Martin at Koch Oberhuber Wolff (one of Berlin's smarter spaces). Bruce Nauman is still at Hamburger Bahnhof, and Dutch artist Willem de Rooij opens at the Neue Nationalgalerie on Sept. 18. Meanwhile, Berlin's Temporäre Kunsthalle officially closes on Aug. 31. Ooooh.
Deborah Ripley: For the New York print world, it's former Museum of Modern Art curator Wendy Weitman's show for the International Print Center New York (IPCNY), "Emerging Images: The Creative Process in Prints," Sept. 16-Oct. 17, 2010. Works by 16 artists have been selected to show just what a print can do, from Arthur Wesley Dow woodcuts to Jim Nutt lithographs.
Peter Plagens: I'm going for "Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings, 1961-1968," Sept. 24, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011, at the Morgan Library. Why? Because Pop Art changed everything.
Carlo McCormick: Begin the fall season with a bit of spiritual education at P.P.O.W., where Southern California's maestro of pictorial subversion Sandow Birk unveils the latest installment of his "American Qur'an," Sept. 10-Oct. 9, 2010, a translation of 17 suras from the holy book specifically styled for a contemporary U.S. audience.
Donald Kuspit: I am looking forward to "Franz Xaver Messerschmidt: From Neo-Classicism to Expressionism, 1763-1783," Sept. 16, 2010-Jan. 10, 2011, at the Neue Galerie in New York. The art historian and psychoanalyst Ernst Kris has a brilliant article on Messerschmidt's work in his classic Psychoanalytic Explorations in Art (1952).
Reverend Jen: U.S. style is stunted, thanks largely to American Apparel, the Olsen Twins and the West's obsession with a "20-year fashion cycle." The remedy is "Japan Fashion Now," Sept. 17, 2010-Jan. 8, 2011, at the F.I.T. Museum, which ranges from designer styles to deconstructed, Cosplay, "Gothic Lolita" and outfits inspired by the "cult of cuteness."
Elisabeth Kley: "Yul," opening Sept. 11 at Lehman Maupin on Chrystie Street, featuring 70 photographs taken by Yul Brynner, and celebrating a new four-volume book of his little-known work with the camera. Plus, Rob Pruitt's double gallery show at Gavin Brown's enterprise and Maccarone, Henry Darger at Andrew Edlin Gallery, Deborah Kass at Paul Kasmin Gallery and Pipilotti Rist at Luhring Augustine.
Michèle C. Cone: "Shifting the Gaze, Painting and Feminism," Sept. 12, 2010-Jan. 30, 2011, at the Jewish Museum. I would add to the JM group Joyce Weinstein, who's having a show uptown at the Exair Gallery, opening Sept. 1, 2010. Also at the Jewish Museum is a show of Frank Gehry's "Fish Form" lamps.
Alexandra Anderson-Spivey: In the northeast, the sleeper show of the month is "John Haberle: American Master of Illusion," Sept. 18-Dec. 12, 2010, at the Portland (Me.) Museum of Art. On view are approximately 30 works by the rarely seen American trompe l'oeil painter who spent most of his life in New Haven, where he worked at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Grant Mandarino: The event I'm most looking forward to in September is ArtPrize 2010, the giant visual art contest hosted by Amway scion Rick DeVos in Grand Rapids, Mich. Last year, Brooklyn painter Ran Ortner walked away with the $250,000 first prize, and this year I'll be interested to see who scores big at this second annual experiment in mass adjudication. Details can be found at http://www.artprize.org.
ROSETTA STONE is a New York writer.