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The Fall Previews: U.S. Edition
by ArtSlant Team


by ArtSlant East Coast Editor Trong Gia Nguyen

The art world Gulliver, power-napping in the fantasy land of excitable Gallery Girl Lilliputians, reawakens after Labor Day to the trumpeting of purring, promising shows that will inevitably uplift the spirit ratings or go down deep dark waters with the centennial of Titanic’s sinking. Just as Swift’s traveler encounters the range of human goodities and lameassness, so too our subway sojourns take us from the west end taverns of Chelsea eastward on the limping L to the faraway lands of bearded Bushwick (if only to see the doppelgänger of Yahoo Luhring Augustine).

We meet bent minds and spoons somewhere in the middle, with high hopes for roads well and less traveled. Here’s a quick look at five ports of call to get your autumn art hop started on the right island...

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by ArtSlant West Coast Editor Andrew Berardini

Dip your fingers into the Southwestern paint box and if you run them through the sky across a smeary summer, you'll leave a trail that leads straight to autumn. Rust reds and creamy umbers, a flicker of primrose and pinks that might make a conch shell blush, all flow handily into the brown leaves of red October dusks. Out in California all those fingerpaints get seeped through smog and when they arrive under twilight, we're caught watching days turn to night like summer's children, skin still naked to a warmth that refuses to quit, heading to evening art openings in short sleeves and gauzy dresses. The summer's over and we all have to stumble back to work, or at least set our minds firmly away from that passing season’s sultry pleasures.

Summer's over, but it doesn’t have to be. All that summer concupiscence ends up here in Los Angeles this autumn in the undulating sculptures of Ken Price (which would be downright pornographic if they weren't actually abstract) at LACMA. They end up with Salome dancing under the darting fingers of Gustave Moreau as the Hammer Museum spotlights the painting that mesmerized Des Esseintes in Against the Grain, as well as this writer everytime he sees it. Salome's sexual vitality enshrined in a jewel box and lusted over by the graying skeleton of Herod. Or it's in the clashing patterns and electric colors of Sarah Cain's fugitive paintings opening at Honor Fraser. It’s in the tie-dyed landscapes of Friedrich Kunath over at Blum and Poe....

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Lehmann Maupin Gallery

September 12th - October 20th

More NY Editor's Choice...

THOMAS LAWSON: In the Shadow of the Beast

David Kordansky Gallery

September 8th - October 20th

More LA Editor's Choice...


DePaul Art Museum

September 8th - October 20th

More CHI Editor's Choice...


Silverman Gallery

September 7th - October 20th

More SF Editor's Choice...

EMMETT MOORE: Surface Tension

Gallery Diet

September 7th - October 13th

More MIA Editor's Choice...

In April 2012, ArtSlant's Nicola Bozzi interviewed Dutch artist Guido van der Werve. In a highly anticipated two-gallery solo exhibition at Luhring Augustine in New York this fall, a selection of Van der Werve's videos from the past nine years will be on view.

Despite the fact that the titles he picks for his pieces may sound tongue-in-cheek at times, Van der Werve seems to have an obstinate seriousness, grounded as far from the concept of “pop” as you can get: solitary physical exercise, Russian literature, classical music, the game of chess. All things that make culture a character-building, long-term reward, as opposed to the compulsively ironic trend that is dominant nowadays. But before you start picturing Van der Werve simply as a self-flagellating martyr to the cause of high art, which is really not the case, read what he had to say here and find out what he's about.

Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/11/12

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