15 New York Gallery Shows You Need to See This November
At New York galleries this November we find a strong, eclectic mix of shows—from solos of young artists, to historic two-person surveys, to blockbusters of leading contemporary artists that are too big for a single gallery space. Below, find 15 gallery shows that should not be missed.
Shapiro’s facility with color and space shines in this pairing of his early works and a new installation. In addition to a series of intimate, candy-colored wall relief sculptures from the ’70s, a full floor is dedicated to a new commission: a grouping of vibrant structures that appear to elegantly float across the space.
In March, Mockrin’s canvases, which blend elements of Rococo and men’s fashion spreads, turned heads at Night Gallery in L.A. Now, the artist shows a new series of slick, romantic figurative paintings in New York. They will be filled with her signature protagonists: androgynous figures swathed in layers of dramatic dress and drapery.
Ernesto Neto at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Oct. 29–Dec. 17 • 521 West 21st Street
Known for his finger-crocheted environments that grace gallery spaces and architectural interiors, Neto presents new sculptures and wall-mounted works in an expansive installation that will veil the gallery’s two-floor space. Titled “The Serpent’s Energy Gave Birth To Humanity,” the show draws on ideas of interactivity and spirituality and is inspired in part by the artist’s collaborations with the indigenous Huni Kuin community of the Brazilian Amazon.
Nan Goldin at Matthew Marks
Nov. 5–Dec. 23 • 523 W 24th Street
Best known for emotive photographs of friends and loved ones, Goldin presents two new bodies of works in this exhibition, titled “Blood on My Hands,” including a series of drawings, which are shown publicly for the first time. In addition to the drawings, which are inspired by a diary she kept since childhood, the show includes photographic grids that bring together images that span decades and countries, each one dedicated to a different color.
The acclaimed Oslo-born artist Blystad has been a leading figure in Scandinavian textiles arts for more than four decades, but only now does she receive her first solo show in the U.S. The exhibition includes small, mesmerizing textiles filled with color gradients and intricate patterns. The centerpiece is a large tapestry that hangs across the gallery, allowing viewers to get a close-up of her painstaking process.
Despite the fact that Picasso and Calder had little contact during their lifetimes, their grandsons Bernard Ruiz-Picasso and Alexander S. C. Rower have curated a show of works from their families’ private collections and foundations that highlights the similarities between the two artists’ creative and conceptual impulses. Across the show, the first at Almine Rech’s New York space, Calder mobiles and Picasso portraits, among other rare and never-before-seen paintings and sculptures, reveal visual and emotional resonances between the two famous artists, while reminding us why their work was so revolutionary in the process.
The first Eggleston presentation at Zwirner since the gallery gained exclusive representation of the artist’s estate in June, this show features over 40 works from “The Democratic Forest,” a project the artist undertook in the mid-1980s. Capturing images of the U.S. and Europe, Eggleston challenged fine art photography and photojournalism traditions at the time. A manifestation of the artist’s “democratic” view of the camera, the series offers prime examples of his timeless aesthetic and mastery of color photography, through visions of unsuspecting architecture and infrastructure.
It’s well known that Chamberlain was deeply inspired by the works of the Abstract Expressionists. However, the sculptor had a special affinity for the rhythm and gesture found in the paintings of de Kooning—he first encountered de Kooning’s works in 1950, and met him later that decade. This unprecedented show brings the two artists’ iconic works together, including a dozen Chamberlain sculptures and seven de Kooning paintings, which, shown together, present a harmonious visual dialogue.
Since his premature death in 2012 and MoMA PS1’s triumphal retrospective in 2013–14, Kelley has been the subject of endless fascination. This show focuses on his “Memory Wares”—panels and sculptures covered with kaleidoscopic compositions of buttons, beads, trinkets, shells, and jewelry, among other objects—which were inspired by a tradition of black communities in the American South and Victorian Britain, and reflect the artist’s aversion to nostalgia and rejection of objects having inherent value.
Pamela Rosenkranz at Miguel Abreu Gallery
Oct. 30–Dec. 22 • 88 Eldridge Street & 36 Orchard Street
Lauded for her presentation at the Swiss Pavilion in the 56th Venice Biennale, Rosenkranz fills both of Miguel Abreu’s Lower East Side spaces with an ambiance inspired by the Amazon rainforest. Drawing on the chlorocruorin, the green-colored blood of annelids (a species of worms) found in the rainforest, she’s developed a green substance called “Anemine” (that also serves as the show’s title), which is combined with acrylic on aluminum panels and trickled across the floor of the gallery space. Adding to the effect, Rosenkranz has also flooded the gallery with blue and green light accompanied by a soundtrack of Amazon wildlife.
Since recently moving from Paris to L.A., the French figurative painter Tabouret befriended artist-comedian Ellison. Now, the pair collaborate on a new show, “Voyeur vs. Viewer,” the first major exhibition for both artists in New York. It will unveil seven new paintings by Tabouret—dreamy portraits filled with swift, energetic brushstrokes—and a new music video and video sculpture by Ellison, which promise to be entertaining.
In her first New York showing since a mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2014, Weems takes over both Jack Shainman spaces with recent photographic works and films. On 24th Street, All the Boys (2016) is a powerful response to recent police brutality and the deaths of black men and women; while on 20th Street, viewers find the ghostly video installation Lincoln, Lonnie, and Me (2012), and Scenes & Take (2016), a series of photographs picturing the artist before the sets of TV shows like Scandal and Empire—both shows feature black leads—shedding light on the current state of the entertainment industry.
Ragnar Kjartansson at Luhring Augustine
Nov. 5–Dec. 23 • 531 West 24th Street & 25 Knickerbocker Avenue
Just after his major traveling museum exhibition arrived at the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., the Icelandic artist’s video works take over Luhring Augustine’s spaces in Chelsea and Bushwick. Scenes from Western Culture (2015), comprised of nine “cinematic paintings” depicting idyllic visions of Western civilization, plus a series of new paintings made en plein air in the West Bank, are on view in the Chelsea space, while in Bushwick, he presents the four-channel video installation World Light - The Life and Death of an Artist (2015), the artist’s interpretation of Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness’s novel World Light (1937–40).
Not since his Brooklyn Museum show in 2014 has Ai had such a strong presence in New York. But unlike back then, when his passport had been confiscated by the Chinese government, he’s here to experience it. This month, four gallery shows filled with Ai’s new and recent works open simultaneously. At Lisson and Mary Boone, he shows monumental tree trunks, both real and cast-iron; at Deitch Projects, an engulfing new installation of photographs and laundered clothing that had been left behind by refugees at the Idomeni camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia covers the sprawling gallery.