Editors’ Picks: 9 Great Art and Design Events This Week
Nina Chanel Abney curates a group show at Jeffrey Deitch; Hermès comes to town with an extravagant pop-up; David Zwirner exhibits 130 masterpieces, some dating back centuries
New York is abuzz with hot new pop-ups, must-see gallery openings, and a whole lot of rain, it seems, at least through the end of this week. But we’re not letting that dampen the mood. Between an Old Masters show at David Zwirner, a star-studded group show curated by artist Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, and an all-too-brief exhibition of up-and-coming high jeweler Ana Khouri’s stunning pieces at Phillips, the best views in town are to be found indoors.
1. Book signing with Harmony Korine
Artist Harmony Korine will sign copies of his new monograph, published by Rizzoli in association with Gagosian and Centre Pompidou, on the occasion of his Gagosian exhibition, “Harmony Korine: Blockbuster.” The exhibition, which is on view from September 11, features wall-mounted assemblages of painted VHS tapes, drawing on his background as a filmmaker. “The VHS is nearly obsolete, lost in the fog of analog,” Korine said in a statement. “We are heading into something new now.” RSVP here.
Where: Gagosian Shop, 976 Madison Avenue
When: Wednesday, September 12, 5–6 p.m.
2. ‘Endless Enigma’
Encompassing almost a millennium of artmaking from the 12th century to today, this monumental exhibition of over 130 artworks is organized into six ambitious themes: Monsters & Demons, Dreams & Temptation, Fragmented Body, Unconscious Gesture, Super Nature, and Sense of Place. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Nicholas Hall, a specialist in the field of Old Masters and 19th-century art, who has selected an eclectic range of pieces such as 14th-century French gargoyles from France; masterpieces by Hieronymus Bosch, Titian, William Blake, and Odilon Redon; and more contemporary works by the likes of Louise Bourgeois. The show will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and a symposium at The Kitchen on October 27th.
Where: David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street
When: Opening reception: Wednesday, September 12, 6–8 p.m.; on view through October 27
3. ‘(Un)covered: Miró | Hammons’
This exhibition, the first to juxtapose the works of Joan Miró and contemporary artist David Hammons, examines the ways in which their career paths, though of different eras, were parallel. Both artists were conceptual innovators who sought to upset the traditional understanding of art. The title of this show is derived from its emphasis on Hammons’s famous tarp paintings set alongside Miró’s textile “Sobreteixisms”—an appearance that is especially noteworthy, as these works by Miró haven’t been on view in the United States since 1973.
Where: Nahmad Contemporary, 980 Madison Avenue, third floor
When: September 12–October 27. Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
4. Panel on the Ethics of Museum Deaccessioning
Hosted by The Art Newspaper and Herrick’s Art Law Group
The concept of museum deaccessioning—typically, museums selling pieces from their collections to raise funds—has always been a fraught one. Victoria Stapley-Brown, deputy museums editor at The Art Newspaper, will discuss the ethical issues surrounding the practice with panelists Lisa Dennison, the current EVP and chairman of Americas at Sotheby’s and former director of the Guggenheim Museum; Adrian Ellis, director of AEA Consulting; Frank Lord, a partner at Herrick, Feinstein LLP; and Felix Salmon, chief financial correspondent at Axios.
Where: Herrick’s New York Office, 2 Park Avenue, 14th floor
When: Thursday, September 13, 6–8 p.m.
5. Hermès Carré Club
459 West 14th Street
Conceived by Bali Barret, artistic director of Hermès women’s collections, this modular pop-up runs from Thursday through the weekend and invites visitors to interact with six exhibits that channel the artistry of the Hermès square scarf. Highlights include an on-site atelier where Hermès Carré artists will stage demonstrations, a cabaret café, and a members-only boutique that will sell exquisite limited-edition scarves unique to the event.
Where: 459 West 14th Street
When: Thursday–Sunday, September 13–16. Hours: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
6. The Bridge Art Fair
The Bridge golf club, Bridgehampton
The invite-only fair, held at the Bridge golf club in Bridgehampton this weekend, will host 12 leading galleries such as Vito Schnabel and David Zwirner alongside a stunning display of postwar automobiles. Contributing to the unique charm of this fair, to which Max Levai of Marlborough Contemporary attributes “an atmosphere of late-summer festival,” are the Lars Fisk–designed shipping containers that serve as gallery booths.
Where: 1180 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton
When: Friday–Sunday, September 14–16
7. ‘The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India’
Asia Society, September 14, 2018–January 20, 2019
Part of Asia Society’s Season of India series, this exhibition examines the powerful artists movement that arose in the wake of Indian independence in 1947. The Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG) was a group of six artists that envisioned an India that was secular and international and unified people of all backgrounds—an ideology that is reflected in their strikingly modern work. The landmark survey, curated by Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and Boon Hui Tan, director of Asia Society Museum, features more than 80 works by masters such as F. N. Souza and S. H. Raza. The first exhibition of its kind undertaken at a major museum, it is not to be missed.
Where: Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Avenue
When: September 14, 2018–January 20, 2019. Museum hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
8. Ana Khouri, ‘Jewels Now’
Philips Auction House
A three-day selling exhibition of contemporary jewelry by Ana Khouri will be held at Phillips’s New York galleries. Khouri, who has gained traction in both the art and design worlds for her cutting-edge, contemporary designs, approaches her work as an art form—and rightfully so. “The feeling I want to impart is one of radiance, in every sense,” she has said of the jewels that are slated for the fleeting exhibition. “Since founding her company, she has changed the way people interact with and wear their jewelry,” noted Susan Abeles, Phillips’s head of jewels in the Americas.
Where: Phillips Auction House, 450 Park Avenue
When: September 14–16. Hours: Sunday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
9. ‘Punch’ Curated by Nina Chanel Abney
With buzzworthy artist Nina Chanel Abney at the curatorial helm, this 19-artist group show (Abney included) is certain to pack a punch. Calling upon artists like Katherine Bernhardt, Koichi Sato, and Reginald Sylvester II, the star-studded exhibition will integrate Ab Ex and Pop Art inspirations with elements of graffiti, cartoons, satire, and contemporary design.
Where: Jeffrey Deitch, 18 Wooster Street
When: Opens Saturday, September 15; on view through October 27