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Looking at the month ahead, Something Curated highlights six of the most exciting art exhibitions taking place in New York this September.

Stranger Approaching, at Bridget Donahue || Erin Leland (8 Sep – 3 Nov 2019)

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PRESS RELEASE: Stranger Approaching organized by Erin Leland September 8 – November 3, 2019 #MichaelAlmereyda, #IdaApplebroog, #GreggBordowitz, #MaryEllenCarroll, #KevinJeromeEverson, #NatalieFrank, #OtoGillen, #MarkKent, #JillMagid, #LiliReynaudDewar, #AuraRosenberg, #GeorgeSegal Stranger Approaching brings together twelve artists, filmmakers, and writers to center around the fable, and more broadly, literature as a scripting method. Observational description and memoir act as a choreographing device and often, the resulting sculptures, films, drawings, photographs, performances and texts have the capacity to read as parables. In the belief that language emerges from lived experience, Stranger Approaching addresses writing through performance. Cast as protagonists in their own narratives, many included artists pass from one state to another in the span of a physical journey. As much a passing of time, as a passing from place to place, character transformation occurs on the precipice between the animalistic and the human, the intimate and the remote, the nostalgic and the foreboding, the invasive and the guarded, and through a resistance to death by a narrativizing of life. #JoanDidion’s opening line from The White Album, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” finds its inverse in this exhibition: We live in order to tell a good story. Quaint and moralistic, some parables read like lessons. In others, fate takes a turn, and the tale ends in a non-sequitur. Not all fables have a logic, but instead, a desire to encounter the unknown: the wind reappears throughout the exhibition as an invisible undercurrent drawing characters back into their improvised path. In the course of the exhibition, Gregg Bordowitz will present ROM COM – a live performance in the gallery featuring stories from and about the book of Job, Song of Songs, meditation, civil disobedience, rock'n'roll, and more. The talk follows from a continuum of performances, and considers the ongoing love affair with G-d through the colliding forms of comedy, musicology, and Torah commentary. image: Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Lady to Fox, 2018, HD video, 6:29 minutes

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Organised by Erin Leland, Stranger Approaching brings together twelve artists, filmmakers, and writers, including Oto Gillen, Mark Kent, Jill Magid, and Lili Reynaud-Dewar, to investigate the fable, and more broadly, literature as a scripting method. Observational description and memoir act as a choreographing device and often, the resulting sculptures, films, drawings, photographs, performances and texts have the capacity to read as parables. In the belief that language emerges from lived experience, Stranger Approaching addresses writing through performance.

Indeterminate Hypothesis, at Kasmin || Bernar Venet (12 Sep – 12 Oct 2019)

Kasmin hosts Indeterminate Hypothesis, an exhibition of works by French conceptual artist Bernar Venet. Consisting of five monumental Indeterminate Line sculptures, this is the first time this series has been shown in a gallery in the United States since 2002. The show will be accompanied by Venet’s performance of The Straight Line and the Pictorial Memory of the Gesture, held during the exhibition’s opening night. Indeterminate Hypothesis continues the artist’s lifelong, process-based investigation into the mathematical and philosophical implications of the line.

Bethlehem Hospital, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise || Sturtevant, Joan Jonas, Mark Leckey, Frances Stark, Rirkrit Tiravanija & More (15 Sep – 26 Oct 2019)

In 1990, Sturtevant painted Frank Stella’s iconic black canvases. The results were morbid and glamorous: matte enamel bands separated by fuzzy pinstripes of nearly bare canvas, which confound with simplicity and dour aggression. What excited Sturtevant was not only the notion of subjectivity, but the life of a painting below the surface. She hoped to find what she called “the interior of art.” To prolong her mysterious statement, Gavin Brown’s enterprise will present Bethlehem Hospital, an exhibition of Sturtevant’s “Stellas” shown alongside contributions by Anne Truitt, Stan Douglas, Joan Jonas, Jack Whitten, Mark Leckey, Frances Stark, Willem Oorebeek, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and others.

100-Foot-Long Piece, at Marlborough || Joe Zucker (5 Sep – 5 Oct 2019)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York artist Joe Zucker’s 100-Foot-Long Piece, Marlborough presents an exhibition of this landmark multi-panel work, created in 1968-1969. This masterwork, exhibited with a large body of related archival material, comprises a blueprint for Zucker’s long and diverse practice. It plants a flag for the artist’s on-going inventiveness, irony, and eclecticism. With the creation of this work, Zucker presents the viewer with a puzzle-like, encyclopaedic visual vocabulary, anticipating subsequent pictorial and conceptual approaches such as New Image, Neo-Expressionism, Appropriation, Neo Geo, as well as more recent process-based abstraction.

As Above, So Below, at New Museum || Carmen Argote (24 Sep 2019 – 5 Jan 2020)

Los Angeles–based artist Carmen Argote traces, layers, and transforms diverse materials sourced from her surroundings. At the heart of her interdisciplinary practice is a continuous conversation between her own physical form and the location in which she is working, often responding to the various cultural, economic, personal, and historical narratives within a particular site. For her first solo museum exhibition, Argote will present a selection of new and recent paintings, large-scale works on paper, and a sculptural installation. The majority of these works were created during two residencies in Guadalajara, including one in the former home and studio of renowned Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco.

Plumb Line, at Pace || Loie Hollowell (14 Sep – 19 Oct 2019)

Loie Hollowell’s debut exhibition with Pace in New York will take place in the new building’s second floor gallery. The exhibition will showcase a series of new large-scale paintings that continue Hollowell’s investigation of bodily landscapes and sacred iconography through allusions to the human form. Drawing inspiration from artists like Agnes Pelton, Georgia O’Keefe, and Judy Chicago, Hollowell’s works abstract the most intimate parts of the human body into primal shapes, such as the mandorla and the lingam, in an examination of sexuality, conception, birth, and motherhood.



Feature image: Joe Zucker, 100-Foot-Long Piece, 1968-1969 (via Marlborough)

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