Looking at the month ahead, Something Curated highlights six of the most exciting art exhibitions taking place in New York this October.
strings that show the wind, at JTT || Elaine Cameron-Weir (Until 27 Oct 2019)
New York-based artist Elaine Cameron-Weir uses the technique of assemblage, fastening together artificial and organic materials to which she is attracted for their functional or potential properties. The reworking of details and the incorporation of objects to form larger experimental settings are central to her work, which shows a focus on mutation and regeneration. At JTT, what seems at first glance to be a kind of stamped tin ceiling underfoot, reveals itself as something else.
Reverse Curve, at Gagosian || Richard Serra (Until 1 Feb 2020)
Gagosian presents a new show of recent sculptures and drawings by Richard Serra. Four new works from Serra’s Rounds series fill the entire West 24th Street gallery. Each forged-steel sculpture is composed of multiple 50-ton elements of differing diameters and heights. Bisecting the gallery space is Reverse Curve (2005/19), a sculpture measuring 99 feet long and 13 feet high. Originally conceived in 2005 for a public project in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Reverse Curve is realised here for the first time.
Contract and Release, at The Noguchi Museum || Brendan Fernandes (Until 8 Mar 2020)
This autumn, the Noguchi Museum’s current collection installation, Noguchi: Body-Space Devices will be reconfigured as a set for Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release, a performance-based collaboration with artist Fernandes who works at the intersection of dance and the visual arts. Contract and Release, which takes its title from a Martha Graham technique, is the second iteration in a developing series of autobiographical examinations of the movement vocabularies that are intrinsic to Fernandes’s work.
Paste Papers, at Pace || Yto Barrada (Until 20 Dec 2019)
Inspired by designs discovered in the endpapers of books within the library of the late architect Luis Barragán at his home in Mexico City, artist Yto Barrada has created a wallpaper that covers the entire south wall of Pace’s new library. Barrada’s wallpaper employs the techniques of paste paper—a centuries old practice used to embellish book covers and end papers with decorative patterns and abstract designs. Deviating from the traditional technique, Barrada’s wallpaper was made using everyday objects, a comb, keys, a twig, and fingers.
Crude, at Queer Thoughts || Lucie Stahl (Until 26 Oct 2019)
Queer Thoughts presents the first New York solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Lucie Stahl. Stahl’s work often draws on recent pop-cultural imagery from advertising, Hollywood cinema and television. But her latest body of work marks a departure, presenting a stark and detailed portrayal of monumental oil drilling equipment. The artist writes, “Among seabirds, dolphins, and fisher boats along the shore, these giants do not mimic so much as weirdly flatter their surroundings, evoking ideas of Romanticism: imagine a band of stumpy, heavy-legged Eiffel Towers, coyly hiding their functioning pumps and pipes under the guise of billowed denim-dark skirts – a valley of the dolls in the sunset.”
Order and Ornament: Roy Lichtenstein’s Entablatures, at Whitney Museum of American Art || Roy Lichtenstein (Until 27 Sep 2020)
The Whitney’s new exhibition will present a diverse array of works on paper by Roy Lichtenstein related to his Entablatures series from the 1970s. Inspired by the architectural facades and ornamental motifs he encountered around Wall Street and elsewhere in Lower Manhattan, the series addresses many of Lichtenstein’s central artistic themes while demonstrating a unique emphasis on texture, surface, relief, and reflectivity. Named after the horizontal structures that sit atop the columns in Classical Greek architecture, Lichtenstein’s Entablatures represent a distinctly American derivative, one based in revivalist, industrialised architectural imitations that were built en masse in the early twentieth century.
Feature image: Elaine Cameron-Weir, strings that show the wind, 2019. JTT, New York. (via JTT)