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Top Exhibitions Opening This Week in New York (Sep. 8–14)

By Olivia Swider

September 12, 2014

OPENINGS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 8

TUESDAY

Marcel Dzama: “Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester’s Dance)” at David Zwirner
September 9 – October 25
525 & 533 West 19th Street
The exhibition will mark the US debut of the artist’s latest film Une danse des bouffons (A jester’s dance), which will be shown alongside related two and three-dimensional work.

WEDNESDAY

James Nares: “High Speed Drawings” at Paul Kasmin
September 10 – October 25
293 Tenth Avenue
Nares puts forth a new body of work, similar to his “Brushstroke” series, but using Chinese ink on paper and a spinning steel drum powered by a motor.

Tomma Abts at David Zwirner
September 10 – October 25
519 West 19th Street
One of today’s most significant abstract painters, Abts has continuously explored the activity of painting. Starting each of her works without a preconceived idea, knowing only the size of the canvas and her materials, she gradually arrives at the composition over varying periods of time.

Ragnar Kjartansson and The National: “A Lot of Sorrow” at Luhring Augustine
September 11 – December 21
25 Knickerbocker Avenue
Luhring Augustine presents the premiere of “A Lot of Sorrow,” a new single-channel video work by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and American band The National. The six-hour video “A Lot of Sorrow” was filmed during a performance of the same name that was conceived by Kjartansson and executed by The National.

THURSDAY

Christopher Le Brun: “New Paintings” at Friedman Benda
September 11 – October 15
515 West 26th Street
“New Paintings” marks Le Brun’s first solo exhibition in New York in more than ten years and his first at Friedman Benda. Known for his highly charged and evocative imagery, the new works revolve around embedded and over-painted imagery.

Nir Hod: “Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future” at Paul Kasmin
September 11 – October 25
515 West 27th Street
Flames are superimposed on images of flowers, and a snow globe encapsulates an oil pumpjack in this new exhibition of sculpture and paintings by Israeli-born artist Nir Hod.

Jason Rhoades: “PeaRoeFoam” at David Zwirner
September 11 – October 18
537 West 20th Street
The show will be a reinstatement of the artist’s PeaRoeFoam project, which debuted at the gallery in 2002 (then located on Greene Street in SoHo) in the first of a trilogy of exhibitions that also brought it to Vienna and Liverpool the same year. A seminal work within Rhoades’s career, it has not been exhibited as a comprehensive presentation until now and many of the individual components are shown here for the first time since the original installations.

Stephen Shore at 303 Gallery
September 11 – November 1
507 West 24th Street
303 Gallery presents its fifth exhibition of photographs by Stephen Shore, whose pioneering use of color photography in the 1970s and beyond has made him one of art history’s most revered and exploratory practitioners of photographic possibilities.

Jenny Holzer: “Dust Paintings” at Cheim & Read
September 11 – October 25
547 West 25th Street
Jenny Holzer has used government documents as a source for her work since 2004. Language has been Holzer’s primary medium since the late 1970s. Placed on electronic signs or stone benches, Holzer’s text investigates how ideas are transformed form argument or opinion into fact.

Matthew Ritchie: “Ten Possible Links” at Andrea Rosen
September 12 – October 22
525 West 24th Street
Weaving together four distinct projects, the exhibition embodies a comprehensive visual examination of diagrammatic thinking. Encompassing a wide range of mediums, Ritchie’s immersive installation–including painting, wall drawing, sculpture, sound, and moving image–demonstrates the complexity and transient nature of information.

FRIDAY

“Junction” at Ed Thorp Gallery
September 12 – October 25
Opening: September 12, 6-8pm
210 11th Avenue
“Junction” is a group show at Ed Thorp that features a cross section of contemporary abstraction that also plays with recognizable imagery. The six painters in this exhibit use a wide range of abstract tropes–thick handling, drips, smears and bare canvas. Participating artists include Mark De Long, Sarah Faux, Kurt Lightner, Rob Nadeau, Jason Stopa, and Russell Tyler.

Jim Shaw: “I Only Wanted You to Love Me” at Metro Pictures
September 12 – October 2
Opening: September 12, 6-8pm
519 West 24th Street
Jim Shaw presents new paintings in his exhibition “I Only Wanted You to Love Me” at Metro Pictures. One of the most influential artists in his generation, Shaw ardently researches a vast spectrum of subjects—from comic books he has accumulated since childhood to mythology—and dizzyingly incorporates them into his drawings, paintings, sculpture and videos.

Sam Durant: “The Invisible Surrealists” at Paula Cooper Gallery
September 12 – October 18
Opening: September 12, 6-8pm
521 West 21st Street
Inspired by Robin D.G. Kelley’s essay, “Keepin’ it (Sur)real: Dreams of the Marvelous,” Durant’s new body of work revisits the history of Surrealism, casting light on lesser-known members of the movement from the Francophone colonies.

Laurent Grasso: “Soleil Double” at Sean Kelly
September 13 – October 18
Opening: September 12, 6-8pm
475 Tenth Avenue
For the exhibition, his first in the gallery’s new space, Grasso has created an immersive installation where viewers will weave through sculpture, paintings, neon, and the video Soleil Double. The video was filmed in EUR in Rome, the planned site of the 1942 World’s Fair that was never to take place due to WWII.

SATURDAY

Rob Pruitt: “Multiple Personalities” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
September 13 – October 25
Opening: September 13, 6-8pm
620 Greenwich Street
Pruitt will show new work from his series “Suicide Paintings,” hand-painted gradients in dark and light blues. He’ll also debut a new body of work based on automatic drawings from his therapy sessions.

“The Material Image” at Marianne Boesky Gallery
September 13 – October 25
Opening: September 13, 6-8pm
118 East 64th Street
“The Material Image,” an exhibition organized by curator Debra Singer, brings together 18 contemporary artists whose work reflects renewed engagements with photography through continued exploration of its earliest forms while expanding its traditional limits. The artists included are: Michele Abeles, Lucas Blalock, Sam Falls, Ryan Foerster, Amy Granat, Rachel Harrison, Leslie Hewitt, John Houck, Barbara Kasten, Jason Loebs, Nick Mauss, Ken Okiishi, Arthur Ou, Anthony Pearson, Marina Pinsky, Mariah Robertson, Matt Saunders, and Chris Wiley.

Amy GranatAndrea RosenAnthony PearsonArthur OuBarbara KastenCheirm & ReadChris WileyChristopher Le BrunDavid ZwirnerEd Thor GalleryFriedman BendaGavin Brown's enterpriseJames NaresJason LoebsJason RhoadesJason StopaJenny HolzerJim ShawJohn HouckKen OkiishiKurt LightnerLaurent GrassoLeslie HewittLucas BlalockLuhring AugustineMarcel DzamaMariah RobertsonMarina PinskyMark De LongMatt SaundersMatthew RitchieMetro PicturesMichele AbelesNick MaussNir HodPaul KasminPaula Cooper GalleryRachel HarrisonRagnar KjartanssonRob NadeauRob PruittRussell TylerRyan FoersterSam DurantSam FallsSarah FauxSean Kellythe NationalTomma Abts

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