Art lovers, rejoice: The fall season in New York City includes a number of must-see art exhibitions to take in. Ranging from large retrospectives of infamous artists, such as Andy Warhol, to smaller showcases of under-the-radar talents, these distinctive showcases are sure to tick any culture buff’s wish-list. Below, see the top five exhibits worth seeing come fall.
“Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel”
Where: New Museum
When: September 26, 2018–January 20, 2019
What: Since the late 1980s, English artist Sarah Lucas has been making artworks out of found objects and everyday materials (think cigarettes, vegetables—anything goes). This showcase will explore some of her most important pieces including early sculptures from the 1990s, distorted furniture pieces, and more.
What: The late Swedish artist Hilma af Klint will receive her first major solo exhibition in the United States. A “long under-recognized innovator of abstract art,” you won’t want to miss the artist’s use of bold color palettes and expansive formats.
“Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble”
Where: Leslie-Lohman Museum
When: September 29, 2018 – January 27, 2019
What: This showcase focuses on performance artist Stephen Varble, who became an icon in New York’s LGBTQ community in the 1970s. He particularly became known for his disruptive and impromptu performances, where he would perform in public spaces or galleries wearing drag costumes made of trash and found objects.
What: Jewelry lovers will savor The Met’s expansive jewelry exhibit. (No, you can’t shop it.) This will explore how jewelry “acts upon and activates the body it adorns,” including over 230 different objects from the museum’s collection. Expect headdresses, brooches, necklaces, rings—all explored within the cultural context and decades from which they derive.
What: The world’s most famous pop artist gets a major retrospective. The exhibit will include Andy Warhol’s early drawings as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, as well as his Pop masterpieces of the 1960s through the 1980s (ranging from film to paintings to much, much more). It will also highlight new research and materials that have risen since his untimely death.