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Selecting the best of New York City’s arts scene

September marks the most wonderful time of the year: the beginning of the fall art season in New York City. It seems every gallery and museum in town is premiering or celebrating an artist, discussing a movement or group, or trying to convince the public that something that was previously considered junk or worse, should now be considered art (or at least an art form). It makes for lively conversation and frankly, we wouldn’t have it any other way. This week ArtsGazing has added ‘Fall Preview’, a new section that summarizes the best of what’s on view at NYC’s galleries and museums. We’ve made a point of including many of the smaller museums in our list because people tend to skip them in favor of the Big Four in Manhattan, which is a shame because the smaller places are putting on the best shows this fall. Take a look at our choices and you’ll see what we mean.

In the ‘Opening This Week’ section, we feature Kikuo Saito: To Paint with Drawing at Loretta Howard Gallery. Saito was a multi-faceted artist, designing sets and directing in experimental theater at La MaMa in downtown Manhattan as well as being a painter. The show illustrates his transition from painting canvases to painting for his theatrical productions.

For the ‘Gallery Shows’ section, we list two shows of Roy DeCarava’s photography work at David Zwirner. DeCarava’s mastery of using existing light is especially notable; it often acts as a secondary character in his portraits. The gallery is selling catalogs for each show and if you’re a photographer you might want to consider getting them for your reference library.