2021 Fall Preview: Galleries

The Large Galleries

You know them, even if you don’t follow the art scene that closely. Galleries in multiple locations (often the top ten most expensive places to live), representing well known artists or their estates, often involved with major blockbuster shows of auction houses, museums or arts events. Their shows are usually very good, presented in custom designed spaces that give the works and visitors plenty of room. We recommend visiting them from time to time: you won’t get a deeply emotional or overtly scholarly approach to the pieces, but you will gain an understanding as to the qualities that dealers, collectors, and critics look for when assessing modern/contemporary artwork. Below are listed a sample of these giants in the NYC art world:

Marianne Boesky Gallery (multiple locations): Ghada Amer: The Women I Know Part II (September 9 – October 23, 2021), Michaela Yearwood-Dan: Be Gentle with Me (September 9 – October 23, 2021), Svenja Deininger (November 4 – December 18, 2021)

Paula Cooper (multiple locations): Bruce Conner & Jay Defeo (“we are not what we seem”) (September 9 – October 23, 2021), Julien Lethbridge (September 18 – October 16, 2021)

Gagosian (multiple locations): Kon Trubkovich : The Antepenultimate End (September 9 – October 23, 2021), John Currin: Memorial (September 14 – October 30, 2021), Tatiana Trouvé: From March to May (September 18 – October 30, 2021)

Marian Goodman (24 West 57th Street): Tacita Dean (September 7 – October 9, 2021)

Hauser & Wirth (542 West 22nd Street): Avery Singer: Reality Ender (September 9 – October 30, 2021), Philip Guston, 1969-1979 (September 9 – October 30, 2021) and at the 32 East 69th Street location: Erna Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time (September 30 – December 23, 2021)

Lehmann Maupin (multiple locations): Calida Rawles: On the Other Side of Everything (September 9 – October 23, 2021), Gilbert and George: New Normal Pictures (September 9 – November 6, 2021), McArthur Binion: Modern: Ancient Brown (September 9 – October 23, 2021)

Lévy Gorvy (909 Madison Avenue at 73rd Street): Mickalene Thomas: Beyond the Pleasure Principle (opens September 9, 2021)

Luhring Augustine (multiple locations): Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller (September 10 – October 23, 2021), Tomm El-Saieh (opens November 4, 2021)

Pace (540 West 25th Street): Thomas Nozkowski : The Last Paintings (September 10 – October 23, 2021), Robert Longo: I do fly/After summer merrily (September 10 – October 23, 2021), Convergent Evolutions: The Conscious of Body Work (September 10 – October 23, 2021)

David Zwirner (multiple locations): Marcel Dzama: Who Loves the Sun (September 8 – October 23, 2021), Alice Neel: The Early Years (September 9 – October 16, 2021), Lisa Yuskavage: New Paintings (September 9 – October 23, 2021), More Life (September 14 – October 23, 2021)

The Mid-Size & Small Galleries

These galleries fall into three basic categories: themes, up and coming (that may evolve into a superstar – or not), or good to excellent mid-career artists who aren’t well known beyond the discerning collectors looking for works that add meaning and context to their holdings. These are the gallerists who often place their artists’ works in major arts institutions around the country, helping museums create collections that future generations will find useful and relevant. The background research in their shows is incredibly useful to a gallery visitor, helping them understand the who, what, where, when, and why of the work on view. The listing below is just a sample of the many galleries representing the variety of art available in NYC.

Cavin-Morris (529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor): Phoenix: New Artists and New Works at the new Cavin-Morris Gallery (September 11 – October 9, 2021)

Cristin Tierney Gallery (219 Bowery, Floor 2): Dread Scott: We’re Going to End Slavery. Join Us! (September 17 – December 18, 2021)

Andrew Edlin (212 Bowery): Agatha Wojciechowsky: Spirits Among Us, curated by Aurélie Bernard Wortsman (September 8 – October 23, 2021), Margot’s Cosmic Sanctuary (September 8 – October 23, 2021)

Sean Kelly Gallery (475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street): Dawoud Bey: In This Here Place (September 10 – October 23, 2021)

Galerie Lelong (528 West 26th Street): Leonardo Drew (September 9 – October 23, 2021), Jaume Plensa (October 29 – December 11, 2021)

Joan B. Mirviss Ltd (39 East 78th Street, Suite 401): Classical Dignity, Contemporary Beauty: Hori Ichirō (September 17 – October 15, 2021)


School Museums & Galleries

Normally we’d have more entries in this category but not every school is ready to present IRL exhibitions, although most do have a selection of online material. The listings below are just a sample of what’s available in these small but always interesting venues.

The Art Students League of New York (57th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue): Two Generations of Women Printmakers: Atelier 17 and The Art Students League (November 4 – December 5, 2021)

Bard Graduate Center (86th street, between Columbus and Central Park West): Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850-1915 (September 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022)

Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University (615 West 129th Street, near Broadway): The Way We Remember: Fritz Koenig’s Sphere, the Trauma of 9/11, and the Politics of Memory (September 10 – November 14, 2021)

Museum at FIT (27th Street and Seventh Avenue): Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion (until November 28, 2021), Head to Toe (TBA), Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties (TBA)

The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture (8 West 8th Street, near Fifth Avenue): Gracie DeVito, Recent Paintings (September 7 – October 10, 2021), Lennart Anderson: A Retrospective (October 18 – November 28, 2021), Likkle Tings, curated by Curtis Santiago (December 9, 2021 – January 23, 2022)


Credit: Andy Warhol, Flowers (10 of 10 in Suite from Flowers Portfolio), 1970, Screenprint on paper, 28/250. From the Bank of America Collection. © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Associations, Leagues, & Workshops

Not quite galleries and not quite museums, these multifaceted arts centers may focus on a single discipline or act as a gathering place for artists of all kinds. Their exhibitions are geared more to contemporary and/or modern work, with the occasional historical show that links to the institution’s background.

Japan Society (333 East 47th Street, near First Avenue): Improvisation in Wood: Kawamata x Munakata (opens September 30, 2021)

National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South): Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop, Works from the Bank of America Collection (September 7 – November 4, 2021), Anna Khachatryan: New Works – including Red Zone (September 7 – October 5, 2021)

Society of Illustrators (63rd Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues): Comic and Cartoon Arts from the Permanent Collection (until October 2, 2021), Comic Art Sale and Exhibit (until October 23, 2021), Members Open Exhibit: FLOURISH (October 20, 2021 – January 1, 2022)

Urban Glass (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn): H Schenck: New Introductions (September 7 – October 29, 2021)