John Walker: New paintings
Gallery: Knoedler and Company, 19 East 70th Street
Dates: November 4-December 30, 2010
Exhibit: Walker's new set of Abstract Expressionist paintings depict the landscape surrounding his home in Walpole, Maine. An earlier iteration of Walker's take on Maine was painted on playing cards, but this time you can leave the reading glasses at home.
Erwin Wurm: Gulp
Gallery: Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street
Dates: November 4 - December 4, 2010
Exhibit: The Austrian Wurm is best known for his "One Minute Photos" which pair the model with a uniquely positioned object — say, with magic markers jammed up his nose. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are big fans. This latest multi-format exhibition plays with the same themes, particularly in his Psycho series, which features huminoid figures engulfed in their sweatshirts.
Gallery: Friedrich Petzel, 537 West 22nd Street
Dates: October 29 - December 22, 2010
Exhibit: Over her 60 year career, Lassnig, one of the modern Austrian greats, has frequently concerned herself with "body-awareness paintings," to use her term, and this collection of works from the past four years shows a collection of deformed figures. Deutsche Bank owns several of her works, and she once stated in an interview that it was absurd to consider her avant garde, since she makes so much money from her painting.
Luc Tuymans: Corporate
Gallery: David Zwiner, 524 West 19th Street
Dates: November 6 - December 21, 2010
Exhibit: The Belgian Tuymans frequently tackles big themes (media, society, history), and one of his recent exhibits, Against the Day, was heavily influenced by the work of Thomas Pynchon. For this exhibit he takes his cues from Douglas Rushkoff, painting black and white works based on imagery related to corporatism. Be sure to check out his haunting painting of an East India Company clipper ship.
FAILE: Bedtime Stories
Gallery: Perry Rubenstein, 527 West 23rd Street
Dates: November 4 - December 23, 2010
Exhibit: Brooklyn duo FAILE display their latest collage work. They're heavily influenced by contemporaries like Shepard Fairey and Banksy, but this time they've taken their act a step futher, reducing most the works to a grid pattern. Still, it can't top that avant-garde arcade they put together earlier this year on the Lower East Side.
Gallery: Anton Kern, 532 West 20th Street
Dates: November 5 - December 23, 2010
Exhibit: In a 2005 review in The Times, Roberta Smith wrote that the West Coast-based Monohan had "found his inner German," whatever that means. His "artefacts," as they're called, combine sculpture, painting and mythology to create eerie, impressive totems.
Kristen Morgin, New York Be Nice
Gallery: Zach Feuer, 548 West 22nd Street
Dates: November 6 - December 18, 2010
Exhibit: Kristen Morgin works primarily with fired and unfinished clay, but her first New York show inaugurates the gallery's recently completed ground floor space in the Dia building. In this exhibit, she recreates childhood objects and a crashed Porche. Her past efforts have included mimicking not one but seven cellos.
Collier Schorr: Journals & Notebooks
Gallery: 303 Gallery, 548 West 22nd Street
Dates: October 29 - December 4, 2010
Exhibit: When you step into Schorr's exhibit, you're greeted with a banner proclaiming that "The Fucking War is Over." The Queens-born photographer explores the daily life in a small German town named Schwäbisch Gmünd.