9 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before Nov. 5

  • We’re hoping by Thursday, Hurricane Sandy will have blown over and will remain nothing but a distant memory. While we can’t say for sure that all of these events will go forward as planned, as of now, they’re on. Here’s to planning your first days back out in the art world.

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

    Opening: Cy Twombly at Gagosian Madison Ave.
    Gagosian pays tribute to the late Cy Twombly—a staple artist at the gallery since its early days in the mid 1980s—with an exhibition of his last paintings and a selection of his photographs. Twombly’s eight vivid paintings are related to his “Camino Real” series, with which Gagosian kicked off its Paris outpost in 2010. The photographs present a wide variety of work from early studio images from the 1950s to St. Barths landscapes from 2011. —Rozalia Jovanovic
    Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Relâche – The Party 2012 Performa Gala
    Relâche—less party, more extravaganza—pays tribute to Francis Picabia and Erik Satie, and their Surrealist Paris performance Relâche in 1924. Re-imagined by Ryan McNamara and with a dinner inspired by René Magritte and Salvador Dalí, this is sure to be a high-flying event. Don’t forget to follow the dress code and wear black and white—haute couture, of course. —R.J.
    508 West 37th St, New York, 6 p.m. Tickets start at $150.

    Art Fair: Editions|Artists Books Fair at Center 548
    More than 60 international exhibitors—Fulton Ryder, Specific Object, Cirrus and many, many more—will offer their prints, multiples and various other kinds of editioned work at the fair, which was founded by gallerist Susan Inglett of I.C. Editions and Brooke Alexander Editions back in 1998. This evening brings the VIP preview. It will be free to the public from Friday through Sunday. Details here. —Andrew Russeth
    Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, 6–9 p.m., $25

    Opening: Trenton Doyle Hancock “…And Then It All Came Back to Me” at James Cohan Gallery
    Texas-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock will have his fifth solo show at James Cohan Gallery, a new body of work that the artist describes as “radical portraiture.” —Michael H. Miller
    James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Mark Barrow at Elizabeth Dee
    Elizabeth Dee presents the second solo show of the young artist Mark Barrow at her Chelsea gallery. —M.H.M.
    Elizabeth Dee Gallery, 545 West 20th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Luc Tuymans at David Zwirner
    This show marks the artist’s 10th at Zwirner and turns the brush inwards, as it were, with a few self-portrait style paintings. One, Me, has the artist looking not quite at the audience, another My Leg, goes slightly abstract on that subject. Will we ever know Tuymans? A celebration and a show all in one. —Dan Duray
    David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street, New York, 6 to 8 p.m.

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

    Opening: Mickalene Thomas, “How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art” at Lehmann Maupin
    Mickalene Thomas’s third solo show at Lehmann Maupin comes in two parts. At the Chrystie Street gallery there are new large-scale paintings, both landscapes and interiors scenes, as well as some short films she made while traveling in Europe. At the Chelsea gallery, the artist’s first documentary film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, a tribute to the artist’s mother and muse, Sandra Bush, will take center stage with one of Ms. Thomas’s tableau environments recreated in the gallery to really let you get into her world. The two shows complement Ms. Thomas’s first museum show, “Origin of the Universe,” which opened at the Brooklyn Museum on Sept. 28.
    Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street and 201 Chrystie Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Melvin Edwards at Alexander Gray Associates
    Melvin Edwards, who is among the artists featured in “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980,” which just went on view at MoMA PS1 after appearing at the Hammer in Los Angeles last year, will present his installation Curtain for William and Peter (1969–1970), “a sheer drape of barbed wire hemmed with heavy-gauge chain,” as the gallery puts it. The show, in the gallery’s recently expanded space,  will also include a variety Mr. Edwards’ welded steel constructions that he builds from chains, hooks and other bits of metal. —A.R.
    Alexander Gray Associates, 508 West 26th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

    Alex Katz, Jeremy Deller at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
    Alex Katz and Jeremy Deller: two great tastes that taste great together. What else do I have to say here? Head on down to Gavin Brown’s this Saturday, which should be back above the water line by then. —D.D.
    Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.