Gallery: D’Amelio Terras Gallery, 525 W 22nd St.
Dates: September 10–October 23, 2010
Exhibit: Delia Brown's favorite subject has always been her own ambition and narcissisism—a taboo subject for most artists, to say the least. Beginning with her debut exhibit "What! Are You Jealous?" which showcased women drinking champagne poolside in Beverly Hills in a Gauguin update, she's frequently painted herself and her friends in hilariously over the top situations. For her latest show, Brown assumed the persona of her idol, dressing up as the feminist patron saint (and Madonna's favorite painter) and hanging out in collectors' homes and other locales in Mexico City.
Gallery: Anton Kern Gallery, 532 W. 20th St.
Dates: September 15–October 30, 2010
Exhibit: You may recognize David Shirgley's style from the quirkier sections of your local bookstore (his latest was Ants Have Sex In Your Beer), but the visual artist has a distinctive, stilted sense of humor that's brought him fans across all spectrums of the cultural landscape. He's even directed music videos for the bands Blur and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
Gallery: Alexander and Bonin, 132 Tenth Ave.
Dates October 16–November 27, 2010:
Exhibit: Legendary outsider artist Paul Thek was known for his disintegrating "meat pieces," which made use of decaying flesh and spoke to the ephemeral nature of art (and of meat). A later career move to various parts of Europe inspired Thek to bring this passion to the more traditional medium of paintings. The resulting wispy landscapes are displayed here ahead of an upcoming retrospective at the Whitney. Also on view are photos from Thek's studio, which serve as a memento for the artist, who died of AIDS in 1988.
Gallery: Perry Rubenstein Gallery, 527 West 23rd St.
Dates: October 21-24, 2010
Exhibit: As a preivew for the FIAC contemporary arts fair, Perry Rubenstein has its entry on display in its New York gallery, a trippy mix of work. Pictured here is Robin Rhode's Pascal's Iron, part of a series where the iron marks on the wall devolve into Escher-esque explosions of organized madness. Other highlights include Annie Kevans dark portrait of Coco Chanel (subtitle: "Collaborators") and fake, terrifying events fliers by Brooklyn duo known as Faile.
Gallery: Nicole Klagsbrun, 526 W 26th St. No. 213
Exhibit: On display till October 23, Patrick Jackson's tchotchkes are the real deal: the artist scoured thrift stores, scratching each item with a fingernail as a preliminary stress test to make sure it could support the weight of the glass and the other layers. Each of the 14 stacks has six levels, which is impressive in itself, and his selection recalls the living rooms of small town America, mixed with a bit of Jeff Koons or Mike Kelly. Just make sure you relegate your drinking to after you visit the exhibit.
Gallery: Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th St.
Dates: October 14-November 14, 2010
Exhibit: Cuban conceptualist Yoan Capote, who once made a maze based on the curves of the human brain, unveils his first U.S. solo show, a collection of paintings and sculptures that again examine the relationship between mind and body. By the way, when the guard tells you not to touch the artwork he means it—Capote's inviting seascapes are studded with fishhooks. Lovely from a distance, they're wonderfully menacing up close.
Gallery: Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue
Dates: October 19-December 23, 2010
Exhibit: If you attended the Met's tremendously popular Picasso exhibit this past summer and find yourself in a bit of a blue period without the opportunity to see his work whenever you like, Gagosian is here to help. Across his various mediums, Picasso never kept his style exactly the same, and this exhibition draws on his eclectic nature for wide-ranging sampling of his paintings, statues, and ceramics. Be sure to catch his absurdly phallic bull statuette.
Gallery: The New Museum, 235 Bowery
Dates: October 20, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Exhibit: A handful of artists, many born in the 1980s, work across a variety of mediums to determine what's still hidden and what's still valuable in the age of information. One standout piece (pictured) is Lisa Oppenheim's The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, which features photos of sunsets from overseas soldiers' Flickr streams, and will be projected as a 35 mm slideshow projection. Also keep an ear out for Aleksandra Domanovic's crowdsourced techno music, based on introductions from Yugoslavian news programs.