FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6
Opening: “Zeng Fanzhi: Paintings, Drawings, and Two Sculptures” at Gagosian Gallery
No offense Texas, but the saying should probably be “Don’t Mess With China.” Chinese painters are here to stay and they want to take down the market like Ric Flair finishing “Rowdy” Roddy Piper off with a wicked “Figure Four.” Mr. Fanzhi is leading the class, outselling Mr. Sales himself, Jeff Koons, between 2011 and 2014, coming in behind only Gerhardt “Moneybags” Richter. “But wait,” you’re asking. “Is this guy even any good?” That’s for you to find out Friday night, isn’t it?
Gagosian Gallery, 555 W 24th Street, New York, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening: Peter Doig at Michael Werner
This Scot who skipped town for Trinidad can paint like nobody’s business, and now we have a new batch of light and paint-filled artistry to wonder at in amazement. This exhibition is comprised of mostly new paintings, along with works that were presented at Venice’s Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa earlier this year (molto bene!) As a true “artist’s artist” (if that’s a thing), you have to love the lengths to which he goes to create these superlative surfaces. I mean, what the hell is going on in that pic above!? There’s like a van Gogh/hip-hop dude possibly leaving after-images as he stumbles through a semi-indoor, semi-outdoor space. Maybe there are lights and mirrors. Who knows? What we do know is that it’s awesome.
Michael Werner, 4 East 77th Street, New York, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening: Joseph Kosuth “Agnosia, an Illuminated Ontology” at Sean Kelly
Joseph Kosuth is conceptual art straight, no chaser. Long before frat dudes started painting stuff gold and calling it conceptual, there was “the dematerialization of the art object,” as the great art writer Lucy Lippard said, and that was Mr. Kosuth’s deal. Agnosia: An Illuminated Ontology is an installation that brings together all the classic Kosuth-ian methods for merging image, language and meaning. What’s that? Neon works on the ceiling and the columns??? That’s nuts! We’ll get to see works from early in the artist’s career all the way to works made in 2013. It should be a real treat for old-timey art buffs.
Sean Kelly, 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening: Simryn Gill “Floating, Tree Accounts” at Tracy WIlliams LTD.
If you like wildly under-recognized artists that just keep making amazing artworks under the radar, this show is for you. The Singapore-born artist was in Documenta 12 and 13 as well as the 2013 Venice Biennale, and we’re pretty sure this show will be a knockout, as she continues to draw inspiration from her hometown of Port Dickson, Malaysia’s leaves, stones and potatoes. Her cataloging of materials creates a poetic rumination on true value in a life of impermanence. So ditch the bro art—at least for a night—and check this out instead.
Tracy Williams LTD., 55 Hester Street, New York, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Conference: Art Law Day at Appraisers Association annual meeting
The Appraisers Association takes Manhattan Friday with their annual Art Law Day, presented in conjunction with the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Tax problems? Art insurance issues? Restitution matters getting you down? Sit down with the best for the most practical way to spend your time in the art world this weekend. Continuing education credits are available for some types of accredited pros.
NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y., admission is $295
Sale: Pablove Shutterbugs Charity Event
There’s no better cause than preventing childhood cancer, so head down to The Pablove Foundation’s New York Shutterbugs Gallery Show at the Aperture Foundation Gallery forthwith. On exhibit will be photos by 40 children who participated in the Shutterbugs program, which provides pediatric cancer patients with photography classes and equipment.
547 West 27th Street, New York, N.Y., 6p.m. – 8p.m.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7
Opening: Francis Bacon: “Late Paintings” at Gagosian
Over twenty-five paintings by the world’s fourth most expensive artist—bolstered by a record 2013 Christie’s sale of the triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud for nearly $150 million—is a coup, even for Larry. Made in London and Paris during the last two decades of his life, Bacon’s late works evoke a turn towards introspection, as brush marks and drips give way to spray-painted areas of soft, moody chiaroscuro. It’s easy to be cynical about this splashy display of art world sovereignty, but Bacon can still stir disaffected teenage skate punks as much as hedge funders, so go ahead and enjoy this incredibly rare collection of paintings.
Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Opening: Mark Bradford “Be Strong Boquan” at Hauser & Wirth
And the hits keep coming! This time, it’s Mark Bradford, the L.A.-based hairdresser-turned-art star, who is having his first solo show at this art emporium. Here we’ll find a new multimedia work called Spiderman, which will be presented along with new paintings, sculpture and a second video installation. Fresh off a recent solo show at L.A.’s Hammer Museum, the exhibition touches on personal issues for the artist: The misrepresentation of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s as it relates to queer identity and the race riots in L.A. in 1992. It’s not frilly stuff, so hit the gallery, take it in, then discuss.
Hauser & Wirth, West 18th Street, New York, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7 AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8
Dinner: Sotheby’s private dining event with Massimo Boturra
The best things in life aren’t free. They are probably food, art and sex. Anyway, two of the three will be combined this weekend via Sotheby’s, which is hosting dinner and drinks with Massimo Boturra, chef of Osteria Francescana—a three Michelin star restaurant in Modena, Italy that’s been on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for most of the last decade. This year it rose to a tasty No. 2. The meal with be set amongst some fine art that happens to be for sale. Stroll the 10th floor galleries surrounded by the work of Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol and the food of Mr. Boturra, which he says is inspired by these artists. We’re not sure what “food that is a reaction to Abstract Expressionism,” will be like, but at least it’s not likely to be boring. And you can check out Cy Twombly’s untitled 1968 work set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s contemporary evening sale next week. It’s supposed to fetch “in excess of $60 million.” A comparative bargain at the same Nov. 11 auction: a 1949 Jackson Pollock for $20 million+.
Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave, New York, N.Y., invited guests only
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8
Talk: “On Curating at the 92nd Street Y
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries, and Jens Hoffmann, the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Jewish Museum square off in this “winner-take-all” discussion on curatorial strategies and radical practices. But seriously, this should be very cool as these contemporary art studs will be revealing the tricks and ideas they’ve garnered over two tremendous careers. A Q&A follows the talk.
92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue, New York, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $32 general public; $22 Jewish Museum Members
Gala: Dia Art Foundation’s Fall Night
Come out for a night of cocktails, dinner and Robert Ryman, as the Dia Foundation fetes the monochromatic minimalist Sunday evening at their Chelsea space. Maybe pretend it’s one of those Hamptons white parties and dress accordingly. The 85-year-old painter’s first solo show in New York City in more than 20 years opens December 9 at Dia in Chelsea.
540 West 21st Street, New York, N.Y., email email@example.com for details
Auction: Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Evening Sale
If you manage to thwart convention and leave the house for an auction on a Sunday (!), check out Phillips’ contemporary sale, which features “Provenance: Japan,” a set of six Japanese works spanning just after WWII to the 1980s. Also scheduled to come under the hammer in the 52-lot sale is work from Cindy Sherman, Joan Miro, Damien Hirst, Wade Guyton and Carl Andre.
450 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y., admission by ticket only. For ticket inquiries call (212) 940-1236