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Jerry Saltz’s Want-to-Sees

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9. Janine Antoni: Up Against
Luhring Augustine; Sept. 12– Oct. 24.
This MacArthur winner returns with a video of herself hanging by ropes, spiderlike, in her daughter’s room—and with a copper device in the form of a gargoyle that allows a woman to urinate standing up. As Antoni puts it, “The body becomes a funnel through which the world has been poured.” I’ll say.

10. Tauba Auerbach: Here and Now/and Nowhere
Deitch Projects; September 3–Oct. 17.
A super-promising artist who uses sign-painting techniques, math, mysticism, and philosophy to “explore the impossible … to violate itself, or crumple it, or double it back on itself.” It’s retinally exciting, logical, and cerebral all at once.

11. Paul Chan: Sade for Sade’s Sake
Greene Naftali; Oct. 22– Dec. 5.
Chan’s five-hour-plus looped video of shadowy figures engaging in religious rituals and mayhem, experiencing natural disasters, and having sex is a visual ballad, putting all Chan’s interests in one darkly sexual, psychologically challenging basket.

12. Justine Kurland
Mitchell-Innes & Nash; Oct. 15–Nov. 14.
This photographer’s exploration of fictive utopias and the dreams of the itinerant gives us pictures of empty freight trains rolling through mountain landscapes, hobo musicians, and wizened prospectors still looking to strike it rich. A perfect photographic chaser to the Met’s Robert Frank show.

13. Peter Fischli & David Weiss
Matthew Marks; Oct. 30–Jan. 16.
I think of this extraordinary Swiss team as “Shamans of the Alps.” For this extravaganza, they’re building an installation out of 800 magazine ads, and showing their gnarly clay-and-rubber figures as well as a new film starring their animal avatars, a rat and a bear.

14. Lynda Benglis
Cheim & Read, Nov. 19–Dec. 19.
Our perennial and underappreciated wizard of the artistic id will exhibit her wily ways with phallic and labial forms, her penchant for intense color, and her knack for turning any material into something talismanic and weird.

15. The Bruce High Quality Foundation University
Susan Inglett Gallery; Dec. 4–Jan. 23.
This artist collective of aesthetic marauders and walking bullshit detectors has opened its own academy, in a donated Tribeca building, intending to subvert art schools’ market-driven ethos. The semester-end exhibition of work could be the most interesting new thing you’ll see all fall.

16. Sylvia Sleigh
I-20 Gallery; Nov. 5–Dec. 19.
The 93-year-old painter will present small-scale portraits (made in the sixties and seventies) of noted critics, curators, and other artists, nude, with big heads of bad hair, and flowery clothes. Sleigh’s paintings and watercolors are diamonds in the rough, waiting to be rediscovered and savored.


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