12. “Rob Pruitt: Pattern and Degradation”
The artist-prankster-showman’s biggest solo outing yet, inspired by Rumspringa, the Amish tradition of letting teenagers try out the larger world for a year. Look for the Amish quilts rendered in gold spray paint, graffiti-style. Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Maccarone, Inc.; Sept. 11–Oct. 23.
13. “Pipilotti Rist: Heroes of Birth”
New videos and video-based sculpture from the Swiss artist known for composing hallucinogenic, enveloping dreamscapes. Luhring Augustine; Sept. 10–Oct. 16.
14. “50 Years at Pace”
The gallery marks its half-century birthday with a look back at the artists and exhibitions that made it a superpower. Picasso’s late works and Giacometti women will be on view, as will a tribute to the gallery’s seminal 1962 Pop show, plus more recent coups from the likes of Tim Hawkinson and Maya Lin. Pace Gallery (four locations); Sept. 17–Oct. 23.
15. “Guillermo Kuitca: Paintings, 2008–2010”
Sperone Westwater’s new Bowery gallery—almost as big as the New Museum!—opens with a selection of Kuitca’s paintings as well as an elaborate presentation of the artist’s 1992 Le Sacre installation of 54 mattresses printed with sinewy road maps. The latter work will be mounted in Sperone’s “Moving Room”—a twelve-by-twenty-foot elevatorlike space that travels slowly between the second and third floors. Sperone Westwater; Sept. 22–Nov. 6.
16. “Jeff Koons: Exaltation”
The uptown gallery partially restages one of the most howled-about exhibitions in New York art history: “Made in Heaven,” Koons’s 1991 depiction of himself in various states of coitus with his porn-star then-wife. Still outrageous, still prescient. Luxembourg & Dayan; Oct. 6–Jan. 21.
17 Ana Mendieta
A new solo show examines the working methods of the short-lived, underappreciated performance artist, best remembered for her silhouettes rendered in mud and other unorthodox materials. Galerie Lelong; Oct. 28–Dec. 11.
18. Robert Rauschenberg
The first major survey of Rauschenberg’s work since his death in 2008—and since Larry Gagosian snatched exclusive representation of the artist’s estate from Pace in June. Gagosian (21st St.); Oct. 29–Dec. 18.
19. Pat Steir
For a month this fall, Steir will hole up in Sue Scott’s gallery to create an immersive site-specific installation that expands upon the cascading floor-to-ceiling painted abstractions for which she is best known. Sue Scott; Nov. 7–Jan. 9.
20. Huma Bhabha
A two-venue exhibition from the Pakistani draftswoman and sculptor who uses found junk and basic materials (chicken wire, Styrofoam, battered-looking clay) in her wonderfully tactile work. Peter Blum and Salon 94; Nov. 17–Dec. 23.
Sept. 8: “Act-Up New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987–1993.” at White Columns.
Sept. 9: “Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool,” at the Asia Society.
Sept. 10: Arlene Shechet at Jack Shainman; “Alex Hubbard: Death Never Sleeps” at the Kitchen.
Sept. 11: “Gerhard Richter: Lines Which Do Not Exist” at the Drawing Center.
Sept. 15: Lucy Skaer at Location One.
Sept. 18: Sue Williams at 303 Gallery.
Sept. 23: Gregory Crewdson at Gagosian.
Sept. 28: “The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Nov. 4: Erwin Wurm at Lehmann Maupin; Paulina Olowska at Metro Pictures.
Nov. 6: Luc Tuymans at David Zwirner.
Nov. 10: “Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Nov. 11: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the Studio Museum in Harlem.