Because Powhida—whose summer show at Marlborough Chelsea featured an actor posing as the louche, dissolute artist while the man himself holed up in Wisconsin—isn’t afraid to bite the hand that feeds him, by making a twelve-foot long drawing illustrating the concentration of wealth in America, as well as an “art-world food pyramid,” naming names of who serves (and eats) whom. Postmasters; Oct. 22–Nov. 26.
“Paul McCarthy: White Snow”
Because art’s randy, inappropriate uncle is at it again, retelling a fairy tale from the grim side of things. This time, McCarthy takes on Snow White, with sculptures of phallic-nosed dwarves and a cherubic Meissen-like heroine in ecstasy. Hauser & Wirth; early Nov.
Because the indomitable RoseLee Goldberg’s biennial consistently challenges object-oriented artists to take their acts live: iona rozeal brown will turn her Kabuki-hip-hop paintings into actual Kabuki theater, and Elmgreen & Dragset will launch the festivities with a Samuel Beckett–inspired riff called Happy Days in the Art World. Various locations; Nov. 1–21.
Because Ford moves from painting birds and animals à la Audubon to take on the towering populist anti-hero that is King Kong, a tragic figure whom the artist sees as a spurned lover whose grief turns to rage. Hey, we’ve all been there. Paul Kasmin; Nov. 3–Dec. 23.
Aug. 30: “The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt,” by Faith Ringgold and New York schoolchildren, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sept. 6: “here is new york: Revisited,” at the School of Visual Arts Westside Gallery.
Sept. 7: “Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered,” at the Brooklyn Museum.
Sept. 7: “Elena del Rivero: [Swi:t]Home: A CHANT (2001–2006),” at the New Museum.
Sept. 7: “Michelle Lopez: Vertical Neck” at Simon Preston Gallery.
Sept. 14: “Richard Serra: Junction/Cycle,” at Gagosian Gallery (W. 24th St.).
Sept. 15: “stillspotting nyc: To a Great City by Arvo Pärt and Snohetta,” at five Manhattan locations, organized by the Guggenheim Museum.
Sept. 15: “John Chamberlain: Pictures” at Steven Kasher.
Sept. 27: “Lisa Yuskavage” at David Zwirner.
Oct. 28: “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Surface of the Third Order” at the Pace Gallery (W. 25th St.).
Oct. 29: “Nan Goldin: Scopophilia,” at Matthew Marks (522 W. 22nd St.).
Nov. 3: “I Am the Billy Childish,” at Lehmann Maupin.
Nov. 13: “Clifford Owens: Anthology,” at MoMA P.S. 1.