NYC Autumn Gallery Highlights 2019

September 28, 2019

Autumn is finally here, bringing with it an exciting roster of gallery exhibitions. From painting to multi-media installations, emerging to established artists, read on for our not-to-miss shows of the season.


Loie Hollowell at Pace Gallery 
Loie Hollowell’s Plumb Line, a solo-presentation of new paintings by the artist, is one of six exhibitions inaugurating Pace Gallery’s new global headquarters in Chelsea. Abstracting the human figure, this new body of work explores Hollowell’s relationship to the different stages of pregnancy.   Reconfigured in modular forms along vertical and horizontal lines, these shapes reflect vibrant hues of red, orange, blue, purple and yellow, each alluding to the emotional states of pain, peace, exhaustion and joy. 

Also on view at the gallery’s recently unveiled 540 West 25th Street space, are David Hockney (3rd Floor), Peter Hujar (3rd Floor), Yto Barrada (Library, 1st Floor), Fred Wilson (7th Floor), and Alexander Calder (1st Floor).

Loie Hollowell’s Standing in Light, 2018, is on view in Plumb Line, on view at Pace Gallery through October 19th.

Amy Sherald at Hauser & Wirth
the heart of the matter…, Amy Sherald’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, is on view through October 26th.  The much anticipated show debuts a suite of new larger scale paintings that reinforce the multiplicities of African-American life, encouraging viewers to reconsider commonly accepted notions of race and representation. Working from meticulously composed and dramatically staged photographs, Sherald situates her subjects in brightly colored, ambiguous environments, carefully modifying expressions and patterns to emphasize a sense of familiarity.

Amy Sherald’s When I let go of  what I am, I become what I might be, 2018, is on view at Hauser & Wirth, as part of the artist’s exhibition The heart of the matter… (Oil on Canvas Still © Amy Sherald).

Roe Ethridge at Andrew Kreps Gallery
Roe Ethridge’s exhibition entitled Sanctuary 2  marks the first at Andrew Kreps Gallery’s Tribeca location. As the title implies, the show addresses and investigates the concept of ‘sanctuary’ and its myriad interpretations. Moving from private to public life, and between vernaculars of commercial photography, candid cell phone images, and classic still life, Ethridge’s works capture the vivid and intimate details of his shifting locales and daily experiences.

Tribeca has emerged as a new hub for other art galleries including James Cohan Gallery, Canada New York, and Kaufmann Repetto, among many others.

Erin O’Keefe at Denny Dimin Gallery 
An exhibition of new photographs and wall sculptures entitled Seeing Things continues Erin O’Keefe’s exploration of light and dimensional space.  Operating between the mediums of photography, painting, and sculpture, O’Keefe constructs sculptural arrangements comprised of painted cardboard, plexiglass, or wood staged on a studio tabletop, then photographs them in moments of spatial ambiguity, capturing the contradictions that result from the camera’s intrinsic distortions.

Seeing Things, an exhibition of new works by Erin O’Keefe, including Kiss, 2019, (pictured) is on view at Denny Dimin Gallery (Image Courtesy of Denny Dimin Gallery). 


Allora & Calzadilla at Gladstone Gallery 
Allora & Calzadilla: Cadastre, on view at Gladstone Gallery, revisits the Surrealist encounter with the anti-colonial movement in the Carribean and its relationship to climate change and justice. Drawing inspiration from the transformative collection of poems by Martinican poet and politician Aimé Césaire, the show features three works all informed by the poetics of mark making, traces, and survival.  Alluding directly to global climatic transformations, in Graft, thousands of blossoms of the Tabebuia chrysantha tree, a species native to the Caribbean, appear windswept across the gallery floor.

Graft, 2019, is one of three recent works by artist duo Allora & Calzadilla currently on view in their exhibition Cadastre at Gladstone Gallery (Image Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery). 



Sarah Sze at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 
Known for her beautiful labor-intensive multimedia environments, Sarah Sze’s works incorporate elements of painting, architecture, sculpture and installation.  In this show, Sze expands her work by embedding her nuanced sculptural language into the material surfaces of paintings and into the digital, collapsing distinctions between two, three, and four dimensions. Crescent (Timekeeper), the centerpiece of the show, and arguably one of Sze’s most impressive installations to date, is comprised of moving images projected onto small pieces of shredded paper and suspended from a curved tower of scaffolding.

Sarah Sze’s installation Crescent (Timekeeper) is on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery this fall (Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery).




Richard Serra at Gagosian
Richard Serra’s blockbuster exhibitions at three of Gagosian’s NY spaces  are not to be missed: On the Upper East Side, an exhibition of recent drawings entitled Triptychs and Diptychs, while Forged Rounds, and Reverse Curve, in Chelsea, two highly anticipated presentations feature  large-scale steel sculptures. Originally conceived in 2005 for a public project in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Reverse Curve, 2005/19, a sculpture measuring 99 feet long and 13 feet high is finally being realized for the first time.  For Forged Rounds, Serra debuts four new works from his Rounds series. Filling the entire West 24th Street space, each forged-steel sculpture is composed of multiple 50-ton elements of differing diameters and heights.


John Zurier at Peter Blum Gallery 
North from Here, an exhibition of new paintings by local favorite John Zurier are worth a visit.  A resident of Berkeley and Iceland, Zurier describes the north as severe, desolate, hostile, yet strikingly beautiful. These qualities are evident in his minimal, emotive, near-monochrome paintings. Concerned with capturing qualities of light and atmospheric effects, Zurier’s works emphasize nature’s inherent beauty without direct reference to landscape.

North From Here, an exhibition of new paintings by John Zurier, is on view at Peter Blum Gallery (Image Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery).