With the big November auctions soon coming to New York, things are really starting to heat up in the art world, with the drumbeat of exhibitions and talks (and parties!) steadily mounting. Here is a quick gloss on the must-see events of the week in the city and beyond.
- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH -
Opening reception for "Devin Powers: Paintings" and "Semi-Automatic" at Lesley Heller Workspace, 54 Orchard Street, 6-8 p.m. (through November 25th)
Lower East Side gallery Lesley Heller will host simultaneous exhibitions: the first gallery show in New York City for geometric abstractionist Devin Powers, and "Semi-Automatic," a group show featuring artists such as Micah Ganske, Margaret Evangeline, and Paul Campbell.
Monika Sosnowska at the New School, Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, Tishman Auditorium, 6:30-8 p.m., $10, free for students
As part of the "Between Art and Architecture" series of talks occurring this fall at the New School, sculptor Monika Sosnowska will discuss her site-specific and large-scale work. The talk coincides with the installation of the artist's new 40-foot-tall steel sculpture Fir Tree in the Doris C. Freeman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park, which will be on display until February 17th.
Edvard Munch's The Scream at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 5th Floor (through April 29th, 2013)
Starting on Wednesday, Edvard Munch's iconic painting of supernal anomie—recently established as the most expensive to ever be sold at auction—will be on display in MoMA's painting and sculpture galleries.
Opening reception for "Fernando Botero: Sculpture" at Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street, 6-8 p.m. (through December 1st)
This exhibition of relatively recent works by Fernando Botero will consist of 19 more intimately-sized marble and bronze sculptures in his hallmark curvilinear (read: pudgy) style.
- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH -
Michelle Kuoat the New School, Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, Tishman Auditorium, 6:30-8 p.m.
The editor-in-chief of Artforum, Michelle Kuo will discuss the role of the critic in contemporary society and address the ways in which his or her fundamental position as outsider can be circumnavigated.
Opening reception for "Giorgio Griffa: FRAGMENTS 1968-2012" at Casey Kaplan Gallery, 525 West 21st Street, 6-8 p.m. (through December 22nd)
Over 40 years of work by the Italian abstract painter Giorgio Griffa will be on display in this show, the artist's first solo exhibition in New York since 1970.
Skylar Fein and Dan CameronÂ at C24 Gallery, 514 West 24th Street, 7 p.m.
On the last day of his politically minded solo exhibition at C24 Gallery, artist Skylar Fein will discuss his work with Dan Cameron, the chief curator of the Orange County Museum of Art and the founder of Prospect New Orleans. RSVP to email@example.com
Opening reception for "Glenn Ligon: Neon" at Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, 6-8 p.m. (through December 8th)
The show will feature a number of text-based neon sculptures created by Ligon since his movement into the medium in 2005, including two pieces derived from works by Bruce Nauman, and another new sculpture Double America that was created for the exhibition.
Opening reception for "Lin Tianmiao: Badges" at Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street, 6-8 p.m. (through December 15th)
Coinciding with "Bound Unbound," Lin's first major solo exhibition at the Asia Society, Galerie Lelong will present an installation of over 60 hanging hoops the artist has embroidered with slang terms for women. The exhibition will also feature recent works from "The Same" series, which are composed of tiny human bones bound in colorful thread.
Opening reception for "Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Frank Stella" at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, 6-8 p.m. (through November 24)
The works of the renowned Color Field painters will be on display in this exhibition at a moment when the 1950s art movement is gaining new traction in the market, as lately evidenced by Gagosian's signing of the Frankenthaler estate.
Opening reception for "Sarah Palmer: As a Real House" at the Aperture Foundation, 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, 6-8 p.m. (through November 17th)
Last years's Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner Sarah Palmer will display her disparately composed yet affectingly balanced photographs of detritus from contemporary society.
Public opening of "Richard Artschwager!" at the Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Avenue, 11 a.m-6 p.m. (through February 3rd, 2013)
This retrospective of seminal and uncategorizable artist will feature paintings, drawings, and sculptures from his eclectic oeuvre, including a number of his lozenge-shaped blps, which will also be installed on the High Line, near the Whitney's future home.
Opening reception for "Alexander Calder: The Complete Bronzes"Â at L&M Arts, 45 East 78th Street, 6-8 p.m. (through December 8th)
Though Calder is best known for his mobiles made from sheet metal and wire, this exhibition will showcase the sculptor's experiments with bronze.
Terry Winters and Philip Ording at Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, 7-9 p.m.
The painter Terry Winters will be joined in discussion of string figures and pictorial topology by the mathematician Philip Ording, who will also be making a presentation at the event. The program accompanies the current exhibition, "Harry Smith: String Figures," which will be on display at Cabinet until November 3rd.
- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH -
Opening reception for "Seth Price: Folklore U.S." at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, 456 West 18th Street, 6-8 p.m.
The gallery will be inaugurating a new space on 18th Street with an exhibition of new work by Seth Price featuring paintings and fabric sculptures that "extrapolate" themes from his project at dOCUMENTA (13).
Opening reception for "Antony Gormley: Bodyspace" at Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, 6-8 p.m.
Also inaugurating a new location, Sean Kelly will be hosting an exhibition of two new sculptures by the British sculptor that will turn the space-formerly the home of Exit Art-into "a reflexive chamber in which the viewers' passage through space and confrontation with mass is activated and registered."
Jeff Koons and Pepe Karmel at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 6:30 p.m., $10
In conjunction with the Guggenheim's "Picasso: Black and White" exhibition, Jeff Koons will be joined by art historian Pepe Karmel as they discuss the celebrity artist's personal fascination with the cubist master. Though the event is currently sold out, standby tickets will be made available one hour before the talk.
Opening reception for "Joyce Pensato: You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do" at Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1120 North Ashland Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL, 5-8 p.m.
This exhibition will feature new paintings by Brooklyn-based painter Joyce Pensato, who is known for her expressionist depictions of figures from popular culture. Along with recent images of Groucho Marx and Kenny from South Park, Pensato will also install paint-splattered sculpture from her studio.
- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH -
Opening reception for "Ryan Johnson: Self Storage" <ahref="http://www.suzannegeiss.com/">at the Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, 6-8 p.m. (through December 2nd)
In his first show at the gallery, Ryan Johnson presents a variety of multimedia sculptures that obscure the distinctions between the realistic and the fantastic, as he touches on issues crucial to life in contemporary society.
Opening reception for Mark Bradford at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 530 West 22nd Street, 6-8 p.m. (through December 15th)
For Mark Bradford's third solo showing at the gallery, the celebrated Los Angeles painter will display a group of new work.
Opening reception for "Judy Fox: Out of Water" at PPOW, 535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor, 6-8p.m. (through December 15th)
In this latest exhibition of figurative sculptural installations for which she is best known, Judy Fox further explores the underlying role of psychology and mythology in contemporary society.
Opening reception for "Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: France 1880-1960"Â at Galerie Daniel Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France (through December 24th)
For his first show in France, renowned painter Kehinde Wiley traveled through Morocco, Tunisia, Gabon, Cameroon, and the Republic of Congo to explore the colonial history of France in Africa, creating baroque portraits of young men he met along the way.
- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH -
Opening reception for "Phong Bui: Work According to the Rail, Part 1" at Showroom, 170 Suffolk Street, 6-8 p.m. (through November 25th)
Curated by Francesco Clemente studio manager Ricardo Kugelmas, this exhibition of 25 collage paintings by artist and Brooklyn Rail editor Phong Bui explore his attempts to turn the monthly arts journal into its own work of art or social sculpture.
- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH -
Joan Snyder at the New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street, 6:30 p.m.
Painter Joan Snyder will visit the New York Studio School as part of their evening lecture series to talk about her body of work, including her new paper-pulp paintings, which are on view at Cristin Tierney Gallery until December 8th.
"Vera List's Legacy: The Democracy of the Print" at the New School, Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue, 6:30-8 p.m.
Kathy Goncharov, curator of exhibitions and audience engagement at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and former curator of the New School Art Collection; Alise Upitis, director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center; and artist Paul Ramírez JonasÂ will join moderator and Artspace.com editor-in-chief, Andrew M. Goldstein, for a discussion on the egalitarian nature of prints as a seen through the legacy of collectors Vera and Albert List. RSVP to http://veralist.splashthat.com/
Opening reception for Tom McKinley at John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (through December 5th)
This exhibition will present new work by painter Tom McKinley, who meticulously recreates scenes of domestic mid-century architecture, showcasing the environments and meticulously recreating the expensive cultural artifacts that fill these homes.