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On View, Fall 2019: 7 Works by Blue-Chip Artists to Invest in This Month

On View, Fall 2019: 7 Works by Blue-Chip Artists to Invest in This Month
Picture of Judith Hopf, via Kopenhagen Art Institute

Every fall the art season begins—and to mark its beginning, galleries and museums put their best feet forward, starting off the season with exhibitions that showcase their very best. Here we look at works by 7 artists who are season openers this year. See their shows on view, and collect these investment pieces by these talk-of-the-town, blue-chip artists!

Eye #6 (Sinkhole) , 2012

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Everyone seems to be talking about Alex Prager this week. Her blockbuster exhibition at Lehmann Maupin just opened in New York, where she's debuting a brand new film Play the Wind . Meanwhile, The New Yorker published a glowing portfolio on the artist; Emily Witt writes, "Prager does for photography what James Ellroy did for crime fiction, inventing a neo-noir L.A. vernacular that creates a feeling of the past without the limitations of historical accuracy." With an affinity for the pulp fiction heroine, Prager makes photographs that often feel like film stills; they could almost be taken from a David Lynch film, if Cindy Sherman did the character and costume design. And yet, Prager's perspective is all her own, self-taught—and adored by the rest of us. Artspace has several photographs from the artist's eye series, a signature of the artist's style. "The eyes, whether interpreted as belonging to the viewer or the subject, operate as a mode of investigation—an aid to decoding the scenes and implicating the viewer by provoking an emotional response," according to a press release for an exhibition at Yancey Richardson. (We also have access to a 2010 sold-out edition of 3 for a limited time... email for more info.)

La Colombe d'Or , 2019

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In Chelsea, Miles McEnry Gallery launched its season with an exhibition of new paintings by Israeli artist Guy Yanai. Though the Tel Aviv-based artist has shown his work all over the world, this exhibition, in the heart of New York's premier gallery district, is sure to propel him into new heights. (In other words, if you like his work, buy now before it's out of reach!) Bright colors, aspirational settings, and balanced compositions aren't the only things that make Yanai's paintings so easy to love. The artist paints one linear brushstroke at a time, harking back to the impressionist with his pointillistic technique, while simultaneously referring the pixilated digital world we live in today. Inquire about Yanai's paintings to hang one in your home, or nab this gorgeous 16-color-plated silkscreen, depicting a Alexander Calder sculpture by the La Colombe d'Or hotel pool in Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

Click here to read our interview with Guy Yanai about his influences and the Israeli art scene.

A Handful of Stars , 2016

This month, LACMA will take part in giving the long-overdue recognition Betye Saar's work deserves with an exhibition covering the span of the artist's entire career, which has taken the realities of African-American oppression as its subject for the last 50-plus years. If you're unfamiliar with Saar, who will be featured in Phaidon's celebratory compendium Great Women Artists, here's a very quick primer: Working in assemblage and collage, processes often associated with Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg, Saar uses symbols and objects that subvert stereotypes about Black Americans, often using historic American objects, or relics from the artist's travels across Africa, Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Her most well-known work, for example, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972) is a wooden box holding a stereotypical “mammy” doll inside, which holds a broom in one hand and a rifle in the other. A Handful of Stars , the sculpture edition pictured above, consists of a solid bronze cast of the artist's left hand, conceived to honor her 90th birthday and the retrospective exhibition, “Betye Saar: Still Tickin’,” organized at Museum Het Domein Sittard in the Netherlands, in partnership with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. For more a deeper understanding of the work's meaning, click here to view the Artwork Page.

Haka , 2012

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