As much as we love these last sunny summer days, nothing compares to the combination of crisp fall air and freshly unveiled art exhibitions, does it?
This autumn brings a diverse and thrilling selection of shows, from Andy Warhol to animé. To give you a brief idea, in the following slideshow you will find perverted birds, a 2,000 lb. painting, anarchist street art, Lindsay Lohan and the manifesto that spurred the conceptual movement.
Check out the 15 exhibitions we can't wait to see this fall. There are clearly many shows we had to leave out, so be sure and leave your own suggestions in the comments section below.
<a href="http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/" target="_hplink">Barry McGee Retrospective</a> at Berkeley Art Museum, now until December 9 Why: The mid-career retrospective of San Francisco's iconic "beautiful loser" will present 30 years of elegant cartoon chaos, mixing comic imagery and hobo art that depicts dudes hungover from their urban existence. Who: San Fran anarchists, students, addicts and hobo enthusiasts.
<a href="http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/cy-twombly--september-06-2012" target="_hplink">Cy Twombly,</a> at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London; September 6 Why: These final paintings by the master of the sanctimonious scribble... (ghostly graffiti?) are the most vibrant and colorful of his career. Who: Kindergardeners who can give Twombly a run for his money, professional artists that can't.
<a href="http://www.paulkasmingallery.com/exhibitions/2012-09-06_erik-parker" target="_hplink">Erik Parker, "Bye Bye Babylon</a>" at Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; September 6 Why: This exhibition is the lovechild of Henri Rousseau and Lisa Frank. Who: Ravers, primitivists, psychedelic dudes, young adults with a nostalgia complex.
<a href="http://www.gagosian.com/" target="_hplink">Richard Phillips</a> at Gagosian Gallery, 24th St, NY; September 11 Why: Lindsay Lohan plays muse to Phillips' meditation of classical portraiture and pop culture. Who: LiLo fans, LiLo haters, paparazzi... oh, yeah and "art lovers."
Gerhard Richter at <a href="http://www.mariangoodman.com/exhibitions/2012-09-12_gerhard-richter/" target="_hplink">Marian Goodman Gallery, NY</a>; September 12 Why: The so-hot-right-now abstract artist has a new collection of works combining digital software and chance in a complex process that turns the painter into a programmer-sorcerer. Who: Really rich people who want to show the world's top-selling living artist some love. Also sorcerers, we hope.
<a href="http://www.hauserwirth.com/" target="_hplink">"A Visual Essay on Gutai"</a> at Hauser & Wirth, NY; September 12 Why: Learn about the 20 young Japanese artists who anticipated Abstract Expressionism, Fluxus and Conceptual Art through their revolutionary artistic experimentation following WWII. Who: Art history buffs, anyone who can't fall asleep at night from wondering "is it art?"
Mr., "Metaphorphosis: Give Me Your Wings" at Lehmann Maupin, NY; September 13 Why: Mr.'s chaotic installation focuses on Japan's psychological and physical debris after March 11, 2011, while his paintings delve into the Japanese fetish with cuteness or otaku... sounds like a strange and disturbing combo. Who: Anime lovers, manga nerds, Japanese fetishists.
<a href="http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/six_years/" target="_hplink">Lucy Lippard 'Materializing "Six Years"</a>' at The Brooklyn Museum, NY; September 14 Why: Forty years after its publication revisit Lippard's groundbreaking "Six Years," a book that introduced the idea as an artistic form and paved the way for conceptual art. Who: Feminists, intellectuals, Dadaists, Brooklynites.
<a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/" target="_hplink">Regarding Warhol</a> at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; September 18 Why: Identity, celebrity, commodity, sexuality... the issues Warhol introduced to the scene have never been more relevant. This exhibition shows 60 artists from the past 50 years and it looks like just about everyone was influenced by our favorite blonde oddball. Who: It girls, queers, rock stars and a bunch of boring people who may be the most fascinating of all.
<a href="http://www.menil.org/exhibitions/ClaesOldenburgStrangeEggs.php" target="_hplink">Claes Oldenburg, "Strange Eggs"</a> at The Menil Collection, Houston; September 20 Why: Oldenberg's early work, sharp-edged scavenged collages, show a very different side to the iconic Pop artist, mostly known for his soft sculptures. It feels almost like peaking into his angst-ridden journal, substituting surrealism for emo of course. Who: The Hot Topic crowd, Pop art fans... we doubt they'll get along.
<a href="http://amoa-arthouse.org/2012/nick-cave/" target="_hplink">Nick Cave</a>, "Hiding in Plain Sight" at AMOA-Arthouse, Austin; September 29 Why: His soundsuits combine Mardi Gras, drag culture, dance, high fashion, Haitian flags and Southeast Asian embroidery... you will be hard pressed to find a more raucous sensory overload in a museum setting. Who: Outlandish glittery monsters so wild looking you won't have a moment to look at the other museum goers!
<a href="http://www.ybca.org/the-parade-djurberg-and-berg" target="_hplink">The Parade</a>: Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg at YBCA, San Francisco; October 12 Why: Djurberg's animated claymations gone bad mix play-dough bright colors with the darkest perversions, showing how our primal instincts can be both innocent and depraved. Who: Parents who have made an awful mistake.
<a href="http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/exhibitions/chihuly.aspx" target="_hplink">Dale Chihuly</a> at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA; October 20 Why: Your Mom probably loves this prolific and controversial glassblower, whose team of artisans have earned him the comparison "the Thomas Kinkade of Glass Art." Who: So many mom jeans, so many fanny packs.
<a href="http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/robert-mapplethorpe-xyz" target="_hplink">Robert Mapplethorpe, "XYZ"</a> at LACMA, LA; October 21 Why: Mapplethorpe's delicate black-and-white photos, explicit in content yet minimalist in style, remain a breakthrough for homoerotic imagery in art. Who: Those interested in queer iconography and those interested in nudie pics.
Jay DeFeo, "A Retrospective" at SFMOMA, San Francisco; November 3 Why: Perhaps you know this Beat painter from her monstrous mixed media painting "The Rose," which took 7 years to make and weighed in at almost 2,000 lbs... but you probably don't know about the rest of the 150 works in her first ever definitive exhibition. Who: Beatniks, Berkeley students, weight lifters?
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