Six must-see exhibits rock NY in September

From ultrapop David LaChapelle to great German photography, passing by Brazilian names, check out our tips for the Big Apple

Mary Magdalene Abiding Lamentation (2018) by David LaChapelle

If you are in NY and have already checked out our retrospective of German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans at MoMA and the new show by Beatriz Milhazes at Pace, take note: we've highlighted six more must-see exhibits now running in the Big Apple. From the ultrapop David LaChapelle to the sequence of the German photography class with the exhibitions of great masters in Tillmans' tail, not forgetting the Brazilians on display, we give you the must see of the New York scene between September and October.

david LaChapelle at Fotografiska

If MoMA has Tillmans, the Fotografiska Museum, specializing in clicked images, is not far behind and holds the first museum retrospective in North America of the ultrapop and colorful David LaChapelle. 

With more than 150 works, make believe explores the artist's trademark, which blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy in images of unusual composition, almost always featuring entertainment figures. Iconic works, such as “Mary Magdalene Abiding Lamentation” (2018), with Kim Kardashian in the role of the famous biblical character, share the exhibition space with new creations by the artist.

Bernd and Hilla Becher at the met

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Water Tower, Verviers, Belgium (1983)

But German photography does not stop at Tillmans, and is still well represented by shows by Bernd & Hilla Becher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and by Thomas Ruff in one of the NY units of the David Zwirner Gallery. 

At the Met, the posthumous retrospective of Bernd and Hilla Becher (1931-2007; 1934-2015) celebrates the work of the precursor couple of German architectural photography and is the first to carefully research the personal collection of working materials and the artists' archive, pioneers in recording the demise of Western European and North American industrial architecture that fueled the modern era.

thomas Ruff na David Zwirner

Work detail dope 03 1 (2022) by Thomas Ruff

Created by the Düsseldorf School, directly influenced by the Becher couple, the also German Thomas Ruff presents his new research. Entitled dope, reference to The Doors of Perception (1954), by Aldous Huxley, the new series of images displayed at 533 West 19th Street is a blend of psychedelic fractal patterns created with software for industrial carpet printing.

Eva Hesse at the Guggenheim

Expanded Extension (1969) by Eva Hesse

Another German also wins a posthumous exhibition at another major museum, the Guggenheim, but not with photography. The influential and experimental Eva Hesse (1936 – 1970) has her monumental sculpture Expanded Expansion (1969, from the Guggenheim collection) publicly displayed for the first time in 35 years, alongside a group of small experimental works, arranged as the work table of the artist, revealing his visceral manipulation of materials.

Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca at the New Museum

frame of make it go, 2015, by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

And in addition to Beatriz Milhazes at Pace, more Brazilians are also present in good exhibitions, such as Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, who occupy the third floor of the New Museum with the “Five times Brazil” exhibition. As the name implies, there are five of the duo’s projects: “Faz que vai” (2015), “Estás seeing things” (2016), “Terremoto Santo” (2017), “Swinguerra” (2019) and the recent “Fala da Terra” (2022), about Coletivo Banzeiros, a theater group made up of members of the MST, which is also on display at Masp.

Maria Klabin at Nara Roesler

View of the Maria Klabin exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler NY

At Galeria Nara Roesler in NY, the painter Maria Klabin makes her North American debut with the exhibition LiquidAir, first solo show by the Brazilian artist there. Curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas, the exhibition presents images that can be perceived both as imaginative, dreamlike and unusual, as well as realistic and everyday, ranging from chromatic landscapes to his authorial appropriation of the portrait tradition.


make believe – David LaChapelle

Until 1/8/23 

Fotografiska Museum

Address: 281 Park Ave S, NY

Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 9pm (closed on 9/21 and 9/22, reopening on 9/23)

Bernd & Hilla Becher

Until 6/11

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Avenue

Address: 1000 Fifth Ave 82nd Street, NY

Hours: Sunday to Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 am to 5 pm; Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 9 pm; wednesday, closed

dope – Thomas Ruff

Until 10/22

David Zwirner Gallery NY

Address: 533 West 19th Street, NY

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Eva Hesse: Expanded Expansion

Until 10/16

Guggenheim Museum NY

Address: 1071 Fifth Ave, NY

Hours: Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to Friday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, from 11 am to 8 pm; tuesday, closed

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca: Five Times Brazil

Until 10/16

New Museum 

Address: 235 Bowery, NY

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm; monday, closed

Maria Klabin: Liquid Air

Until 10/15

Gallery Nara Roesler NY

Address: 511 West 21st Street, NY

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

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