From a Turner Prize Winner to a Mysterious Viral Prankster, Meet 6 Artists Making Their New York Solo Show Debuts This Fall

Kicking off the new season with artists showing their work in the city for the first time.

Mark Wallinger in front of Writ in Water. Photo by John Millar, courtesy National Trust Images.

Fall is upon us, and so to christen the new season, we’ve highlighted six intriguing artists who are making their New York solo show debuts:


1. “Matthew Larson: Vice Versa” at Massey Klein

Matthew Larson, <em>Double Fiction</em> (2018). Photo courtesy of Massey Klein.

Matthew Larson, Double Fiction (2018). Photo courtesy of Massey Klein.

Matthew Larson has spent a decade working as a fiber artist, developing a unique weaving process with Velcro on linen, embedding individual threads from mass-produced acrylic and wool fibers to create precise patterns, which can be geometric and linear, or organic and curvilinear. The resulting works lie at the intersection of drawing, painting, sculpture, and weaving.

124 Forsyth Street; September 5–October 7, 2018. 


2. “Nathaniel Mary Quinn: The Land” at Salon 94

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, The Borrower (2018). Image courtesy of Salon 94 and the artist.

Nathanial Mary Quinn’s first solo show at the gallery shines a light on his rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Quinn considers himself an adoptee of the area, with most residents having put down roots decades before, and he treats the subjects of his portraits with deference, abstracting their features and layering in his feelings toward them.

243 Bowery, 1 Freeman Alley; September 7–October 27, 2018, opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m.



3. “Mark Wallinger: Study for Self Reflection” at Hauser & Wirth

Mark Wallinger, Self Reflection (2016). ©Mark Wallinger, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.

For his first solo show at Hauser & Wirth’s US outpost, Turner-prize winner Mark Wallinger is presenting a selection of new paintings and sculptures that continue to explore reflection. The works are reflections of specific places: A sculpture inspired by the New Scotland Yard sign is constructed with mirrored surfaces, conjuring themes of authority and supervision. For one piece, Self Reflection, Wallinger has reproduced the mirror from Sigmund Freud’s study.

West 22 Street; September 13–October 27, 2018; opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m.



4. “Mahmoud Khaled: I Want You to Know That I Am Hiding Something From You” at Helena Anrather

Mahmoud Khaled, <em>I Want You To Know That I Am Hiding Something From You</em> (2018). Photo courtesy of Mahmoud Khaled.

Mahmoud Khaled, I Want You To Know That I Am Hiding Something From You (2018). Photo courtesy of Mahmoud Khaled.

A native of Alexandria, Egypt, Mahmoud Khaled, whose work includes photography, video, sculpture, and architectural interventions, has never shown in the US before. The exhibition will include a bench that originally came from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, paired with photographs taken in public spaces in the city in 2008, offering a chance to reflect how political and social conditions have evolved over the past 10 years in Egypt.

28 Elizabeth Street; September 14–November 4, 2018; opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m.



5. “Edgar Orlaineta: We Do No Work Alone” at Proxyco Gallery

Edgar Orlaineta, Cálida. Photo courtesy of Proxyco Gallery.

Edgar Orlaineta, Cálida. Photo courtesy of Proxyco Gallery.

In his first New York solo show, Mexico City sculptor Edgar Orlaineta presents wooden miniatures celebrating modernist craft techniques, such as woodturning, metalworking, weaving, and assemblage. His hybrid sculptural forms encourage viewers to consider how we think about handmade goods, both fetishizing and neglecting such time-consuming processes in our increasingly fast-paced world.

168 Suffolk Street; September 14–November 1, 2018, opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m.



6. “Triconis Aeternis: Rites and Mysteries, a Solo Exhibition From Zardulu the Mythmaker” at On Canal, hosted by TRANSFER 

Kriophorus, epithet of Zardulu the Mythmaker. Photo courtesy of the artist and TRANSFER.

Kriophorus, epithet of Zardulu the Mythmaker. Photo courtesy of the artist and TRANSFER.

Rumor has it, artist and trickster Zardulu has been subtly altering the discourse for years, sewing strange tales across the internet through viral videos like Selfie Rat. The masked modern mythmaker steps out of the shadows this fall thanks to TRANSFER gallery, which will exhibit Zardulu’s unconventional work in storefronts along Canal Street. The artist is said to have a trained mischief of rats at her command, but despite presumably false rumors linking her to the legend of Pizza Rat, there won’t be any videos featuring rodents in the show. Zardulu will present a book of her drawings, offering artifacts from her viral works for sale. She also promises, intriguingly, to be present for the opening.

Between Broadway and West Broadway on Canal Street in New York City; October 4–November 1, 2018; opening reception 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

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