15 Things We’re Excited For in 2015

You may want to get your calendar out for this one.


John Waters: Celebrated auteur John Waters will kick off the new year right with “Beverly Hills John,” an amusingly titled exhibition of his visual art at Marianne Boesky Gallery. The January 9 opening is sure to be star-studded, strange, and just the right amount of smutty.

From New York to Paris: In January, Galerie Perrotin will open its first show of one artist, Jesús Rafael Soto, in two locations, New York and Paris. Thought of as the grandfather of kinetic art, Soto’s signature sculptures are known as “Penetrables.” Bonus points to anyone who manages to make it to both shows.

SculptureCenter group show: Known for championing both emerging artists and curators, SculptureCenter is ringing in 2015 with “Under Foundations,” a show of newly commissioned works that address notions of “what lies beneath the surface.” A fitting theme, considering the organization recently reopened its awesome basement exhibition space after renovations.

Go Outside: The Outsider Art Fair is definitely not your average fair. With art made by folk artists, self-taught artists, and outsider artists from over 45 international galleries representing 27 cities and 8 countries, it’s a welcome break from the sea of predictable Pop art you’re bound to wade through elsewhere. Plus, it’s likely the last art event to take place in the recently sold Center 548 building.

“Silence” at the Guggenheim: This On Kawara retrospective, which opens on February 6, was organized with the help of the artist prior to his recent death. It will be the first exhibit to show Kawara’s full artistic output since 1964 all in one place, and will also feature a performance of the conceptual masterpiece One Million Years, which visitors can volunteer to participate in.

New Museum Triennial: Has it been three years already? The New Museum’s Triennial returns with a showcase of work from a new generation of international artists. Meant to be predictive rather than reflective, this year’s show is curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, the now-famous artist who was featured in the inaugural 2009 exhibition.

Laurie Simmons’s dolls: In March the Jewish Museum will display a series of new photographs by Laurie Simmons (yes, Lena Dunham’s mom) that explore the curious community of women who alter themselves in a variety of ways, from makeup to surgery, to look like living dolls.

Basquiat in Brooklyn: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s legendary notebooks are filled with poetry fragments, word play, sketches, and observations. In April the Brooklyn Museum will hold the first major exhibition of the notebooks, which will feature 160 pages of rarely seen personal documents, alongside works on paper and large-scale paintings. It will be a must-see for art buffs, Basquiat fans, and those nostalgic for the gritty 1980s New York City his work has come to be synonymous with.

The Whitney’s big move: In October the Koonsmania that dominated the New York art scene for months finally closed. In November we bid adieu to the Breuer Building with a major blowout. On May 1 the museum’s new Meatpacking District home will open its doors with an inaugural show highlighting its extensive permanent collection, followed by a hotly anticipated Frank Stella retrospective. We can’t wait.

Yayoi Kusama’s return to NYC: As you may recall, last time Yayoi Kusama held a solo show at David Zwirner in 2013, lines to get in wrapped around the block. An avalanche of selfies from the infamous mirrored room made Facebook unbearable for weeks. It was pandemonium. In May we’re going to do it all over again.

Yoko takes the MoMA: May is always a major month for art, and it looks like this year will be no different. The MoMA will mount a survey of Yoko Ono’s art from 1961–71, the years leading up to her first show at the museum (which wasn’t really a show at all). Due in part to Yoko’s star power, the place is sure to be a zoo.

Paul Chan’s solo show: In November we received the exciting announcement that Paul Chan was this year’s winner of the Hugo Boss Prize. This spring we’ll get to see exactly why he was the unanimous favorite of the jurors. The multidisciplinary artist, who also runs a print publishing venture, will be celebrated with a solo show at the Guggenheim.

Bushwick Open Studios: BOS purists will tell you it’s devolved into a total frat party, but it’s coming back for another year regardless. With more than 600 artists to meet and studios to explore, plus the possibility of another iteration of last year’s delightfully un–fair-like NEWD art fair, we feel there’s truly something for everyone, regardless of whether it just happens to come with a side of PBR. Interested artists can apply to participate here!

Folk in the City: Folk City” at the Museum of the City of New York is the perfect exhibition for summer. Centering on the American folk music revival of the 1950s and ’60s, it will explore the vital role of Greenwich Village, the iconoclastic neighborhood known for nurturing both the arts and progressive politics. Music lovers, rejoice!

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015: Just kidding. We’re still recovering from this year.

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