Autumn means the start of a new cultural season. More than 500 art exhibitions open in New York City in the period of a few weeks; Thursdays in Chelsea and other days of the week in other areas of Manhattan. It's impossible to see everything. Art lovers need to choose from the scores of opening receptions each day. On the second Thursday of the "art wave" in late September I went to Chelsea, three gallery openings in mind, and several others bookmarked on my NYABapp.
The shows I most wanted to see were in some of the most ‘established’ venues, coincidentally run by three women, Gladstone Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Marianne Boesky Gallery. GalleristNY listed them among 50 most powerful women in the New York art world , a nice directory to revisit a year after it was published. Ripening archives and the evolution of women in the art world.
Thomas Hirschhorn's installation "Concordia, Concordia" at Gladstone Gallery is a must. Reminiscent of his 2009 immersive "Universal Gym", this time the spectacular installation is based on the January sinking of the cruise ship off the coast of Italy. Two-thirds of the gallery is an interior of the ship, frozen in time, spread on its side. Watch it from the sidelines and be completely immersed.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is showing Diana Al-Hadid's "impossible” architectural sculptures, which reference everything from ancient art history to science-fiction, while playing with spatial and narrative perspective. Definitely worth a visit. Or two.
Andrea Zittel cites the history of art, modernism and abstraction in her installations. At Andrea Rosen Gallery, in her tenth solo exhibition or the gallery, a panoply of materials, from woven textiles to paintings and drawings, are mounted in the newly expanded gallery space. It's worth comparing those works with the MoMA show, which I still need to attend. It looks like New York is full of Zittel this season, who is recognized for eroding the boundaries between art, life, and work.

As if for most women, there were any.
-Aneta Glinkowska
October 2012