By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
October 18-January 3
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, 120 Park Avenue, at 42nd Street, 663-2453
The latest techno-futuristic project by this imaginative young Turkish-born artist shows up at the cigarette Whitney.
PASCALE MARTHINE TAYON
October 18-November 16
Lombard-Fried, 531 West 26th Street, 967-8040
This internationally respected young Cameroonian, whose nomadic installations have a spontaneity that sometimes belies their deeper intent, focuses on Brazil's poor, homeless communities in an installation titled "Brazilisme."
October 19-November 27
Alexander & Bonin, 132 Tenth Avenue, 367-7474
An exhibition of several new works.
October 19-November 30
Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street, 315-0470
Having reconceptualized "Lament of the Images," the stunning installation he did for Documenta 11, Jaar presents it along with an even newer work.
October 24-February 16
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, 831-7272
This fall's installment of the annual show, selected from work submitted to the slide files, samples the latest and most innovative art by fresh new Latino and Latin American artists at work in New York.
November 2-December 21
Barbara Gladstone, 515 West 24th Street, 206-9300
Created from tape, foil, cardboard, paper, and other basic materials, Hirschhorn's scrappy politicized environments have aroused admiration and outrage in major shows across Europe. For his first New York solo, he turns the gallery into a prehistoric cave.
November 2-December 21
Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street, 343-7300
His sprawling multistory stairwell installation was one of the few highlights of last spring's Whitney Biennial. Hopefully he'll do something just as desultory and playful here, in a show of new work titled "Now Is Now."
November 5-December 21
LFL, 530 West 24th Street, 631-7700
Zach the gallerist, who opened his first gallery at the age of 19, is now 23. And nearly all the artists he shows are under 30. Schutz, who's 26, inaugurates the gallery's move to a ground-floor space with a series that explores the slippage between painting and sculpture and impossibilitystarring a fictional guy who keeps getting done in and coming back to life.
'PAINTING AS PARADOX'
November 7-December 21
Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 226-3970
Some 50 young and restless painters grapple with the digital, the hyper-figurative, and the wildly eclectic in a salon-style state-of-the-art show out to prove that painting may be mutating, but it's alive and well.
November 9-January 30
ACE, 275 Hudson Street, 255-5599
This elusive, street-smart African American master fills ACE's sublime galleries and hall with his most recent and farthest-out work in a show that has been six years in the making. It should be a treat.
November 13-December 21
Apex Art, 291 Church Street, 431-5270
Jérôme Sans, curator of Palais de Tokyo, Paris's newest, grungiest, most experimental, and most artfully deconstructed big exhibition space, curates a show on a different scale here.
November 14-January 4
Leo Koenig, 249 Centre Street, 334-9255
A bright young painter who has been emerging for far too long shows more of her bright, highly stylized, and oddly affectless work, which vacillates between banality and brilliance.
November 16-December 21
D'Amelio Terras, 525 West 22nd Street, 352-9460
Brown, whose work involves posturing and pretension, already broke all the rules in her renegade retro-watercolors of surly girls living it up. This time around, she infiltrates the world of contemporary music, producing a music video and related paintings.
November 21-January 4
Tanya Bonakdar, 521 West 21st Street, 414-4144
Dion's art had always been about natural history, and "Vivarium" is no exception. The large installation involves a big old decomposing tree and a visual record of all the organisms that are agents of its demise.
November 26-January 4
Robert Miller, 524 West 26th Street, 366-4774
No guarantees, but if we're lucky this legendary and still daring pioneer will come up with a large new encrusted installation.
December 10-January 18
Friedrich Petzel, 535 West 22nd Street, 680-9467
In this show the 29-year-old Canadian artist moves the comic pathos and sly abstractness of his sad and lonely talking-blob imagery off the canvas and into showy sculptural space in a cool installation.
December 14-January 18
Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 206-7100
This enterprising African American conceptualist from L.A., who was born in 1973, does it all himself in his first New York solo show, growing tobacco plants and manufacturing the paper for a project in which he creates his own brand of cigarettes.
Reviews by Vince Aletti
September 5-October 2
Burden Gallery, 20 East 23rd Street, 505-5555
"Stepping Through the Ashes," a show of black-and-white photos probing New York's shaken psyche and shattered architecture in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
September 5-October 12
P.P.O.W, 476 Broome Street, 941-8642
The first of several shows by this excellent, thoroughly engaged photographer rounds up moving work, much of it portraiture, from two books about Somali refugees, Ramadan Moon and A Camel for the Son.
September 5-November 2
Scalo, 560 Broadway, 334-9393
Portrait work from The Victor Weeps, Sheikh's 1998 book about Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Also here: images from the "Here Is New York" exhibit, which Scalo is publishing in book form this fall.
FAZAL SHEIKH+DIETER APPELT
September 5-October 19
Pace/MacGill Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, 759-7999
Sheikh shows recent photos from Brazil; Appelt, a grid of portrait images made in homage to filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.