Virtual Is Political

Pretender contenders: US Department of Art and Technology plays house of representatives


DAVID WOJNAROWICZ
September 24-October 30
Roth Horowitz, 160A East 70th Street, 212.717.9067

For "Rimbaud in New York," Wojnarowicz, who has come to stand for the East Village scene at its most protean and committed, photographed himself masked as the French Symbolist poet. Previously unexhibited images from the series are here, along with a comprehensive new book.

Flagged down: Randall M. Packer
photo: Randall M. Packer
Flagged down: Randall M. Packer


MACHIEL BOTMAN
September 24-November 20
Gitterman Gallery, 170 East 75th Street, 212.714.0868

The U.S. solo debut of a Dutch photographer whose black-and-white pictures of family, friends, and atmospheric landscapes have a deeply personal, diaristic quality.


RAGHUBIR SINGH
September 30-December 30
Sepia International, 148 West 24th Street, 212.645.9444

A substantial retrospective of work by the Indian artist (1942-1999), who was one of the pioneering color photographers of the 1970s and whose signature style broke new ground in the documentary tradition.


TOMOKO SAWADA
October 5-November 13
Zabriskie Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 212.752.1223

This Japanese newcomer, recipient of the 2004 ICP Infinity Young Photographer Award, made a strong first impression with canny, identity-shifting self-portraits reminiscent of early Cindy Sherman. For her new series, titled "Costume," Sawada takes a page from Nikki S. Lee, dressing up as a grocer, policewoman, and nun and posing in the appropriate environments.


NIC NICOSIA
October 7-30
Charles Cowles Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, 212.741.8999

One of the first contemporary photographers to present staged cinematic images, Nicosia shows work from three new series, all involving startlingly surreal digital manipulations, sometimes of the landscape around Santa Fe.


MCCALLUM & TARRY
October 13-November 20
Marvelli Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, 212.627.3363

This collaborative team shows extraordinary life-size color portraits of homeless teenagers in Seattle, along with a video of Endurance, a 26-hour performance piece their subjects participated in. Also here: black-and-white portraits of young male and female inmates in a Russian juvenile prison by the Berlin-based rising star Ingar Krauss.


ADI NES
October 14-November 13
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, 212.645.1701

The Israeli photographer shows the confrontational color photos of Arab men being interrogated and incarcerated that he made for Vogue Hommes.


ABELARDO MORELL
October 15-December 4
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 212.888.6007

The gallery inaugurates its new Fuller Building space with work from one of its stars, including Morell's dreamlike camera obscura interiors and his idiosyncratic twists on the classic still life.


ALISON JACKSON
October 21-December 4
Julie Saul Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, 212.627.2410

This British artist created a sensation in the U.K. with her paparazzi-style staged photos of look-alike royals and celebrities in tabloid situations (e.g., Diana, Dodi, and love child). For her American debut, Jackson takes on the Bush White House in what's sure to be a provocative show.


JOEL-PETER WITKIN
November 4-December 31
Ricco/Maresca Gallery,529 West 20th Street, 212.627.4819

The modern master of the grotesque shows both hand-colored and black-and-white images that, typically, involve deformity, death, sex, and a slew of knowing art-historical references.


JOEL MEYEROWITZ
November 5-January 8
Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, 120 Eleventh Avenue, 212.414.2770

As part of the ongoing rediscovery and appreciation of color work from the '70s, Meyerowitz, a key pioneer in the field, shows photos from that period, most of them vintage and nearly all previously unseen. A bonus: black-and-white images from the same period.


'I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU: PHOTOGRAPHS OF MARILYN MONROE'
November 12–March 20
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 718.638.5000

Pictures from the collection of Leon and Michaela Constantiner record the rapt, relentless construction of a legend. Among the iconographers: Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Eve Arnold, Weegee, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Bert Stern, whose famous "Last Sitting" series is here.


JOAN FONTCUBERTA
November 16-January 8
Zabriskie Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 212.752.1223

The tireless trickster's latest series began with deliberately misassembled jet-plane model kits. The resulting sci-fi jumbles—more sculpture than aircraft—are photographed in imaginary flight high above the equally imaginary Earth.


ANDERS PEDERSEN
November 25-December 31
Marvelli Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, 212.627.3363

Working in a raw, intimate style that suggests a meeting of Ed van der Elsken and Larry Clark, this important Swedish photographer (making his American debut here) focuses on society's outsiders, including the denizens of a Hamburg dive he haunted in the '60s.


ROSWELL ANGIER
December 2-January 29
Gitterman Gallery, 170 East 75th Street, 212.714.0868

A photographer with a cult following shows gritty pictures taken in the strip clubs and burlesque houses of Boston's Combat Zone in the '70s, along with subsequent work made in the Native American communities of towns along the Mexican border.


NORMAN PARKINSON
December 9-January 29
Staley-Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway, 212.966.6223

A retrospective of work made between 1935 and 1990 by this great British fashion photographer, whose remarkably energetic and entertaining output was stopped only by his death.

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