From London to Chicago, the fall shows at these museums and galleries offer plenty of ways to get inspired. Each institution was selected exclusively from The List, the destination for all things Surface-approved.
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1. “Fernando and Humberto Campana: Hybridism” at Friedman Benda
The most sculptural work from the São Paulo–based artists to date, “Hybridism” features a collection of weird, wonderful objects—including a siren-shaped sofa upholstered in Amazonian fish hide and a pair of sofas with bases cast from found sticks and tree bark. Friedman Benda, 515 West 26th St., New York, New York 10001, Sept. 7–October 14.
2. “John Chamberlain: Masks” at the Gagosian
Like the crumpled-car-parts sculptures the American artist is known for, the objects on view here celebrate jagged edges and imperfect lines. Gagosian, 980 Madison Ave., New York, New York 10075, Sept. 19–Oct. 28.
3. “Lucas Samaras: New York City, No-Name, Re-Do, Seductions” at Pace Gallery
More than 185 photographs are spread out over seven rooms in the artist’s 35th exhibition with the New York gallery. The work on view have been manipulated with digital tools to create otherworldly effects on pictures of city streets, flea markets, animals, and portraits of the artist. Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th St., New York, New York 10001, Sept. 15–Oct. 21.
4. “In the Forest” at the Graham Foundation
Coinciding with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, David Hartt’s multifaceted installation explores the connection between ideology, architecture, and the environment by revisiting Moshe Sadie’s unfinished 1968 Habitat Puerto Rico project: a prefab concrete structure that was intended to provide some 800 low-cost housing units for the city. Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 Burton Place, Chicago, Illinois 60610, Sept. 14–Jan. 6, 2018.
5. “Time Spy” at Sean Kelly Gallery
New works by China’s rising talent Sun Xun comprise this striking show, which includes the artist’s 2016 animated film Time Spy and a selection of woodcuts used to create it. Sean Kelly, 475 10th Ave, New York, New York 10018, Sept. 8–Oct. 21.
6. “Wade Guyton: Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged” at the Serpentine Galleries
Using iPhones, cameras, computers, and Epson printers, the American artist creates striking works on paper and linen. The work on view, all made within the last two years, embraces the glitches and inconsistencies made by Guyton’s tools, resulting in beautifully distorted visuals. Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, Sept.–Feb. 4, 2018.