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Frank Gehry, "Gehry Residenct, model," 1977-1978 and 1991-1994, Santa Monica, California
16 1/2 x 72 1/16 x 48 1/16 in. (41 x 183 x 122 cm)
MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna
© 2015 Gehry partners, LLP © Photo 2015 Gerald Zugmann/MAK

The fall season, as it were, is chock full of promising shows beginning with the Frank Gehry retrospective, organized by the Pompidou in Paris, opening at LACMA next week. Though it might seem to be preaching to the converted, there are sure to be insights about the creative trajectory of the most innovative and provocative architect of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger was given privileged access resulting in the first biography of Gehry, published this month by Knopf, with a book signing at LACMA on September 13.

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Installation in The Broad's third floor gallery including works by
Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince and Sherrie Levine
Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Gehry's design for the Disney Concert Hall was a galvanizing force behind the design for the new Broad Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro which opens on September 20 with some of the top works chosen from the billionaire collector's massive personal collection.

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Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, "River of Fundament," 2014
Production still
Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, © Matthew Barney
Photo by Hugo Glendinning 

The Broad is free and open late on several evenings. Don't expect such benefits from MOCA across the street but Matthew Barney: River of Fundament, opening September 13 should be adequate compensation. One of the most influential artists of his generation, this show is anticipated by fans of the genre-busting artist but should be an adventure for anyone while his new but related Water Castings will be on view at Regen Projects.

Now that that is out of way, what about the roads less traveled? A surprising number of galleries seem to be offering shows of historically creditable artists not often seen in Los Angeles.

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Faith Wilding, "excessive wound," 2013
Watercolor and ink, 6 x 4 inches
Photo: Clare Britt

Specifically, it is a fine moment for the Feminists of the 1970's with germinal Faith Wilding's retrospective "Fearful Symmetries," opening September 26 at the Armory Center for the Arts, along with a gallery show at Loudhailer in Culver City.

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Howardena Pindell, "Untitled 6F," 2008-2009
Mixed media on paper collage, 6 x 11 inches
Courtesy the artist and Honor Fraser Gallery

Howardena Pindell, meanwhile, is being featured at Honor Fraser Gallery on September 11, the first one-person exhibition of this important artist on the west coast.

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Jack Goldstein, "Burning Window," 1977/2015
Installation, dimensions variable'
Courtesy of 1301PE

The late Jack Goldstein was a superstar of the 1980's, admired and revered for his early use of photo-derived images in paintings. An exhibition at 1301 PE opening September 9 features his compelling installation "Burning Window" as well as his text pieces, "Aphorisms."

And the widespread interest in abstract painting continues apace: The eccentrically intimate still lives of Giorgio Morandi are being shown with the incomparable white paintings of Robert Ryman in Object/Space at Kohn Gallery opening September 19.

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Yunhee Min, "untitled", 2015
Acrylic on linen, 72" H x 60" W (182.88 cm H x 152.4 cm W)
Photo: Jeff McLane

An LA-based artist similarly concerned with reducing abstract painting to an essence of color and brushwork, James Hayward, is the subject of an exhibition, At Last, at Roberts & Tilton opening September 12. While Yunhee Min's show “movements” with her transcendental washes of color opens September 5 at Suzanne Vielmetter. Hope to see some of you out and about this season.

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