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From Van Gogh to the Obama Portraits, the Best Art Exhibitions to See This Fall

Making up for lost time, this season features a veritable eruption of must-see new exhibitions, surveys and more.

Black Portraits Exhibition at LACMA Courtesy of the artist/Victoria Miro/David Zwirner/Photo: Joshua White Photography

Pictured above: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, I Still Face You, 2015, acrylic, color pencils, charcoal, oil, and transfers on paper

After a year and a half of stops and starts, the art world feels like a dam about to burst, flooding us with a wave of exhibitions that will keep us exploring museums all season long. New York City alone will have the latest incarnation of MoMA PS1’s signature survey Greater New York, the New Museum’s Triennial and the Performa Biennial festival of performance art, all on view simultaneously. The ninth edition of Performa, which begins October 12 and runs through Halloween, will be held entirely outdoors, with some artists also broadcasting their projects.

And on the West Coast, a major San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition devoted to the late abstract painter Joan Mitchell and a Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art survey of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, known for her captivating videos, are already drawing visitors. These other shows, from coast to coast, are also sure to be standouts.

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