Must-See Art Events and Exhibitions in September

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As August comes to a close this week, we’re gearing up for all of the exciting and new art events, exhibitions, and installations that are happening next month. From the world’s largest public art fair and a solo show from one of New York City’s most unique artists to the fifth edition of Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation African Diasporic dance event, here are some awesome events to add to your list:

William Nelson: Love & Science

Running from September 7-30, Cavalier Gallery will present William Nelson: Love & Science, featuring new and iconic works from acclaimed artist William Nelson.

Nelson is known for paintings that revel in contradictions, offering viewers and collectors a powerful dose of serious fun. By assembling unlikely pairs, or groups of figures – such as Hollywood film icons and nostalgic comic book environments –he creates a unique piece of artwork containing what would not normally be considered in the same frame.

Love & Science will open at Cavalier Gallery, 530 W 24th Street, New York, NY on Thursday, September 7 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will run through September 30. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation Presents Art Is Alive

Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization which has been offering youth ages 3-18 an opportunity to learn, study and experience the history, movement and beauty of African Diasporic dance, music and culture at its highest level, is proud to present its fifth Annual edition of Art Is Alive, on Saturday, September 16, 2023, and is free to the public.

The festival is making its return after a two-year hiatus resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s event has expanded to include artmaking, artist development workshops, and performances. It will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213. Art Is Alive is a public event and welcomes attendees of all ages and backgrounds. New York City locals and visitors interested in attending either the workshops or classes need to register to attend and can do so by clicking here.

Host: Marlon Rice

Executive Producer: K. Osei Williams

Major Sponsors and Partners of Art Is Alive 2023: TD Bank, Con Ed, Howard Gilman Foundation, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn Borough President, New York City Councilmember Chi Osse

Cube Art Fair

Running from September 6-10, 2023, Cube Art Fair, the World’s Largest Public Art Fair, is back with its iconic public art fair, featuring, for the first time, AI artwork in Times Square.

Launched in 2016 with previous in-person shows in Brussels and New York City, Cube Art Fair introduced their Public Art Fair – an immersive digital experience on the streets of cities – during the pandemic in 2020, in order to enable the creativity of its artists to be featured despite the widespread interruption in the art fair schedule. What initially started as a solution, now become an exciting fixture in the art fair circuits.

Once again, for its 10th edition, the fair takes an innovative turn, this time by introducing the first-ever Art Fair dedicated to AI. “Cube Art Fair is a platform to showcase artists’ creativity in bold and impactful ways” said Gregoire Vogelsang, founder of Cube Art Fair.” In this edition, we celebrate the fusion of art and technology, challenging preconceptions and encouraging discourse that shapes the future of art”.  

The center stage of the fair will take place in Times Square, where a range of international artists such as Philippe Shangti, Noir Artist, Robert Leone, and Andreas Anastasis will be featured among others on a giant 15,000 sq/ft billboard.

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