Where to Go and What to Read for Your Fall Design Fix

Under the Surface

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Photograph courtesy of Chase Young Gallery and the Artist

Bernd Haussmann’s love affair with layers takes center stage at the Chase Young Gallery this September. The German artist applies paint on top of paint and other mixed media, then scratches through the strata to expose the complexity of what can be seen—and what remains hidden.

9/1–9/30, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-859-7222, chaseyounggallery.com.

Silver Screens

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Photograph courtesy of DTR Modern Galleries and the Artist

If movies are the youngest art form, visual art is perhaps one of the oldest. Featuring work
by Andy Warhol, Dale May (pictured), and Robert Mars, DTR Modern Galleries’ upcoming exhibition “The Art of Cinema” will explore what happens when the two media collide.

9/1–10/31, 167 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-9700, dtrmodern.com.

Fantastic Flowers

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Photograph courtesy of Rizzoli

Jeff Leatham, the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, in Paris, has designed floral arrangements for the likes of Alexander Wang, Oprah, Hermès, and Givenchy. His new book, Visionary Floral Art and Design, displays his organic extravaganzas—and the processes behind them.

Out 10/14, Rizzoli, $55.

Waiting Room

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Photograph courtesy of the Arden Gallery and the Artist

With his hyperreal oil paintings of reception areas and diner counters, self-taught California artist Matt Condron evokes a feeling of suspended animation. He depicts places that the viewer has likely never been, but which seem entirely familiar. See his stunning works on display at the Arden Gallery this fall.

11/4–11/29, 129 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-0610, ardengallery.com.

All That Glitters

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Photograph courtesy of the Museum of fine Arts and the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

In “Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia,” the Museum of Fine Arts highlights its collection of metalwork masterpieces from the region now known as Sudan. Plundered from Africa in the early 1900s, these exquisite works date from 1700 B.C. to 300 A.D., yet are so finely wrought (like the signet ring pictured at left) that they wouldn’t look out of place at Bulgari.

Runs until 5/14/2017, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.


Chihuly: Volume 2, 1997–Present

This 360-page volume compiled by Donald Kuspit covers the work of the famed glass artist from 1997 to the present.

Out 9/2, Abrams, $75.

Heart and Home: Rooms That Tell Stories

Ever wonder what the homes of top taste- makers look like? Linda O’Keeffe explores the concepts behind the design choices of such luminaries as architect Lee Ledbetter, fashion designer Wolfgang Joop, and interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler.

Out 9/23, Rizzoli, $55.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Daring by Design

This volume by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum director Anne Hawley, Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell, and Alexander Hilton Wood features 170 color photos and architectural renderings of the museum, both past and present—plus journal entries from Mrs. Jack herself.

Out 9/30, Skira, $50.


Through 300 color illustrations and photographs, Vogue Italia writer Renata Molho brings to life the paisley-dedicated fashion house and home-goods emporium originally dreamed up by Gimmo Etro.

Out 11/11, Rizzoli, $85.


Matthew Ritchie: “Remanence”

Ritchie pushes the dimensional boundaries of painting in this mixed-media ICA installation, its name a fusion of the words “memory, remnant, and resonance.”

Runs until 3/31/2015, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.

Eugene LaRochelle

LaRochelle’s silkscreen and digital prints, on display this October at the Kingston Gallery, bridge the gap between compassion and apathy: Each piece reflects an individual’s pain, offered up for the viewer to empathize with—or not.

450 Harrison Ave., ste. 43, Boston, 617-423-4113, kingstongallery.com.

Ben Aronson

Painter Ben Aronson, a Boston University MFA graduate, explores movement through urbanscapes using oil on canvas. He’ll debut new work at the Alpha Gallery this fall in his first solo Boston exhibit since 2009.

11/1–11/30, 37 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-4465, alphagallery.com