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Brilliant Things To Do in September

Each month, AnOther's editors give their recommendations for the coming month

'La fille en plâtre' in Dior Couture 2007 (2009)
'La fille en plâtre' in Dior Couture 2007 (2009) Photography by Cathleen Naundorf. Courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery London

The AnOther team compile their top things to see and do this September

Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf – from September 4
Following the sell-out success of her archival publication, Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf, the eponymous artist's work is set to go on display 'Stateside' this autumn at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles. With an intricate technique that finds harmony between fashion and art, Naundorf captures the exquisite detail of haute couture, featuring mesmerising pieces by some of the world's most celebrated fashion houses: Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Lacroix, Elie Saab, Philip Treacy and Valentino.

Festival No.6 – September 5-7 
The long days and warm evenings of the British summertime might be waning, but September’s chill is no match for the festival spirit. Introducing Festival No.6, a multi-award winning event, ‘unlike any other, in a place like no other’. Set over three days against the picturesque backdrop of Portmeirion, Wales, Festival No.6 amalgamates music, arts and culture, with a line-up that includes London Grammar, Beck, Pet Shop Boys, Bonobo, Tom Odell and Kelis. From an annual carnival to a resident choir, Festival No.6 is the perfect way to kick those post-summer blues.

"From an annual carnival to a resident choir, Festival No.6 is the perfect way to kick those post-summer blues"

Second Floor: The Private Apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel – September 12-22
In a series of 34 meticulous photographs, Sam Taylor-Johnson offers an intimate insight into the life of fashion’s most notorious woman, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. From the satin bergère on which Horst captured Coco in 1937, to the iconic sweeping deco-staircase, this autumn the illustrious world of Chanel is brought to life at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Accompanying the exhibition, a book entitled ‘Second Floor’ will be available to purchase, as well as a limited edition box set of ten artist-prints.

David Lynch with film reels, ca. 1966-70
David Lynch with film reels, ca. 1966-70 Photography by C.K. Williams
David Lynch: The Unified Field – from September 13
Despite achieving international acclaim for his directorial roles, David Lynch has remained consistently devoted to his studio practice as a visual artist – amalgamating the genres of static painting and sculpture, with kinetic elements of sound and film. 'The Unified Field' at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts marks Lynch's first major retrospective in the United States, exhibiting a selection of approximately 90 paintings and drawings from his earliest work in 1965, to the present day.

RITE OF PASSAGE: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960-1966 – from September 9
Showcasing the early works of four seminal patriots of Viennese Actionism – Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler –Hauser & Wirth presents New York’s first major exhibition devoted to the notorious, abject art movement. Despite the aesthetic disparity between works, each artist’s series is united in their unanimous motivation to radicalise the process, materials and very conventions associated with a traditional artistic practice.

David Farrell – September 1-20
Credited with capturing the seminal creative figures of 20th century stage, music, film and literature, following his death last year British photographer David Farrell is to be commemorated with a major retrospective at Osborne Samuel. With subjects that included the Rolling Stones, Louis Armstrong and Laurence Olivier, in his life Farrell came to be recognised as the man who could capture poignant, candid moments of the most famous peole in the world. The exhibition celebrates Farrell’s remarkable legacy, with an archive that spans a five-decade career.

"The hairstyles are never exactly the same; each one has its own beauty" – J.D Okhai Ojeikere

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles and Headdresses – from September 27
Generally touted as the greatest African photographer of the 20th Century, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere garnered international acclaim through his forty-year 'Hairstyle' series, in which he sought to not only document, but preserve the heritage of Nigerian culture. Taking up residence in New Art Exchange, Nottingham, the exhibition offers a unique and celebratory examination into the diversity of West-African tradition, as Ojeikere stated, "The hairstyles are never exactly the same; each one has its own beauty."

Materialaktion Fleischer Köche Regenschirm und Arsch aus Aluminium  (Material Action Butcher Chefs Umbrella and Ass out of Aluminum) from  Material Action no. 16/17, 1965
Materialaktion Fleischer Köche Regenschirm und Arsch aus Aluminium (Material Action Butcher Chefs Umbrella and Ass out of Aluminum) from Material Action no. 16/17, 1965 © Otto Muehl, ARS, NY. Courtesy of Collection Hummel, Vienna
The Nakeds – from September 25
In an exploration of the vulnerable intimacy of the naked form, London’s Drawing Room presents ‘The Nakeds’ – debating the ways that artists use the body exposed to represent guarded, personal emotions. Using the controversial work of Austrian artist, Egon Schiele, as its starting point, the exhibition contests the ambiguous terrain between pornography and the artistic nude, and features supporting works by Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin among others.

Unseen Photo Fair 2014 – September 18-21
Amsterdam's annual celebration of new photographic works returns to Westergasfabriek this September. Promoting upcoming photographic talent, as well as never-before-seen pieces by established artists, the Unseen Photo Fair introduces the pivotal developments in photography to a discerning, contemporary audience. New to the schedule this year are 'Premieres', a series of works that have never previously featured in a gallery, an institution, or online.

David Bowie in promotional shoot for Diamond Dogs (1974)
David Bowie in promotional shoot for Diamond Dogs (1974) Photography by Terry O'Neill. Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago
David Bowie is – from September 23
Chronicling the hyperbole-defying career of David Bowie – from his unique approach to producing albums, to his perpetual influence on creative direction and popular culture – 'David Bowie is' will be on view this autumn at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Originally displayed at the V&A in London, this will be the sole American venue for this groundbreaking retrospective, which considers the peerless prowess of the world's most iconic performer.

Jim Dine: A History of Communism & Jim Dine: Printmaker – from September 10
For one month this September, the Alan Cristea Gallery in London will be dedicated solely to the seminal American artist, Jim Dine. The first gallery space contains anonymous prints on lithographic stones, salvaged by Dine from a former socialist art academy in the German Democratic Republic. This theme continues into the second space, which features a selection of new and classic prints by the artist – documenting the story of his five-decade career as a printmaker.

Compiled by Abigail Gurney-Read

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