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Thirty Days Hath September...


and over three times as many choices in terms of art shows to enjoy in Brooklyn this month. The Sunset Park neighborhood offers winter season opener, "Dear Knights and Dark Horses", black and white photos by Thomas Roma that play with the various permutations of cavalry, at Tabla Rasa Gallery (opens Sep. 29th). Also at Tabla Rasa Gallery, catch "Wheels Within Wheels", engaging abstract compositions by NYSCA Chairman and artist, Danny Simmons (Simmons is also older brother to both Russell Simmons and 'Run' of Run DMC fame).

A few days earlier and a few blocks north, The Dumbo Arts Festival (dumboartsfestival.com), Sep 24 26th, showcases visual and performing art, street performers, music workshops, dance and even family programming. Highlights include the Sweeney Todd / Scissorhands spectacle of the Steampunk Salon, "All That's Left" by Carol Salmanson, a minimal, luminous homage to Dumbo's architectural past, and "Jane's Carousel", a painstakingly restored 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. Carousel. While in the area, see Greg Miller's polaroids on people watching in public pools at Kris Graves Projects (opens Sep. 2nd), ethereal charcoal drawings by Charlotte Schulz at Smack Mellon (opens Sep. 25th), photographer Phillip Toledano's chiaroscuro portraiture of extreme plastic surgery at Klompching Gallery (opens Sep. 9th) and a book signing at Umbrage Gallery on Sep. 8th (6-8pm) for Mario Tama's "Coming Back : New Orleans Resurgent", a photo show (through Sep. 15th) and publication that looks at New Orleans five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. (The book boasts an introduction by tireless Gulf Area advocate, Anderson Cooper.)

Up in Williamsburg, enjoy the art season kick-off at Causey Contemporary, with "Deep Water", monumental seascapes by Ran Ortner, winner in 2009 of the world's most lucrative art bestowal, the Art Prize. (opens Aug 30th) Stop by Camel Art Space for "Crowd Scene", a group show that examines the various pressures of remaining noteworthy (opens Sep 10th), "Next Stop Atlantic" at The Front Room Gallery (opens Sep 10th), photos by Stephen Mallon that trace the evolution of NYC Subway Cars from transit to tidal reef, and the especially relevant, "What Art Can Do" at Art 101 which examines the work of local artists who also run their own galleries. Artists include The Front Rooms, Kathleen Vance and Daniel Aycock and Todd Rosenbaum of the Hogar Collection (through Oct 17th).

In Bedford Stuyvesant, catch "Paradise Lost", large scale, stencil based work by artists Eelus and C215 (opens Sep. 4th). ISCP in Bushwick offers work on bootlegging and the intentional misappropriation of recognizable art iconography by Stephanie Syjuco, a U.S. participant in their art residency program (opens Sep 21st). In Greenpoint, don't miss the 14 artist inaugural show 'FIT' at the new, Allan Nederpelt Gallery and "Rhyme, Not Reason" at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, a group show curated by Brooklyn Rail Art Editor, John Yau. (both open Sep. 10th)

At B.A.M., be sure to attend the 2010 Next Wave Art Festival, which presents the work of many Brooklyn artists compiled by former New Museum head curator, Dan Cameron (opens Sep 30th) and at the Brooklyn Museum catch "Andy Warhol: the Last Decade" the very first museum survey to focus on the late work of the most important American artist of the 20th Century and "Work of Art: Abdi Farah" the gallery survey prize of Bravo's Television's 'Work of Art' competition reality show.

—Enrico Gomez