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SITE SPECIFIC This fall, Max Levai launches Marlborough Broome Street. Here, he shares what else he's up to this season. 2 David Kissinger Jacuzzi, 2011, by Mike Bouchet Max and Pierre Levai (seen through a sculpture by Beverly Pepper) on the terrace of Marlborough Gallery Max Levai carries the burden of a very famous name well. Now 25, he's the son of Pierre Levai, who has been the head of the Marlborough gallery, a leading secondary market dealer, since the 1970s. This September, the younger Levai launched an offshoot of Marlborough Chelsea— which he also directs—as a project and exhibition space called Marlborough Broome Street. The inaugural exhibition (through October 6) "Pizza Time!" featured artists Andrew Kuo and Nate Lowman alongside John Baldessari and Willem de Kooning and 20 others, each riffing on the show's title. On view through November 9 at the main Chelsea space, there's "Mike Bouchet: Flood," the artist's first show with the gallery, and his first in New York in more than eight years. Although he has enough going on within his own gallery orbit to keep a full fall schedule, we caught up with Levai to discuss what else is on his agenda this season: "The first show that I am really, really excited for is Isa Genzken at MoMA (November 23 through March 10). I've always been a huge fan of her work. I've seen pieces in museum collections and some 48 CULTURED private collections, but I don't think I've ever seen a large-scale exhibition. And I believe she really deserves this type of mid-career retrospective. She's super-important historically and one of the more important figures of her generation. Another thing I'm looking forward to is the Carnegie International (through March 16). It's an incredible event that happens in Pittsburgh. There's a lot of really interesting people involved and I'll definitely be going there for the opening. And I'm sort of excited to see things that I might not know or people I've heard of but don't know much about. In L.A. I want to check out Forrest Bess at the Hammer Museum (Through January 5). Bess is such a terrific artist and this will be a great opportunity to see a lot of his work in one place. Joanna Malinowska's "A Hawk from a Handsaw" is the first show at the Canada gallery since it reopened (through October 20). They'd been doing some crazy construction over there and had been closed for a while and New York City really missed them. Peter Coffin is curating an exhibition at the David Nolan gallery in Chelsea called "About UFOs." Peter is in the exhibition, along with Steve DiBenedetto, Adam McEwen, Richard Prince and Terry Winters. It's the type of show where you ask yourself, 'How has this not been done before?' But Peter is the perfect person to do it. And I love what David does at the gallery. I think it'll be a really cool show that may fly under the radar, but shouldn't be missed (November 7 through December 21). And, I wasn't going to mention one of my own shows, but I have to. The first show we're opening with at Chelsea in October is for Mike Bouchet. It's an exhibition of cola-chrome paintings, which is made from a diet cola-based acrylic paint. All of the paintings are made from imagery that comes from weird advertising from the '90s and large-scale American consumer branding, like from Burger King and Diet Coke. There's also a series of these Jacuzzis that are real fiberglass Jacuzzis shaped as portraits of different celebrities. And they work! They're these radical floor sculptures of the Olsen twins and Laura Bush. I think the show's going to be absolutely terrific." PORTRAIT BY DANNY GHITIS; © MIKE BOUCHET. COURTESY OF MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA. BY TALI JAFFE R

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