piece of my art: The art stars are shining brightly in New York this fall, showing work that, while rigorous, is still a lot of fun. Takashi Murakami brightens up Rockefeller Center. Richard Prince hangs his naughty nurse paintings at Barbara Gladstone. Fashion’s own Juergen Teller flaunts not only his raw-edged talent, but some racy self-portraits at Lehmann Maupin, while Richard duPont and Hope Atherton join a group show at Space 101 in Brooklyn.

“I’ve made a concerted effort to indulge,” says Greg Bogin, whose bold, colorful paintings grace the walls of the Mary Boone Gallery. “In spite of the world crumbling, the paintings are less abrasive. I wanted to surround myself with beauty.”

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Though he hadn’t planned to follow the fashion circuit, Bogin’s beauties will travel to Milan’s Galleria Cardi and Co. in early October.

“I was honestly hoping to follow the procycling tour,” he jokes. “But I definitely read fashion magazines and keep an eye on the colors designers are using.”

Meanwhile, Gavin Brown moves his avant-garde gallery into the West Village, opening GBE (Modern) on Sept. 20, the same day gallery owner Yvon Lambert comes to town. Lambert, who has made his mark on the Parisian art scene over the last three decades exhibiting artists like Christian Boltanski and Nan Goldin in his 10,000-square-foot space in the Marais, will stake his claim in West Chelsea.

“With the economy like it is, it might not seem like the right moment,” Lambert says. “But it’s always the moment when you have something to say.” Lambert will open the space with an installation by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales.

“In New York, I’ll only exhibit artists who’ve never shown in the U.S.,” Lambert says. “The whole idea is to make it a place of discovery, where people can come and see something that they’ve never seen.

“New York’s the brilliant center of the art world,” Lambert adds. “You’ve got to be there. But there are plenty of interesting artists who haven’t had their proper showing yet.”

Barbara Gladstone Gallery:
515 West 24th Street, 212-206-9300.

GBE (Modern):
620 Greenwich Street, 212-627-5258.

Gagosian Gallery:
555 West 24th Street, 212-741-1111.

Lehmann Maupin:
540 West 26th Street, 212-255-2923.

Mary Boone Gallery:</b
745 Fifth Avenue, 212-752-2929.

Space 101:
101 North Third Street, Brooklyn,

Yvon Lambert:
564 West 25th Street, 212-242-3611.

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