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Hop toward debut the newest exhibitions around the country. The Spring/Summer ’17 programs are particularly exciting with exhibits curated from the storied collections of major institutions and collectors rarely seen in public. Old and modern masters; antiquities and photography, ceramics and sculpture; these extraordinary collections will appeal to the connoisseur and the casual visitor. We have highlighted the ten exhibitions that are all the rave. Make sure to see this stunning art this season.
Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980's
Whitney Museum of American Art
Through May 14, 2017
The exhibition includes work by artists often identified with this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel—as well as by several lesser-known painters. These artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, and offered new interpretations of abstraction. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war. In the face of a media-saturated environment, artists in the 1980’s recommitted to painting. Far from dead, painting came to represent an important intersection between new ways of seeing and a seemingly traditional way of making art.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, “LNAPRK”, 1982
Off the Shelf: Modern & Contemporary Artists' Books
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Through June 25, 2017
The BMA presents more than 100 rarely shown artists’ books and related prints by more than 50 renowned artists, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Grace Hartigan, David Hockney, and Ed Ruscha.
An artist’s book—an artwork conceived of and produced in book form—often reflects the collaborative work of visual artists, writers, printers, and publishers and can vary as widely as artworks in other media. The BMA’s rarely shown collection of artists’ books is presented in 12 thematic groupings of works, such as animals, typography, Pablo Picasso, and Wassily Kandinsky.
Grace Hartigan, Salute 1960
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Through May 21, 2017
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 looks at how Cuba’s revolutionary aspirations for social utopia—and subsequent disillusionment—shaped 65 years of Cuban art. The exhibition brings together more than 100 of the most important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers.
Anchored by key moments of 20th- and 21st-century Cuban history, Adiós Utopia is the most comprehensive and significant presentation of modern and contemporary Cuban art shown in the United States since 1944,
Raúl Martínez, Rosas y Estrellas (Roses and Stars), 1972
Museum of Fine Art Boston
Through August 6, 2017
Celebrate the legacies of two contemporary American artists—John Wilson and Eldzier Cortor—each dedicated to an exploration of the African American experience, if from divergent paths and with disparate styles. Featuring approximately 50 works MFA’s significant holdings by each artist.
Roxbury native John Wilson (1922–2015) graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1945, and his subsequent study with the Mexican muralists from 1950 to 1956 stoked a life-long commitment to social justice in his art.
Eldzier Cortor (1916–2015) attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the late ’30’s. Informed by his early exposure to African sculpture at the Field Museum and his study of the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina
John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985
The Contemporary Art Museum St Louis
Through April 16, 2017
Internationally recognized painter and St. Louis native Katherine Bernhardt returns to her hometown to create a new site-specific mural on the Museum’s 60 foot-long Project Wall. Bernhardt’s signature compositions contain a Caribbean color palette and an idiosyncratic personal and political symbology. Her paintings combine such iconography as Windex, Pac-Man heads, and Rubik’s Cubes on single, flat picture planes alongside toucans, toilet paper, and watermelon. Painting with brush or spray can, Bernhardt reinvigorates street-art actions such as “bombing” and “tagging,” collapsing distinctions between the art inside and outside the museum walls.
Lino Tagliapietra: Painting in Glass
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Through July 16, 2017
Best known for his glass vessels, Lino Tagliapietra has also devoted himself to realizing two-dimensional glass works that match the scale and complexity of paintings. While these large-scale abstract panels may initially be read as paintings on canvas, closer inspection reveals they have been made of kiln-fused glass that captures and transmits light. This exhibition highlights five vibrant works from his panel series, the culmination of a lifetime spent learning how the union of glass and heat unleashes a rare, transformative power.
David Reed: Vice and Reflection – An Old Painting, New Paintings and Animations
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Through May 21, 2017
David Reed: Vice and Reflection – An Old Painting, New Paintings and Animations. The New York-based artist’s paintings feature large brushstrokes and diverse paint placements in vibrant color configurations. His gestural marks are often shown partially fragmented, as if the brushstrokes are elements of collage that have been cut and placed in disjunctive ways. Reed has experimented with methods of painterly abstraction for more than five decades, pushing and expanding material limits, forms, and references. Since the 1970s, his works have drawn upon and critiqued the legacies of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Conceptual art.
David Reed, Color Study #39, 2016
Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim
Through September 6, 2017
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the institution will display in the rotunda over 170 modern works from the permanent collections held in New York and Venice. Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim will explore not only avant-garde innovations from the late 19th through mid-20th centuries, but also the radical activities of six patrons who brought to light some of the most significant artists of their day. Assembled against the backdrop of economic crisis and war in the 1930’s and 1940’s, Guggenheim’s unparalleled modern holdings formed the basis of his foundation, established in 1937 for the public good. Visionaries will feature works by such iconic artists as Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent van Gogh, in addition to treasures by artists less well known today.
Cañon of Kanab Wash Colorado River Looking South 1872
Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Through May 7, 2017
Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera were contemporaries, erstwhile competitors, equally ambitious and prolific as artists, internationally famous, and well aware of their larger-than-life personalities. Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time presents moments of intersection in the formation of modernism both in Europe and Latin America, and asks how these towering figures of the twentieth century engaged with their respective ancient Mediterranean and Pre-Columbian worlds. The exhibition compares their artistic trajectories beginning with their similar academic training to their shared investment in Cubism and their return to an engagement with antiquity from the 1920’s through the 1950’s.
Pablo Picasso, Man with a Pipe, 1915
Diego Rivera, Sailor at Lunch, 1914