The Summer 2017 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.

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


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. Featuring approximately 50 works MFA’s holdings by each artist.

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 his paintings and prints offer stylized depictions of African American women as symbols of strength.

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985


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.

Chicago, 2015


Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

Guggenheim Museum
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. Visionaries features 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.

William H.-Bell
Cañon of Kanab Wash Colorado River Looking South 1872

George Condo: The Way I Think

The Philips Collection
Through June 25, 2017

A survey of drawings and paintings by George Condo (b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire), a prolific painter whose career spans three decades and is best known for his rich pictorial inventions, existential humor, and imaginative portraits that incorporate a hybridization of art-historical influences, such as Goya, Velázquez, Manet. This exhibition of approximately 200 drawings and sketches will allow visitors unprecedented insight into the mind and creative process of this extraordinarily imaginative artist.

Untitled, 2003

Front Room: Adam Pendleton

Baltimore Museum of Art
Through October 1, 2017

Adam Pendleton is artist whose work explores the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity. The animating force of his work is found in Black Dada—the artist’s term for a broad conceptualization of blackness. Working in various mediums including painting, collage, video, Pendleton disrupts and reconsiders preconceived notions of history and culture.

A Victim of American Democracy IV (wall work), 2016

20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art

20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art
July 22  – December 31, 2017

The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Studio Museum present a group exhibition with works by 40 artists, 20 from each each of the collections. Responding to a tumultuous and deeply divided moment in our nation’s history, the curators have mined these collections to offer a metaphoric picture of America today. Spanning nearly 100 years—20/20 provides a critical opportunity to prompt conversations about the necessity of art during times of social and political transformation.

Kerry James Marshall, “Untitled”, (2016)

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For a Cipher

New Museum – New York, NY
Through September 3, 2017

Yiadom-Boakye’s lush oil paintings embrace many of the conventions of historical European portraiture, but expand on that tradition by engaging fictional subjects who often serve as protagonists of the artist’s short stories as well. These imagined figures are almost always black, an attribute Yiadom-Boakye sees as both political and autobiographical, given her own West African heritage. Often immersed in indistinct, monochrome settings, her elegant characters come to life through the artist’s bold brushwork, appearing both cavalier and nonchalant, quotidian and otherworldly.

Vigil For A Horseman, 2017

Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement

The Detroit Institute of Arts
July 23 – October 22, 2017

Explore powerful artworks by African American artists who formed collectives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. These collectives, made up of artists working together in distinct groups, created art specifically for African American audiences that asserted black identity and racial justice.  This exhibition includes 34 paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs produced by artists who address social and political issues surrounding the Civil Rights Movement that continues today.

Hale Woodruff: Ancestral Memory, 1966

Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

Art Institute of Chicago

June 25, 2017– September 10, 2017

Best known for his paintings of women in idyllic Tahitian settings, Paul Gauguin was an artist whose career spanned the globe and whose works defy categorization. This exhibition—organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais—is the most in-depth examination to date of his radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator. Utilizing new research into his working processes, the exhibition sheds light on Gauguin’s identity as an artist-artisan, looking at moments when he stood at an artistic crossroads and found new direction by exploring unconventional media and methods.

Self Portrait With The Yellow Christ, 1889

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Brooklyn Museum
Through July 23, 2017

The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe by focusing on her style, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. It confirms and explores her determination to be in charge of how the world understood her identity and artistic values. In addition to selected paintings and items of clothing, the exhibition presents photographs of O’Keeffe and her homes by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Philippe Halsman, Yousuf Karsh, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, Todd Webb, and others.

Georgia O’Keefe, Abiquiu, New Mexico – Photo:  Bruce Webber

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