New York’s fall art season is well underway and in an unusual turn five major museums are presenting a wide range of exhibitions from a retrospective, survey, reexamination or reinterpretation of iconic and groundbreaking artists whose style and vision helped define a cultural movement in the 20th century. Plus, a look at old master drawings shown for the first time in New York is a reminder that artistic inspiration transcends the boundaries of time.
Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) Self-Portrait
More than any other artist of the 1960s Pop Art era, Andy Warhol’s omnipresence on the contemporary art scene even long after his death twenty-five years ago at 59, has had a broad influence on prominent artists and gained him instant recognition to an ever-expanding museum-going public. Now a major exhibition displaying 45 prime examples of Warhol’s art paired with 100 works by 60 artists examines how the likes of Julian Schnabel, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, and Gerhard Richter, reacted, reinterpreted or responded to his celebrity and commercially inspired work. Organized by theme into five sections provides visitors insight into the dialogue between artist and art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 212-535-7710. Through December 31, 2012
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) Self-Portrait
1967 Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm) Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Picasso Black and White
Reclining Woman Reading (Femme couchée lisant), 1960
Oil on canvas 130.2 x 196.2 cm
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase, The Benjamin J. Tillar Memorial Trust
© 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo: Tom Jenkins
Is there anything left to be said or analyzed about Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) genius, an artist whose prolific career and artistic contributions to the 20th century brought him universal recognition? The Guggenheim Museum thought so in mounting an unprecedented exhibition exploring Picasso’s black and white palette, a particular focus of the artist that correlates to his interest in line and form, drawing, monochromatic and tonal values. On view are 118 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1904-1971. Many are familiar, but 38 represent premieres of never before seen artwork in North America. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 212-423-3500. Through January 23, 2012.
Mangenta to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
A Wise Virgin, 1493
Pen and brown ink on paper
11.4 x 7.9 inches
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
If The Courtauld Gallery has not been on your agenda when visiting London, here is a perfect opportunity for a first look at a renowned British collection on loan of master drawings from Europe’s towering artistic figures between the late Middle Ages and early twentieth century. Among them are Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt Ribera, Goya, Turner, and DaVinci. On the ground floor of the Frick, a small gallery, The Cabinet, displays several gems from a later period including Cezanne’s “Apples, Bottle, and Chairback” (1904-6), Toulouse- Lautrec’s “In Bed” (1896), Van Gogh’s “A Tile Factory” (1888), and Matisse’s “Seated Woman” (1919), a feast for the art connoisseur. The Frick Collection, 212-288-0700. Through January 27, 2013.
Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972
Alina Szapocznikow (Polish,1926-1973). Petit Dessert I (Small Dessert I), 1970–71.
Colored polyester resin and glass, 3 3/16 x 4 5/16 x 5 1/8 (8 x 11 x 13 cm). Kravis Collection. © The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow/Piotr Stanis?awski/ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Thomas Mueller, courtesy Broadway 1602, New York, and Galerie Gisela Capitain GmbH, Cologne.
The first large-scale survey of one of Poland’s most lauded and highly influential postwar artists, Alina Spzapocznikow (1946-1973) was at the forefront of reconceptualizing sculpture during a transformative period in 20th century art. Experimenting with non-traditional materials and forms such as polyurethane foam to recast her body parts which she then elaborately constructed into fragmented sculptures reflect her experience as a Holocaust survivor and a woman living with the ravishing effects of debilitating and terminal illnesses. Over 100 artworks ranging from sculpture, photography, drawings, and documentary film, offer an interesting perceptive of a radical innovator whose oeuvre is less known internationally. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 212 708 9499. Through January 28, 2013
Richard Artschwager! A Retrospective
Description of Table, 1964
Melamine laminate on plywood
26 1/8 x 31 7/8 x 31 7/8 in. (66.4 x 81 x 81 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation, Inc. 66.48
© Richard Artschwager
Photo credit: © 2000 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photograph by Steven Sloman
The last time the Whitney showcased Richard Artschwager’s work was in a 1988 exhibition survey making this forthcoming retrospective an exciting moment to revisit the work of this hard-to-define painter, illustrator, and sculptor, whose maverick approach crosses boundaries from Pop Art to Conceptual Art to Minimalism. Not confounded by the limits of categorization, perception and illusion are central to a viewer’s appreciation of Artscwager’s art. In conjunction with the uptown exhibition, the Whitney and High Line Art are presenting the artist’s “blps,” (commonly known as markers), placed at various locations to draw attention to structures, architecture, or surfaces that often go unnoticed. Whitney Museum of American Art, 212-570-3600. Opens October 25, 2012 through February 3, 2013.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
The Maids of Honor (Las Meninas, after Velázquez), La Californie, August 17, 1957
Oil on canvas
76 3/8 x 102 3/8 inches (194 x 260 cm)
frame: 81 7/8 x 106 5/16 x 4 3/16 inches (208 x 270