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Summer Guide to Art Galleries and Museums
Planning your summer vacation? Be sure to include some of these must-see exhibits in your itinerary.
Travel experts say chances are your summer plans will include one of the following popular American holiday destinations. And the experts at Art.com have created a Museum Summer Exhibit Guide to accompany these holiday hotspots.
But you probably don’t need experts to tell you about the hassle of lugging home art or the headache of determining framing preferences while on vacation. Not to worry. Enjoy the exhibits burden-free, then order the art you fell in love with from Art.com.
MoMA (212) 708-9400
Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon at 100
Demoiselles d'Avignon celebrates its one-hundredth anniversary, and MoMA is commemorating the occasion with an exhibition of the genesis of this important work. Included are “preparatory studies for the overall composition and for the individual figures,” as well as other works done immediately prior and subsequent to Demoiselles d'Avignon, to illustrate its influence on Picasso’s career. Runs through August 27, 2007.
Guggenheim Museum (212) 423-3500
Divisionism/Neo-Impressionism: Arcadia and Anarchy
According to Vivien Greene, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim, Italian Divisionists were “so called for the painting technique they employed, namely the ‘division’ of color via individualized brushstrokes.” Artists on display include Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo and Giovanni Segantini, as well as Angelo Morbelli, Vittore Grubicy De Dragon, and Gaetano Previati. Influenced by other Pointillists/Neo-Impressionists, such as Frenchmen Georges Seurat, Henri-Edmond Cross, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Signac, these artists’ works reflected both the era (advent of industrialization and resulting social upheaval), as well as an escape from it—hence the title of the exhibit.Runs through August 6, 2007.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (585) 271-3361
Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius On tour around the world, this collection of 150 photographs is back home in Rochester, NY, for the summer. Popular at every stop along the tour, the exposition is the largest Ansel Adams exhibit in sixty years and is a true reflection of the photographer’s career. Runs through September 3.
Getty Museum (310) 440-7300
Edward Weston: Enduring Vision
An installation of another great American photographer’s work will be on exhibit starting July 31, 2007. The museum’s collection of Edward Weston’s work comprises a major body of his work and spans forty years. Runs through November 25, 2007.
San Francisco Museum of Moderm Art SFMOMA (415) 357-4000
Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection
The exhibition represents 20th century artists from various movements from Fauvism to Pop Art. Artists featured include Frida Kahlo, René Magritte, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera, Mark Rothko. The exhibition is part of the ongoing installation Structuring the Spiritual: Paul Klee's Cubism in Context. Ongoing
National Gallery of Art
States and Variations: Prints by Jasper Johns
American abstract impressionist Jasper Johns is on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. By 2008, the gallery will have acquired about 1,700 of his proofs. This will make the gallery the largest repository of Johns’s work. Eight of the new acquisitions make up part of the current exhibit. Runs through October 28, 2007.
Art Institute of Chicago (312) 443-3600 Japonisme: The Impact of Japanese Prints in 19th Century Europe According to the Art Institute, the presentation shows “the impact of Japanese prints on avant-garde artists in Europe.” Works by Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and James McNeill Whistler will be compared with Japanese prints including works by Utamaro, Hiroshige, and Hokusai. Runs through October 1, 2007
Museum of Fine Art Edward Hopper Featuring Edward Hopper’s classic images from about early- to mid-twentieth century, the collection comprises more than 90 of his works including Nighthawks and Lighthouse and Buildings. Runs through August 19, 2007.
Philadelphia Museum Of Art
William H. Johnson's World on Paper
Modernist William H. Johnson’s work spans his career in the United States and overseas, and comprises various subjects including landscapes of Norway and North Africa, as well as black World War II soldiers and daily life of the urban North and rural South. Runs through August 12, 2007.
Pop Art and Its Affinities
Works by artists who made important strides in the Pop Art movement are on display, including Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Josef Albers. Starts July 29 and runs through September 30, 2007.