Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Upcoming visit to NYC

Planning my art itinerary right now for an upcoming holiday in New York. Might as well share it with you as I navigate through the various websites.

I'm really excited to see the one-woman show for Elizabeth Catlett at the gallery Burning in Water. I posted here about this artist when I saw her linoprints at the Whitney last summer. I was alerted to this show by the listing in The New Yorker. The reviewer wrote, in part,
"Think of this superb, small selection as an amuse-bouche for the major museum retrospective that, as the art world belatedly catches up to overlooked brilliant women, is all but inevitable."
I should also be able to take in the exhibition at the Met Breuer on Edvard Munch.

"This exhibition features 43 of the artist's landmark compositions created over a span of six decades, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States. More than half of the works on view were part of Munch's personal collection and remained with him throughout his life."

At the Met Fifth Avenue is a show of David Hockney. I am not really familiar with his work but this show will serve as a good introduction. This two-minute video gives us a taste.

And of course, while at the Met, I must see what the New York Times has called "the must-see show of the season... an art historical tour-de-force."

On display are 133 of Michaelangelo's drawings, three marble sculptures, his earliest painting, and a wood architectural model of a chapel vault. The exhibition draws on works from 50 public and private collections in Europe and the United States.

Visiting the Guggenheim New York is often a mixed pleasure. It seems almost every time we go, a good part of the museum is closed to the public. To compensate for this, the admission fee is reduced.  And it has happened that the museum itself doesn't open until 45 minutes after the posted opening time, with no explanation given to the unhappy crowd gathered outside. It might be worth the visit just to see the show "Josef Albers in Mexico".

At the Jewish Museum, I hope to see Modigliani Unmasked, a show comprised of 150 drawings, paintings and sculptures.

Jeanne H├ębuterne with Yellow Sweater, Amadeo Modigliani, 1918-19

I remember seeing Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party when it toured Montreal almost 40 years ago. It found a permanent home at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2007 and is now the focus of a special show, Roots of the Dinner Party: History in the Making.

Exceptionally, there is nothing much of interest to me at the Whitney, the Neue Galerie, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Frick, the American Folk Art Museum, or MOMA. It seems to be a time when many temporary exhibits are closing, post-holiday-season, with the new shows yet to be installed. In fact, a few of the shows detailed above will have closed within days of my visit. But there is always serendipity to add a pleasant surprise or two to the mix!


jordi said...

If you are going to go to the Met, you must indeed see the Hockney ... especially if this is your introduction to him.. he is not to be missed.. but while you are there you also must see.. Joseph Cornell boxes in honor of Juan Gris. I know everyone thinks Cornell is a bit twee... but those are mostly people who have not seen the boxes anywhere but in the pages of a book. See them in real life and it is a very different and astounding experience... don't miss that one.

Heather Dubreuil said...

Your enthusiasm has nudged Cornell into the must-see column, Jordi.