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Jordan Wolfson, Female Figure, 2014 © Jordan Wolfson. Photo: Markus Tretter, Kunsthaus Bregenz

Opening this Week

Transformers
Meisterwerke Der Sammlung Frieder Burda Im Dialog Mit Künstlichen Wesen

December 10, 2022–April 30, 2023
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
www.museum-frieder-burda.de

This exhibition, whose subtitle translates to Masterpieces of the Frieder Burda Collection in Dialogue with Artificial Beings, offers visitors the opportunity to meet artist-made avatars—human machines that are able to move, talk, and learn—and observe the richness of their movements, language, and responses. By juxtaposing these beings with key works from the museum’s collection, Transformers aims to create multidimensional experiences that reflect our increasingly artificially transformed world. Work by Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, and Jordan Wolfson is included.

Jordan Wolfson, Female Figure, 2014 © Jordan Wolfson. Photo: Markus Tretter, Kunsthaus Bregenz

Deana Lawson, Wanda and Daughters, 2009 © Deana Lawson

Closing this Week

Deana Lawson in
Hold Me Closer

Through December 11, 2022
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
desmoinesartcenter.org

Hold Me Closer showcases prints and photographs from the Des Moines Art Center’s permanent collection and explores the theme of intimacy in its myriad forms, including romantic, platonic, and familial. Coming off the heels of social distancing and isolation, the exhibition addresses different emotional tones associated with close interpersonal contact, including jubilation, bittersweetness, melancholy, and discomfort. Work by Deana Lawson is included.

Deana Lawson, Wanda and Daughters, 2009 © Deana Lawson

Sarah Sze, Tracing Fallen Sky, 2020 (detail) © Sarah Sze. Photo: Thibaul Voisin

Closing this Week

Mondo Reale
23a Esposizione Internazionale

Through December 11, 2022
Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
triennale.org

Mondo Reale—organized by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, as part of the 23rd International Exhibition at the Triennale di Milano—includes films, paintings, photography, installations, and sculptures by seventeen international artists. The exhibition aims to explore reality as a reverie, proposing an aesthetic experience around knowledge and its erasure, and a direct, emotional encounter with multiple visions of the unknown through the lenses of art and science. Work by Patti Smith and Sarah Sze is included.

Sarah Sze, Tracing Fallen Sky, 2020 (detail) © Sarah Sze. Photo: Thibaul Voisin

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1994 © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Just Opened

Helen Frankenthaler
Malerische Konstellationen

Through March 5, 2023
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
www.museum-folkwang.de

This exhibition, whose title translates to Painterly Constellations, is the first monographic show of Helen Frankenthaler’s work in Germany in more than twenty years. It features seventy-five works on paper alongside a selection of paintings from distinct phases in Frankenthaler’s career. These range in size from intimate to monumental; some reference landscape, while others are resolutely abstract. This exhibition has traveled from Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1994 © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses: Hindsight, 2022 (detail) © Rick Lowe Studio

On View

Rick Lowe in
Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis

Through December 17, 2022
Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston
moody.rice.edu

Urban Impressions considers the complexities of the modern metropole through a broad and diverse selection of artists from around the globe. Starting with the question “What makes the metropolis?” the exhibition examines our sensorial and physical engagement with urban landscapes and the experiential impact of the built environment. Ranging from sculpture and painting to video and installation, the works on view question defining features of a city—from population density to sensory overload—and thus foreground the central role that the arts and humanities play in the critical conversation about how urban centers affect the mind and bodies of its inhabitants. Work by Rick Lowe is included.

Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses: Hindsight, 2022 (detail) © Rick Lowe Studio

Chris Burden, The TV Commercials 1973–1977, 1973–77/2000 (still) © 2022 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

On View

Objects of Desire
Photography and the Language of Advertising

Through December 18, 2022
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
www.lacma.org

Objects of Desire traces the artistic manipulation of advertising through the works of photo-based artists. Since the 1970s, creative innovations have led to dramatic shifts in the possibilities for photography as artistic expression, and these artists have reworked and exploited the vocabulary and strategies of advertising to challenge the increased commodification of daily life. Through re-photography, appropriation, and simulation, these artists challenge the viewer to determine what exactly these pictures are asking of us. Work by Chris Burden and Roe Ethridge is included.

Chris Burden, The TV Commercials 1973–1977, 1973–77/2000 (still) © 2022 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Giuseppe Penone creating Le Bois Sacré-Cimes/Clocher (The Sacred Forest—Treetops and Bell Tower) (2022) at Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Marc Chauveau/FLC 2022

On View

Giuseppe Penone à La Tourette

Through December 24, 2022
Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France
www.couventdelatourette.fr

Invited to show at Couvent de La Tourette, the monastery designed by Le Corbusier in Éveux, France, Giuseppe Penone executed in situ a series of rubbings of the building’s walls, creating a group of frottages and a limited-edition book. Included in the exhibition as well are older and recent works that explore a dialogue between architecture and nature.

Giuseppe Penone creating Le Bois Sacré-Cimes/Clocher (The Sacred Forest—Treetops and Bell Tower) (2022) at Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Marc Chauveau/FLC 2022

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jailbirds, 1983 © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

On View

Jean-Michel Basquiat
King Pleasure©

Opening April 9, 2022
Starrett-Lehigh Building, New York
kingpleasure.basquiat.com

Organized and curated by the family of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this exhibition of more than two hundred never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, and artifacts tells Basquiat’s story from an intimate perspective, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences, and the times in which he lived. With an exhibition design by Adjaye Associates, immersive environments showcase Basquiat’s contributions to the history of art and his explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena—including music, pop culture, and the Black experience—providing insight into his creative life and his singular voice.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jailbirds, 1983 © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Pablo Picasso, La fille de l’artiste à deux ans et demi avec un bateau, February 5, 1938 © Succession Picasso 2022

On View

Maya Ruiz-Picasso, fille de Pablo

Through December 31, 2022
Musée national Picasso–Paris
www.museepicassoparis.fr

Pablo Picasso’s first daughter, María de la Concepción, known as Maya, was born on September 5, 1935. As a child she was a constant subject of her father’s drawings and paintings, especially between January 1938 and October 1939, a period in which he painted fourteen portraits of her. This exhibition, curated by Diana Widmaier-Ruiz-Picasso and Emilia Philippot, brings together a significant ensemble of Picasso’s portraits of Maya, reexamining his career through the prism of the close bond between father and daughter, and showing how Maya’s presence nourished and amplified the artist’s fascination with childhood.

Pablo Picasso, La fille de l’artiste à deux ans et demi avec un bateau, February 5, 1938 © Succession Picasso 2022

Taryn Simon, Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine’s Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Budapest Memorandum). Budapest, Hungary, December 5, 1994, from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015 © Taryn Simon

On View

Taryn Simon in
16th Biennale de Lyon: Manifesto of Fragility

Through December 31, 2022
Various locations in Lyon, France
www.labiennaledelyon.com

Manifesto of Fragility, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath for the 16th Biennale de Lyon in France, explores fragility as one of few universally felt truths in our divided world. Ten photographs from Taryn Simon’s series, Paperwork and the Will of Capital (2015), are included in the exhibition, among the work of more than two hundred artists. In the series, Simon addresses the instability of executive decision-making and the precarious nature of survival by examining accords, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics. All involve the countries present at the 1944 United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, which addressed the globalization of economies after World War II.

Taryn Simon, Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine’s Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Budapest Memorandum). Budapest, Hungary, December 5, 1994, from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015 © Taryn Simon

Installation view, The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 28, 2019–May 2022. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Norman Lewis; © 2020 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz

On View

The Whitney’s Collection
Selections from 1900 to 1965

Opened June 28, 2019
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
whitney.org

This exhibition of more than 120 works, drawn entirely from the Whitney’s collection, is inspired by the founding history of the museum. The Whitney was established in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to champion the work of living American artists. A sculptor and a patron, Whitney recognized both the importance of contemporary American art and the need to support the artists who made it. The collection she assembled foregrounds how artists uniquely reveal the complexity and beauty of American life. Work by Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann is included.

Installation view, The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 28, 2019–May 2022. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Norman Lewis; © 2020 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz

Neil Jenney, North America Divided, 2001–06 © Neil Jenney

On View

Neil Jenney in
American Realism Today

Through January 1, 2023
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut
nbmaa.org

American Realism Today, curated by Neil Jenney, celebrates the rich tradition of realist art in America while reflecting the innovative spirit of our contemporary times. Capturing landscapes and scenes of everyday life, the exhibition includes more than fifty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by twenty-one artists working across generations. Work by Jenney is included.

Neil Jenney, North America Divided, 2001–06 © Neil Jenney

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2001, installation view, Bourse de Commerce, Paris © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: © Aurélien Mole

On View

Rudolf Stingel in
Une seconde d’éternité

Through January 2, 2023
Bourse de Commerce, Paris
www.pinaultcollection.com

Une seconde d’éternité brings together twenty artists whose works “generate a space-time.” The installation creates a landscape that enters into dialogue with the architecture, from the darkness of the lower level to the light of the upper galleries. The exhibition is inspired by the oeuvre of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and his work’s openness to tangible emotions and to new forms of connection and aesthetic experiences. Work by Rudolf Stingel is included.

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2001, installation view, Bourse de Commerce, Paris © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: © Aurélien Mole

Installation view, Anselm Kiefer Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce (Andrea Emo), Palazzo Ducale, Venice, March 26–October 29, 2022. Artwork © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Andrea Avezzù

On View

Anselm Kiefer
Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce (Andrea Emo)

Through January 6, 2023
Palazzo Ducale, Venice
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This exhibition of new work by Anselm Kiefer, whose title loosely translates to These writings, when burned, will finally cast a little light, coincides with the 59th Biennale di Venezia and takes its title from the writings of the Venetian philosopher Andrea Emo (1901–1983). Kiefer was invited by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia to present a site-specific installation of paintings that respond to both the Sala dello Scrutinio—one of the most important spaces in the Palazzo Ducale—and the history of Venice.

Installation view, Anselm Kiefer Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce (Andrea Emo), Palazzo Ducale, Venice, March 26–October 29, 2022. Artwork © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Andrea Avezzù

Edmund de Waal, atmosphere, 2014, installation view, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

On View

Edmund de Waal in
Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art

Through January 8, 2023
Hayward Gallery, London
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Strange Clay is the first large-scale group exhibition in the United Kingdom to explore how contemporary artists have used clay in unexpected ways. The artworks, by twenty-three artists working across recent decades, range from small abstract works to large-scale installations, vary in finish and technique, and address topics including architecture, social justice, the body, the domestic, and the organic. Work by Edmund de Waal is included.

Edmund de Waal, atmosphere, 2014, installation view, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view, Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, October 30, 2022–January 8, 2023. Artwork, front to back: © 2022 Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

On View

Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson

Through January 8, 2023
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

This exhibition, whose title translates to Anniversary Exhibition—Special Guest Duane Hanson, features more than one hundred works from the foundation’s collection, from modern to contemporary art, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the institution. Several hyperrealist sculptures by Duane Hanson enrich the presentation, opening up surprising perspectives on the exhibited artworks, architecture, staff, and visitors. Work by Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Alberto Giacometti, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Whiteread is included.

Installation view, Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, October 30, 2022–January 8, 2023. Artwork, front to back: © 2022 Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

On View

Monochrome Multitudes

Through January 8, 2023
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

Revisiting classic modernist ideas about flatness, idealized form, and colors, this exhibition opens up the seemingly reductive format of the monochrome to reveal its global resonance and creative possibilities while working toward a more expansive narrative of twentieth and twenty-first century art. Work by Alexander Calder, Walter De Maria, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Sally Mann, and Richard Serra is included.

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

Andy Warhol, Empire, 1964 (still), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved

On View

New York: 1962–1964

Through January 8, 2023
Jewish Museum, New York
thejewishmuseum.org

The final project conceived and curated by Germano Celant (1940–2020), this exhibition explores a pivotal three-year period in the history of art and culture in New York City, examining how artists living and working in the city responded to their rapidly changing world. The more than 150 artworks on view were all made or seen in New York between 1962 and 1964. Work by Donald Judd, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol is included.

Andy Warhol, Empire, 1964 (still), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved

Cy Twombly, Untitled (North African Sketchbook), 1953 (page II) © Cy Twombly Foundation

On View

Hors-Les-Murs Gribouillage–Scarabocchio
De Léonard de Vinci à Cy Twombly

Through January 15, 2023
Beaux-Arts de Paris
www.beauxartsparis.fr

This exhibition, whose title translates to Outside the Walls Scribbling and Doodling: From Leonardo da Vinci to Cy Twombly, includes nearly three hundred original works from the Renaissance to the present day and aims to shed light on these unconventional and often overlooked aspects of the practice of drawing. By exploring scribbling and doodling, from sketches scribbled on the backs of canvases to expansive doodles conceived as artworks in themselves, the show unveils how these experimental, transgressive, regressive, or liberating mark-making gestures, which appear to flout all laws and conventions, have punctuated the history of artistic creation. This exhibition traveled from the Villa Medici–Académie de France à Rome. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, and Cy Twombly is included.

Cy Twombly, Untitled (North African Sketchbook), 1953 (page II) © Cy Twombly Foundation

Thomas Houseago, Weekend at El Cap, 2022 © Thomas Houseago

On View

Thomas Houseago with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt
WE

Through January 15, 2023
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
www.sarahildenintaidemuseo.fi

WE celebrates Thomas Houseago’s belief that creativity is fundamental, common to all people and flowing in all of us. The exhibition presents new paintings from the artist’s Visions series as well as sculptures in redwood and plaster, some created in response to works in the museum collection. These are shown alongside a series of ceramic figures by Nick Cave and sculptures by Brad Pitt, both of which were created during an ongoing dialogue with HouseagoBy including artworks by his creative associates, Houseago recontextualizes the concept of original creation to challenge the idea of the artist as a solitary individual and celebrate a more collectivist approach. 

Thomas Houseago, Weekend at El Cap, 2022 © Thomas Houseago

Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia, 1989 © Sally Mann

On View

Presence
The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder

Through January 15, 2023
Portland Museum of Art, Maine
www.portlandmuseum.org

Presence aims to capture the full spectrum of the human experience, from the anonymous to the celebrity and from the everyday to era-defining events such as the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the civil rights movement. With approximately 140 photographs by seventy artists, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of Judy Glickman Lauder. Work by Richard Avedon and Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia, 1989 © Sally Mann

Titus Kaphar, Jerome I–V, 2014, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York © Titus Kaphar

On View

Titus Kaphar
The Jerome Project

Through January 16, 2023
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
www.gardnermuseum.org

In 2011, Titus Kaphar was coming to terms with the personal history of his estranged father, Jerome. Kaphar’s search for information led to the discovery of prison records and mug shots of ninety-seven men sharing his father’s first and last name. Painted mostly between 2014 and 2015, The Jerome Project (2014–) is not only a portrait series of incarcerated men named Jerome and their absence from the US national narrative but also a pondering of whose lived experiences we consider, whose we forget, and whose we erase.

Titus Kaphar, Jerome I–V, 2014, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York © Titus Kaphar

Titus Kaphar, My Loss, 2020 © Titus Kaphar

On View

Titus Kaphar in
Metal of Honor: Gold from Simone Martini to Contemporary Art

Through January 16, 2023
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
www.gardnermuseum.org

Using a play on words, Metal of Honor explores how four artists from different times and places use gold as an artistic strategy for innovation and honor. Works by the medieval Italian artist Simone Martini are juxtaposed with those by three contemporary painters—Titus Kaphar, Stacy Lynn Waddell, and Kehinde Wiley. These artists reinterpret the style and medium of devotional imagery to explore the contemporary meaning of representation, commemoration, and adoration.

Titus Kaphar, My Loss, 2020 © Titus Kaphar

Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews and June, 1965–66 © The Lucian Freud Archive. All rights reserved 2022. Photo: Bridgeman Images

On View

Lucian Freud
New Perspectives

Through January 22, 2023
National Gallery, London
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

New Perspectives presents more than sixty paintings by Lucian Freud (1922–2011). Spanning a lifetime of work, it shows how Freud’s painting changed over the course of seventy years, from his early and intimate works to his well-known, large-scale canvases and monumental naked portraits. Freud’s celebrity often overshadowed the work he produced and the historical context in which he practiced. This exhibition looks beyond Freud’s fame and infamy to focus on the artist’s uncompromising commitment to painting in the twentieth century.

Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews and June, 1965–66 © The Lucian Freud Archive. All rights reserved 2022. Photo: Bridgeman Images