Hot spring shows include Alberto Giacometti in Cleveland, “Afro-Atlantic Histories” at the NGA, Winslow Homer at the Met, and Cézanne in Chicago.
Most of these shows took years to plan. The expertise, scholarship, and logistics behind each of them would amaze you even in ordinary times. It is all the more impressive considering the obstacles, uncertainty and grief that so many Conservatives and their colleagues have had to negotiate in recent times. Hats off to the museum workers!
Here are 10 shows I’m passionate about – but honestly, there are so many more. Go to the websites of your favorite museums and see what they have in store for you.
Arguably the most acclaimed of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists, Mitchell rose to prominence in 1950s New York, before spending more than four decades in France. This retrospective, co-organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will open in Baltimore with 70 works borrowed from public and private collections in the United States and Europe.
Joan Mitchell March 6-August. 14 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. artbma.org.
This is an ambitious Cleveland preview of the modern sculptor’s famous post-war work, comprising 60 sculptures, paintings and drawings. Giacometti is best known for his slender sculptures, the fruit of fiercely focused attention over long periods of time. Identified with post-war existentialism as Meursault, the fictional protagonist of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger,” they seem to have been whittled down to a dense core by the space around them. The show will tour Houston, Seattle and Kansas City.
Alberto Giacometti: towards the ultimate figure From March 12 to June 12 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. clevelandart.org.
Security guards become conservative
Who spends more time in galleries than security guards? what they or they to like? What would be they or they do you want us to see? The Baltimore Museum of Art asked 17 of its agents to choose an exhibition of works from the collection. In collaboration with renowned art historian and curator Lowery Stokes Sims, the rangers not only chose the pieces, but also contributed research, design, didactics, content for the accompanying catalog and public programs. They are also paid for the extra work.
keep the art From March 27 to July 10 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. artbma.org.
Time after time, lately more concerned with anticipating criticism and checking identity boxes than creating a coherent exhibition of a powerful new art, the Whitney Biennial, organized this year by David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards, nonetheless remains the most followed survey of contemporary art in America. However successful it may be overall, this year’s iteration, like most of its predecessors, is sure to introduce us to some fascinating new talent.
Whitney Biennial 2022: ……………. April 6-Sept. 5 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. whitney.org.
This exhibition of more than 130 works of art dealing with the complex experiences and stories of the African diaspora, from the 17th century to the present day, arrives at the National Gallery of Art after a stay in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 2018. It will include the art of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the late David C. Driskell and Zanele Muholi, as well as historical paintings, sculptures and photographs not only from Africa, but also from Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
Afro-Atlantic Stories From April 10 to July 17 at the National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
This exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be the largest exhibition devoted to Homer, one of America’s most popular artists, in 25 years. Focused on the theme of conflict, it will present an overview of the career of the great 19th century artist in 90 oil paintings and watercolors.
Winslow Homer: Cross Currents From April 11 to July 31 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. metmuseum.org.
Six feet high and seven feet wide, Henri Matisse’s “The Red Studio” (1911) caused perplexity when it first appeared. It is now one of the anchor masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. MoMA will make the painting, which depicts six of Matisse’s paintings, three of his sculptures and a decorative ceramic plate scattered around his studio, the centerpiece of an exhibit exploring the circumstances of the work’s creation.
Matisse: The Red Studio May 1-Sept. 10 at the Museum of Modern Art. moma.org.
Four major museums curated this exhibit, dedicated to one of America’s most acclaimed and influential post-war painters, before deciding to cancel everything before it opened at the National Gallery in 2020. Their reasons were confusing, but it seems they wanted to be sensitive to some viewers’ imagined reactions and possibly some dreaded protests. (For a time, Guston, an outspoken opponent of racism, painted and drew stupid figures with Ku Klux Klan hoods to signify stupidity, evil, and psychic mud). The rearranged schedule means the show will kick off in Boston rather than the nation’s capital, where it will open in February 2023.
Philippe Guston Now May 1-Sept. 11 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. mfa.org.
This exhibition will attempt to demonstrate not only how important Cézanne – the artist’s ultimate artist – was in his time, but also how relevant he remains. It is certainly a case worth making. With 90 oil paintings, 40 drawings and watercolors, and two comprehensive sketchbooks, the exhibition is billed as the first major Cézanne retrospective in 25 years and the first in Chicago in 70 years. It should be a knockout.
VSstarzanne May 15-Sept. 5 at the Art Institute of Chicago. artic.edu.
Adams, 84, captured some of the most beautiful and clear landscapes in the history of American photography. Known for his aesthetic of modesty and compassion and his strong advocate for the environment, he believes in the ability of art to change us for the better. Adams is getting the full retrospective treatment at the National Gallery of Art, which will feature 175 of his photographs taken between 1965 and 2015.
American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams May 29-Oct. 2 at the National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.