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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
 
 
 
Paolo Monti
Venice
1999
  Postwar Italian Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Feb. 2-Apr. 28, 2002
A selection of works by Giuseppe Bruno and Carlo Mantovani, Mario Finazzi, Mario Giacomelli, Tazio Secchiaroli, others.
 
 
 
Eva Hesse
Ringaround Arosie
1965
  Eva Hesse
San Francisco Museum of Art
Feb. 2-May 19, 2002
Approximately 160 works by the late Postminimalist.
Curator: Elisabeth Sussman.
Catalogue: 320 pp., $65 (Yale).
Tour: Museum Wiesbaden, June 15-Oct. 13, 2002; Whitney Museum, Nov. 7, 2002-Feb. 16, 2003.
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Susanna Starr
Green Gorge
(detail)
2002
  Beyond the Pale: Material Possibilities
Neuberger Museum of Art
Feb. 2-May 26, 2002
Paint and painting as subject -- drip and squeeze to tack and tape -- via work by 18 contemporary artists, including Radcliffe Bailey, Roxy Paine, Judy Pfaff, Scott Richter, Jonathan Seliger and Jessica Stockholder.
Curator: Dede Young (Neuberger).
Funding: Westchester Arts Council.
Also on view: "Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolon in Mali and Abroad," opening Feb. 3, 2002.
 
 
 
Reagan Louie
Neighborhood resident Davore Henderson playing guitar
1999
  Indivisible: Stories of American Community
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Feb. 3-Apr. 21, 2002
12 photographers produce a kind of sociological survey, with oral histories, of community activism in a dozen local communities. Participants include Dawoud Bey, Lynn Davis, Danny Lyon and Sylvia Plachy.
Organizer: Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.
Tour: The show is midway through a multi-city tour that began in fall, 2000; forthcoming stops include Sarasota, Philadelphia and Anchorage.
Funding: Pew Charitable Trusts.
 
 
 
Charles Debbas
Ergo Pen
1998
  Mood River
Wexner Center for the Arts
Feb. 3, 2002-May 26, 2002
Design in contemporary life, via more than 2,000 objects, including new works by 200 artists, designers and design firms, in an "immersive installation" devised to offer "a variety of experiences and moods, from bliss to rage to trauma."
Curators: Jeffrey Kipnis, Annetta Massie (Wexner).
Catalogue: 148 pp. (D.A.P.).
Funding: Battelle.
 
 
 
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Pont Neuf Wrapped
1975
  Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection
National Gallery of Art
Feb. 3-June 23, 2002
Christo's first major U.S. survey features 61 works, many from the collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, which the museum acquired in 1991.
Curator: Molly Donovan.
Catalogue: $35 (Abrams).
Tour: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Sept. 22, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003.
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Canaletto
The Arch of Constantine with the Colosseum in the Background
ca. 1742-45
  Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour
J. Paul Getty Museum
Feb. 5-May 12, 2002
Vedute, or expansive views (and ancestors of the modern daypostcard), by Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, others, exhibited in conjunction with "Naples and Vesuvius on the Grand Tour" and "Rome on the Grand Tour."
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Eric Fischl
What Stands between the Artist and...
1999
  Modernism and Abstraction: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
National Academy of Design
Feb. 6-Apr. 7, 2002
Over 50 works by American avant-guardists, including Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Max Weber, others.
Funding: Principal Financial Group.
 
 
 
Réne Magritte
The Rape
1934
  Surrealism: Desire Unbound
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Feb. 6-Apr. 7, 2002
More than 300 works in the first major survey of the movement in 20 years, organized by the Tate Modern.
Curators: Jennifer Mundy, Dawn Ades, Vincent Gille (Tate), William S. Lieberman, Anne L. Strauss (Met).
Catalogue: 352 pp., $65 (Tate Publishing).
Funding: Jane and Robert Carroll.
 
 
 
AA Bronson
from Mirror Sequences
1969-70
  AA Bronson: Mirror Mirror
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Feb. 7-Mar. 31, 2002
Photos, installations, wall paintings and video by the member of General Idea.
Curator: Bill Arning.
Catalogue: designed by the artist.
 
 
 
Tyi Wara
(farming animal)
headdress: mother and child
Mali
19th-20th century
photo Paul Macapia
  Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
Seattle Art Museum
Feb. 7-May 19, 2002
17 installations, presentations and performances, mounted in collaboration with local scholars and performance groups, in an effort to showcase African art from the museum collection in a broad context.
Catalogue: 304 pp., $50.
 
 
    Manifestations of the Spirit: Photographs of Afro-Brazilian Religion by Phyllis Galembo
Newark Museum
Feb. 7-Dec. 29, 2002
The rituals and sacred arts of Candomble, via 16 photos by Galembo.
Curator: Nii Quarcoopome (Newark).
Also on view: "Free Expressions: Community Voices and Contemporary African American Art from the Collection," opening Feb. 7, 2002, and "From Castles and Tents, Tibetan Carpets," opening Feb. 13, 2002.
 
 
    Cavepainting
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Feb. 8-Mar. 31, 2002
New works by Peter Doig, Chris Ofili and Laura Owens in an experimental, unstructured exhibition installed by the artists themselves and informed by their friendships.
Catalogue: designed by Peter Willberg, with essays by British critic Jonathan Jones and interviews with the artists by Houston-based critic Lane Relyea.
Also on view: "Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore," a video projection on U.K. dance culture by London artist Mark Leckey, opening Feb. 8, 2002.
 
 
 
Frida Kahlo
Self-Portrait with Monkey
1938
  Places of Their Own: Emily Carr, Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb. 8-May 12, 2002
62 works by O'Keeffe, Kahlo and Carr, a Canadian painter known for sweeping, spirit-infused landscapes.
Curator: Sharyn Udall.
Catalogue: 384 pp., $45 (Yale).
Tour: The show is organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario; its next stop is the Vancouver Art Gallery, June 15-Sept. 15, 2002.
Also on view: "Lois Mailou Jones: Imagining Africa," a retrospective of paintings and drawings by the late Howard University art teacher, Feb. 15-May 12, 2002.
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Andreas Gursky
99 Cent
1999
  From Twilight to Dawn: Postmodern Art from the UBS PaineWebber Art Collection
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Feb. 8-May 26, 2002
56 works by the likes of by Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.
Curator: Mark W. Scala (Frist).
 
 
    Slowdive: Sculpture and Performance in Real Time
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Feb. 9-May 5, 2002
An exhibition and series of public performances by eight conceptual artists, including Nao Bustamante, Per Hüttner, Tony Labat and Bruce Tomb.
Also on view: "Guide to Trust No. 2," a show of new works by more than 40 artists responding to a Dennis Cooper novel; "Elder Arts 2002," art by the elderly; and "Building Project," a video installation by Shannon Kennedy.
 
 
 
Edvard Munch
Apple Tree in the Garden
ca. 1932-42
  After the Scream: The Late Paintings of Edvard Munch
High Museum of Art
Feb. 9-May 5, 2002
62 works Munch painted after 1916 at his estate in Norway, named Ekely, on loan from the Munch-Museet in Oslo.
Curator: Elizabeth Prelinger (Georgetown).
Catalogue: 208 pp., $45 (Yale).
Funding: American-Scandanavian Foundation.
Also on view: "Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow," opening Feb. 9, 2002.
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Nathan Oliveira
Standing Man with Hands in Belt
1960
  Nathan Oliveira
San Jose Museum of Art
Feb. 9-May 12, 2002
Nearly 70 works by the Bay Area artist known for figurative sculpture and painting.
Curator: Peter Selz (U. Cal Berkeley).
Catalogue: 256 pp., $65 (U. Cal Press).
Tour: Neuberger Museum, June 16-Sept. 8, 2002; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Oct. 5, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003; Orange County Museum, Apr. 5-June 15, 2003; Tacoma Art Museum, Sept. 20-Nov. 30, 2003; National Academy of Design, dates t.b.a.
Funding: Oshman Family Foundation.
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    The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994
P.S.1, Long Island City
Feb. 10-May 5, 2002
African culture, via art, film, photos, graphics, architecture, music, literature and theater by 53 artists from 22 countries, in an exhibition organized at the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.
Curator: Okwui Enwezor.
Catalogue: 496 pp., $75 (Prestel).
 
 
 
Willem de Kooning
Pink Lady (Study)
ca. 1948
  Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Feb. 10-Apr. 28, 2002
78 works made between 1938 and '55, in the first comprehensive survey of de Kooning's depictions on paper of women.
Curators: Paul Schimmel, Connie Butler (MOCA).
Catalogue: 200 pp., $49.95 (Princeton).
Tour: San Francisco MOMA, June 15-Sept. 8, 2002; National Gallery of Art, Sept. 29, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003.
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Nancy Burson
Untitled (Healing Series)
1998
  The Art of Nancy Burson
Grey Art Gallery
Feb. 12-Apr. 20, 2002
Approximately 100 images in a mid-career retrospective of the photographer who explores beauty, identity, genetics and race.
Tour: Blaffer Gallery, Houston, and elsewhere.
 
 
 
H.C. Westermann
Brinksmanship
1958-59
  H.C. Westermann
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Feb. 14-May 12, 2002
Over 130 works by the late American sculptor, in a show that premiered at the Chicago MCA.
Curators: Lynne Warren, Michael Rooks (MCA).
Also on view: "Metropolis in the Machine Age," nearly 40 woprks from the collection, Feb. 28-Sept. 2, 2002.
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Artemisia Gentileschi
Judith Slaying Holofernes
1612-13
  Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father and Daughter Painters in Boroque Italy
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Feb. 14-May. 12, 2002
Approximately 50 works by Orazio, Caravaggio's most gifted follower, and 35 by Artemisia, his daughter and the most celebrated female painter of the century.
Curators: Judith Mann (Saint Louis Museum), Keith Christiansen (Met), Rossella Vodret (Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici e Storici de Roma).
Tour: Museo del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome, Oct. 15-Jan. 6, 2002; Saint Louis Art Museum, June 15-Sept. 15, 2002.
Catalogue: 480 pp., $70 (Yale).
Funding: Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, NEA.
 
 
 
Alexander Calder
Aluminum Leaves Red Post
1941
  Pierre Matisse and His Artists
Morgan Library
Feb. 14-May 19, 2002
The Morgan's first show devoted exclusively to 20th-century painting and sculpture looks at the career of the art dealer (and second son of Henri Matisse) who opened his gallery in New York's Fuller Building in 1931. The show features over 60 works by Balthus, Dubuffet, Giacometti, Matisse, Miró, Tanguy and others, and draws on the gallery archives, donated to the Morgan in 1997.
Curators: William M. Griswold, Jennifer Tonkovich (Morgan).
Funding: Pierre Matisse Foundation, Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation.
Catalogue: 319 pp., $50 (hardcover).
 
 
 
Gerhard Richter
Wiesental
1985
  Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting
Museum of Modern Art
Feb. 14-May 21, 2002
188 canvases in a long overdue U.S. survey of the German pop artist.
Curator: Robert Storr (MoMA).
Catalogue: 336 pp., $75 (MoMA/D.A.P.).
Tour: Art Institute of Chicago, June 22-Sept. 15, 2002; San Francisco MoMA, Oct. 11, 2002-July 14, 2003; Hirshhorn Museum, Feb. 20-May 18, 2003.
Funding: Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Mimi and Peter Haas.
Also on view: "Life of the City," photographs in response to the events of 9/11, Feb. 28-May 21, 2002.
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Ran-headed lotus column
XXII dynasty
  Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Feb. 15-May 12, 2002
Statues, reliefs, vessels, jewelry and papyri from a period of relative peace during Persian rule in Egypt.
Curator: Edward Bleiberg (Brooklyn).
Funding: Steinberg Charitable Trust, Steinhardt Foundation, Forchheimer Foundation.
 
 
 
Georges Pierre Seurat
Woman with a Monkey
1884
  Corot to Picasso: European Masterworks from the Smith College Museum of Art
Phillips Collection
Feb. 16-May 12, 2002
Nearly 60 paintings and sculptures, by Ingres, Cezanne, Courbet, Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Seurat, others, in a touring show mounted while the Smith museum undergoes renovation and expansion.
 
 
 
Irving Penn
Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson with the Model of the Seagram Building
1955
  Mies in America
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Feb. 16-May 26, 2002
The Whitney Museum's traveling show appears in the architect's home town.
Catalogue: 584 pp., $75 (Abrams).
Also on view: "Gary Simmons," 35 works in a traveling survey, opening Feb. 16, 2002.
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Thomas Demand
Poll
2000
  Thomas Demand
Site Santa Fe
Feb. 16-June 2, 2002
Photos in a show organized by the Aspen Art Museum and curated by Dean Sobel.
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    Ken Aptekar: Eye Contact
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
Feb. 17-Apr. 21, 2002
An examination of the ways that people look at art, via six paintings by Aptekar, based on works in the gallery collection, with viewer responses etched onto glass panels bolted over the surfaces of the new works.
Catalogue: 28 pp.
Funding: Bausch & Lomb, NYSCA.
 
 
 
J.M.W. Turner
Rough Sea with Wreckage
ca. 1830-35
  Reflections of the Sea and Light: Paintings and Watercolors by J.M.W. Turner
Baltimore Museum of Art
Feb. 17-May 26, 2002
More than 100 watercolors, oil paintings, drawings and prints spanning the artist's career, in a show organized by the Tate.
Also on view: "Looking Forward/Looking Black," 45 works by more than 20 artists examining the way African-Americans have been portrayed, Feb. 6-May 5, 2002.
 
 
 
François Boucher
Male Academy with Wings
ca. 1745-50
  French Master Drawings from the Collection of Muriel Butkin
Dahesh Museum of Art
Feb. 19-May 18, 2002
59 works from the collection promised to the Cleveland Museum.
Curator: Carter E. Foster (Cleveland), Roger Diederen (Dahesh).
Catalogue: 160 pp., $45.
Tour: The show originated at the Cleveland Museum.
 
 
 
Agnes Martin
Untitled No. 9
1995
  Agnes Martin
Menil Collection
Feb. 20-June 2, 2002
30 canvases made since 1993 by the New Mexico Minimalist, in a show honoring the artist's 90th birthday.
Curator: Ned Rifkin.
Catalogue: 128 pp., $30 (Hatje Cantz).
Also on view: "Vik Muniz," a show of 25 works commissioned by the museum and based on the museum's scaled exhibition maquettes, opening Feb. 22, 2002.
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    Being There: 45 Oakland Artists
Oakland Museum of California
Feb. 23-May 12, 2002
An invitational for local artists, selected from portfolios and studio visits, in the first such show since "Oakland's Artists '90."
Curator: Philip Linhares (Oakland).
 
 
 
Ali Tayar
Plaza Screen
1999
  US Design: 1975-2000
Denver Art Museum
Feb. 23-May 26, 2002
Three generations of American designers, including Robert Venturi, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Karim Rashid, others.
Tour: American Craft Museum, May 2003.
Curator: R. Craig Miller.