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Feb. 17, 2011

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Get going, everyone -- Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, is the last day to take in Harriet Bart’s moving exhibition commemorating the 146 garment workers who died in the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. “Drawn in Smoke,” Jan. 11-Feb. 18, 2011, at Babcock Galleries at the 724 Fifth Avenue gallery building, features a series of 160 drawings done in smoke and soot.

“Drawn in Smoke” comprises an elegy for one of the deadliest disasters of the Industrial Revolution, in which the female workers could not escape the burning building because their managers had locked the doors. The suite of drawings is accompanied by a number of related sculptures, bookworks and installations, including Garment Registry (1999), Triangle: Tears for the Remembered (2010) and Processional (1978).

We all know that women are “active, independent, inspired, creative, dominating and triumphant,” and now we’re going to see all this in an art exhibition. “Heroines,” Mar. 8-June 5, 2011, at Madrid’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Fundación Caja Madrid is planned as a comprehensive survey of women as protagonists, via 120 works, focused on those dating from the 19th century to the present. Iconographical themes include “solitude, work, war, magic, intoxication, sport, religion, reading and painting.” What’s more, the exhibition juxtaposes works by women artists, ranging from Mary Cassatt, Angelica Kauffmann and Berthe Morisot to Mona Hatoum, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero, with works containing female images made by male artists ranging from Caravaggio and Rembrandt to Edward Hopper and Edvard Munch. For a preview of some of the works, click here.

The Museum of Modern Art has a surprise planned for next fall -- a full-on retrospective of the always-controversial Ab-Ex master Willem de Kooning. “De Kooning: A Retrospective,” Sept. 19-Jan. 9, 2011, a show that spans the artist’s entire career and fills the museum’s entire sixth-floor gallery space. Organized by MoMA curator emeritus John Elderfield, the show features more than 200 works, beginning with academic studies deK made in Holland before moving to the U.S. in 1926 and concludes with his well-known abstractions from the late 1980s. Along with landmark paintings such as Pink Angels (1945), Excavation (1950) and the celebrated third “Woman” series (1950–53), the survey also includes his little-seen theatrical backdrop from 1946, the 17-foot-square Labyrinthe.

Looks like art’s the trophy at the Artists Awards Ceremony for the 10th TriBeCa Film Festival, Apr. 20-May 1, 2011, which is unspooling 85 features and 50 shorts. Sponsored by Chanel and created by TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal, the ceremony takes place Apr. 28, 2011, and is to present original artworks -- in lieu of a trophy -- to the filmmakers whose films win in their respective categories. Participating artists include Robert De Niro, Sr., Inka Essenhigh, Nate Lowman, Clifford Ross and Taryn Simon; the works go on view in April, exact dates and venue TBA.

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