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Jim Goldberg, Making Fire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2008, Collection SFMOMA, © Jim Goldberg
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
July 2-Oct. 16, 2011
Approximately 100 photographs by five contemporary photographers from different countries who convey “what the world looks like now” through a personal lens, presenting images of rural Africa, central Asia, South Africa, the Arctic and New Orleans
Curator: Sandra S. Phillips
Funding: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

Helmut Newton, Self-Portrait with Wife and Models, Vogue Studio, Paris, 1981, Collection of the Estate of Helmut Newton
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
July 3-Sept. 25, 2011
The first large-scale U.S. exhibition of the German photographer (b. 1920) who scandalized the industry with his portrayal of a pneumatic and eroticized “female identity” presents 205 images -- some of them prints reaching nearly 8 x 8 feet in size -- from his first three books, published during 1976-82
Curators: Anne Tucker, Manfred Heiting
Catalogue: 126 pp., $65

Karl Fabergé, Imperial Napoleonic Egg, 1912, Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection, Virgina Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
July 9-Oct. 2, 2011
The largest U.S. exhibition of works by Russian jeweler to the Tsars Karl Fabergé presents 514 luxurious objects in gold, platinum, diamonds and rubies, drawn from four important American collections as well as the VMFA’s own holdings
Curators: Dr. Géza von Habsburg, Dr. Mitchell Merling
Catalogue: 432 pp., $65; limited edition $100

Chitra Ganesh, Tightrope (detail), 2010
Andy Warhol Museum
July 9–Sept. 4, 2011
The Brooklyn-based artist (b. 1975) presents 22 artworks derived from Amar Chitra Kathta, a comic about Hindu myths, Indian history and culture that was created in the 1960s and is still in print today
Curator: Tresa Varner
Funding: Heinz Endowments, Allegheny Regional Asset District

Nicolaes Maes, Sleeping Man Having His Pockets Picked, ca. 1655, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection
De Young Museum
July 9-Oct. 2, 2011
Over 70 paintings of 17th-century life in the Dutch Golden Age drawn from one of the world’s best private collections, organized according to subject and including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Gerrit Dou and Jan Steen
Curator: Lynn Federle Orr
Catalogue: Mauritshuis, The Hague, and Yale University Press, 404 pp., $65
Funding: Richard C. von Hess Foundation, Phoebe Cowles, J. Burgess and Elizabeth B. Jamieson, others
Tour: The exhibition debuted earlier this year at its co-organizing institution, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

George Herms, Xenophilia, 2011, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
July 10-Oct. 2, 2011
Exploring the notion of assemblage via an exhibition of the legendary Los Angeles Beat artist’s signature junk art from the past 60 years, his recent collages, and related work by younger artists from both coasts, including Rita Ackermann, Nate Lowman, Dan Colen and Ryan McGinley
Curator: Neville Wakefield
Funding: Charles C. Cohen

Emma Amos, Two Standing Women, 1966
Studio Museum in Harlem
July 14-Oct. 23, 2011
Presenting 21 paintings created by members of the New-York based Spiral art collective, founded in the 1960s by African-American artists including Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Hale Woodruff and Charles Alston
Curators: Lauren Haynes, Emily G. Hanna
Tour: The exhibition was based on a show of the same name organized by the Birmingham Museum of Art, which closed in March 2011

Nikolay Bakharev, Relationship # 14, 1989
New Museum
July 14-Sept. 25, 2011
A three-floor geographical survey that unites more than 50 artists from 20 countries across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics, as well as Western artists who have represented myths and dreams about the East -- including Jonas Mekas, Susan Philipsz, Tacita Dean and Phil Collins
Curator: Massimiliano Gioni
Catalogue: 122 pp., $39.95
Funding: V-A-C, VICTORIA—the Art of Being Contemporary Foundation, Lietta and Dakis Joannou, others

Shannon Ebner, Incendiary Distress Signal No. 6, 2011
UCLA Hammer Museum
July 16-Oct. 9, 2011
The first solo museum show on the West Coast for the Los Angeles artist (b. 1971) -- one of three concurrent exhibitions of portions from her on-going project The Electric Comma -- presentstwo large photographic works inside one gallery and a new piece made for a series of light boxes outside; other portions are on view at LAXArt in Culver City, and in Venice, Italy as part of the 54th Venice Biennale
Curator: Anne Ellegood
Funding: Susan Bay Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, others

Marjorie Merriweather Post brooch, possibly byOscar Heyman & Bros., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
July 19, 2011-Nov. 1, 2012
The inaugural exhibition in the museum’s new space devoted to exhibiting jewelry -- the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery -- brings together 75 jewels and be-jeweled objects from the last four millennia, from French Art Nouveau brooches to Nubian pendants, and includes rare pieces worn by the likes of Mary Todd Lincoln, Marjorie Merriweather Post and Coco Chanel
Curator: Yvonne Markowitz
Catalogue: 210 pp., $55

Thomas Girtin, Durham Cathedral and Castle, ca. 1800, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
July 19-Oct. 23, 2011
This exhibition of 25 18th- and 19th-century works by some of the masters of the medium, such as J.M.W Turner, William Bell Scott, William Blank and Samuel Palmer, is supplemented by an installation of three contemporary watercolors by famed Brit painter David Hockney (b. 1937)
Curator: Julian Brooks

Eva Hesse, Studiowork, 1968, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; photo by Abby Robinson, New York
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
July 20-Oct. 10, 2011
50 of the pioneering German-born, American artist’s small, experimental sculptures that were left in her studio at the time of her death, sold, or given to friends, drawn from international private and public collections
Curators: Briony Fer, Barry Rosen
Funding: Lois R. Kunian, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi of Antenna Design, David Reinfurt and Kathleen Holman of MTA New York City Transit, MetroCard vending machine, 1999; photo by Antenna Design
Museum of Modern Art, New York
July 24-Nov. 7, 2011
A vast array of objects from all over the world -- including interfaces, diagrams and furniture by designers, students, and scientists -- made in the past few years or currently under development, ranging from robots to GPS to NYC’s Metrocard vending machine
Curators: Paola Antonelli, Kate Carmody
Funding: Hyundai Card Compan

Theo van Doesburg, Grundbegriffe der neuen gestaltenden Kunst, 1925, National Gallery of Art Library
National Gallery of Art
July 25-Oct. 28, 2011, select open hours
Presenting editions of all 14 of the "Bauhausbucher" (Bauhaus books) published under the auspices of Europe’s leading design school -- founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919 -- as well as Bauhaus exhibition catalogues, press materials and writings by members of the Bauhaus faculty
Organized by Yuri Long

Frans Hals, Young Man and Woman in an Inn ("Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart"), 1623, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
July 26-Oct. 10, 2011
Thirteen paintings by the Dutch Old Master (b. 1582), from portraits to genre scenes, as well as a selection of contextualizing Netherlandish paintings by other artists including Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Adriaen Brouwer
Curator: Walter Liedtke
Catalogue: An issue of the museum Bulletin, $14.95
Funding: Bernard and Louise Palitz

Nikolai Fedorovich Denisovskii and Pavel Petrovich Sokolov-Skalia, Our One Thousandth Blow, 1944, Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries
Art Institute of Chicago
July 31-Oct. 23, 2011
The first U.S. exhibition since World War II of 157 TASS news agency posters -- all between five and ten feet high and created by notable Soviet writers and artists including Mikhail Cheremnykh, Nikolai Denisovskii and Pavel Sokolov-Skalia -- which were mailed to the museum during the war as part of the country’s campaign of international cultural diplomacy
Curators: Peter Kort Zegers, Douglas W. Druick
Catalogue: Yale University Press, 400 pp., $65
Funding: Ne boltai! Collection, Edward McCormick Blair

Maya Zack, Living Room (detail), 2009, courtesy of the artist and the Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv
Jewish Museum
July 31-Oct. 23, 2011
The Israeli filmmaker (b. 1976) presents an installation of four large-scale (4 x 10 ft.) computer-generated 3D prints, evoking a cross-section of a Jewish family’s apartment from 1830s Berlin; 3D glasses are provided
Curator: Aviva Weintraub
Funding: Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Contemporary Art

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