NEW THIS MONTH IN
U.S. MUSEUMS

Installation view of Monica Bonvicini’s Built for Crime (2006) at the Liverpool Biennial
Sculpture Center, Long Island City
Jan. 7-Mar. 25, 2007
Two large-scale text-based sculptures by the celebrated Berlin-based artist, incorporating shattered safety glass and light

James Daugherty
Music: Study for "American Rhythm" (detail)
1934
Loeb Art Center
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Jan. 12-Mar. 11, 2007
30 preliminary drawings, watercolors and other studies for public works dating from the heyday of the American mural movement, largely from the museum collection, by Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Marion Greenwood, Rockwell Kent, Anton Refregier, Ben Shahn, others
Curator: Patricia Phagan
Funding: Smart Family Foundation

Damien Hirst
Autopsy with Sliced Human Brain
2004
Portland (Ore.) Art Museum
Jan. 13-Apr. 22, 2007
Works selected to sum up major themes in Hirst’s practice: minimalist abstraction, hyperrealism, the commercial product and the natural science specimen
Curator: Bruce Guenther
Funding: Miller Meigs Endowment for the Contemporary Arts
Also on view: "Personal Best: Photographs by Elliott Erwitt," Jan. 20-Apr. 29, 2007; "APEX: Chris Johanson," Jan. 27-May 27, 2007

Einar and Jamex de la Torre
El Fix
1997
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
photo by Pablo Mason
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Jan. 13-Apr. 7, 2007
150 works of art made by 41 architects, artists, designers and filmmakers from the emerging cultural hotspot of Tijuana
Curator: Rachel Teagle
Catalogue: 250 pp., $39.95, contributions by Teddy Cruz, ejival, Norma Iglesias, Pedro Ochoa, Rene Peralta, Rachel Teagle, Jose Manuel Valenzuela
Funding: Altria Group, others
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, its organizing institution; it continues to venues in Mexico, dates and venues TBA

Production still of Doug Aitken’s sleepwalkers at the Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
Jan. 16-Feb. 12, 2007
A filmic narrative about New York, starring Cat Power, Donald Sutherland, Tilda Swinton and others, projected onto eight surfaces of the MoMA façade, including those overlooking the sculpture garden
Funding: Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, David Teiger
Also on view: "Artistic Collaborations: 50 Years at Universal Limited Art Editions," Jan. 17-Apr. 9, 2007

Wallace Berman
Untitled (A7-Mushroom, D4-Cross)
1966
Collection of Dan Fauci
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Jan. 16-Mar. 31, 2007
The Beat Age visionary’s hand-printed literary journal Semina (published 1955-64), along with collages, paintings, and assemblages by Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Ralph Gibson, Dennis Hopper, Taylor Mead, Rachel Rosenthal, Jack Smith, Dean Stockwell, and Russel Tamblyn, as well as over 50 photos by Berman himself, newly printed from vintage negatives and shown for the first time
Curators: Michael Duncan, Kristine McKenna
Catalogue: $50, 383 pp.
Funding: Abby Weed Grey Trust
Tour: This show premiered at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, its organizing institution

Robert Colescott
George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook
1975
University Art Museum, Albany, N.Y.
Jan. 18-Apr. 1, 2007
Alternative images of U.S. presidents in video, sculpture, drawing and painting by Bill Adams, Yasser Aggour, Melanie Baker, Jesse Bercowetz and Matt Bua, Geoffrey Chadsey, Enrique Chagoya, Chuck Close, Robert Colescott, James Esber, Llyn Foulkes, Wayne Gonzales, Jonathan Herder, Diango Hernández, David Humphrey, Komar and Melamid, Andrew Lenaghan, Kerry James Marshall, Rachel Mason, Dave McKenzie,  David Opdyke, Greta Pratt, Justin Richel, Peter Saul, Martin Schoeller, Robert Terry, Brian Tolle, Jeffrey Vallance, Andy Warhol, Phil Whitman and Martin Wilner
Curators: JoAnne Carson, Corinna Ripps Schaming

François-André Vincent
The Drawing Lesson
1777
Private Collection
Morgan Library & Museum
Jan. 18-Apr. 8, 2007
Works by Gianlorenzo Bernini, Agnolo Bronzino, Jacob Cats, John Constable, Lovis Corinth, Correggio, Pietro da Cortona, Edgar Degas, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Caspar David Friedrich, Thomas Gainsborough, Käthe Kollwitz, Claude Lorrain, Odilon Redon, Hubert Robert, Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, François-André Vincent, Adolf von Menzel and Antoine Watteau, from a private collection
Also on view: "Victorian Bestsellers," Jan. 26-May 6, 2007

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Mexico
1934
International Center of Photography
Jan. 19-Apr. 29, 2007
251 postcard-sized prints by Cartier-Bresson tracing his early travels to Spain and Mexico and his encounters with Surrealism and modern art in 1932-46, in a show organized by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and seen in the U.S. only at the ICP
Curator: Agnes Sire
Catalogue: $85, 256 pp.
Also on view: "Martin Munkacsi: Think While You Shoot!," Jan. 19-Apr. 29, 2007; "Louise Brooks and the New Woman in Weimar Cinema" Jan. 19-Apr. 29, 2007

Terence Koh
Study for the Light within My Imploded Self
2006
Photo by Dean Sameshima
Courtesy Peres Projects, Los Angeles, Berlin
Whitney Museum of American Art
Jan. 19-May 2007
The Chinese-born New York artist’s installation for the Whitney’s lobby gallery uses light to transform the space into a "seductive, yet inaccessible diorama"
Curator: Shamin M. Momin
Catalogue: $18.95, 112 pp.

Pickle Bottling Department, H.J. Heinz Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ca. 1900
Fogg Art Museum
Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Jan. 20-Apr. 22, 2007
100+ original exhibition boards with photographs and graphic illustrations from the collection of Harvard’s Social Museum, founded during the late 19th century to collect documentary images relating to rising anti-immigrant sentiment and the ills ofindustrialization
Curators: Deborah Martin Kao, Michelle Lamuniére
Funding: Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation

Matt Bakkom
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Jan. 20-Mar. 25, 2007
100+ artists, musicians, designers, lecturers, performers and others in what is described as a "nonstop event" celebrating collaborative artists’ groups and their alternative modes of art-making, with contributions from four Philadelphia-based spaces -- Black Floor Gallery, LURE, basekamp and Space 1026 -- as well as Matt Bakkom (Minneapolis), Red 76 (Portland, Ore.), LTTR (New York) and Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Schoolhouse (Los Angeles)
Funding: ICA’s Leadership Circle, others
Also on view: "Carlos Garaicoa," Jan. 20-Mar. 25, 2007, "Nicole Cherubini," Jan. 20-Mar. 25, 2007; "Ramp Project: Luca Buvoli, A Very Beautiful Day after Tomorrow (Un Bellissimo Dopodomani)," Jan. 20-Mar. 25, 2007

Michaela Eichwald
Zook Köln (detail)
1998
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Jan. 20-Apr. 22, 2007
Cologne’s art scene in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, via works by Martin Kippenberger, Jutta Koether, Albert Oehlen and Cosima von Bonin, along with works by American artists who showed with them, including Mike Kelley, Andrea Fraser and Christopher Williams
Curators: Bennett Simpson, Sara Krajewski
Funding: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, Washington State Arts Commission
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Ernesto Neto
Untitled (Commission for Jacobs Building)
2004
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Jan. 21-Aug. 37, 2007
The Brazilian artist’s largest and most intricate installation to date is one of several commissions inaugurating the new MCASD Downtown, which includes the existing facility plus a renovated 1915 Santa Fe Depot and a new three-story building.
Also on view: "Modern American Masters," Jan. 21-Feb. 14, 2007; "Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Hour Of Prayer," Jan. 21-May 27, 2007; "Richard Wright," Jan. 21-Sept. 23, 2007

Henri Matisse
Reclining Nude I (Aurore)
Ca. 1907-1908
Baltimore Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art/Nasher Sculpture Center
Jan. 21-Apr. 29, 2007
150+ sculptures, paintings and drawings, as well as photographs of the artist at work, alongside works by Alexander Archipenko, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin, in a show jointly organized by the Dallas Museum, the Nasher and the Baltimore Museum of Art
Curator: Dorothy Kosinski
Catalogue: $60, 312 pp.
Funding: Bank of America
Tour: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June 9-Sept. 16, 2007; Baltimore Museum of Art, Oct. 28, 2007-Feb. 3, 2008

Kota Ezawa
Polaroid Supercolor 1000
2005
Courtesy of Haines Gallery
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Jan. 22-May 15, 2007
Work by five local artists -- Sarah Cain, Kota Ezawa, Amy Franceschini, Mitzi Pederson and Leslie Shows -- who are recipients of SFMoma’s SECA award, given to promising Bay Area artists
Funding: Linda and Jon Gruber, Fleishhacker Foundation, SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art)
Also on view: "Henry Wessel: Photographs," Jan. 27-Apr. 22, 2007

Martín Ramírez
Untitled (Train)
ca. 1953
American Folk Art Museum
Jan. 23-Apr. 29, 2006
Almost 100 remarkably expressive works on paper by the schizophrenic artist Martín Ramírez (1895-1963), who spend the last 15 years of his life at the DeWitt State Hospital in California
Curator: Brooke Davis Anderson
Catalogue: Marquand Books, 192 pp., $45
Funding: JP Morgan Chase Bank, Atria, NEA, NYSCA, others.

Donatello
Madonna of the Clouds
Ca. 1425–35
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jan. 24-July 8, 2007
Close to 100 Renaissance sculptures, including Giovanni Francesco Rustici’s St. John the Baptist and Donatello’s marble relief of Madonna of the Clouds
Funding: Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, National Italian American Foundation
Also on view: "Women of Renown: Female Heroes and Villains in the Prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)," Jan. 10-Oct. 8, 2007

Janet Echelman
Swooping II
2001
Caja de Burgos, Spain
Courtesy Florence Lynch Gallery, New York City
Museum of Arts and Design
Jan. 25-June 17, 2007
27 artists employing a variety of media, from traditional yarns and laces to found objects and video, to explore the limits of knitting
Curator: David Revere McFadden
Catalogue: 120 pp.
Funding: Coby Foundation, Coats & Clark and Westminster Fibers, Greenwall Foundation, Friends of Fiber Art International, others

Daniel Garber
The Studio Wall
1914
private collection
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts/James A. Michener Art Museum
Jan. 26-Apr. 8, 2007
80 works by the Bucks County landscape and portrait painter Daniel Garber (1880-1958), a longtime instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy, in a show shared with the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa.
Curator: Lance Humphries

Sadie Benning
untitled
2001
Wexner Center for the Arts
Jan. 26-Apr. 15, 2007
"Charmingly gawky" large-scale paintings of heads by the Chicago-based video artist, along with Play Pause, a two-channel video developed in the Wexner Center’s Art and Technology studios
Curator: Jennifer Lange
Catalogue: $24.95, 84 pp., contributions by Aleksandar Hemon, Jennifer Lange, Helen Molesworth, Eileen Myles, interview between Benning and Amy Sillman
Also on view: "Glenn Ligon: Some Changes," Jan. 26-Apr. 15, 2007; "Architecture Interruptus," Jan. 26-Apr. 15, 2007

Devorah Sperber
After van Eyck (Man In a Red Turban) (detail)
2006
Brooklyn Museum
Jan. 26-May 6, 2007
Full-scale recreations of The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, as well as recreated masterpieces by other artists, composed from spools of thread or crystals and meant to be viewed with an optical device

Fred Sandback
Untitled (red acrylic)
1974
Birmingham (Ala.) Museum of Art
Jan. 26-Mar. 4, 2007
Works by three artists who challenged the independence of art objects from the space around them
Curators: Gail Andrews, Michael Straus
Funding: City of Birmingham, Jefferson County Community Arts Fund
Also on view: "Alabama Folk Art Exhibition," Jan. 14-Dec. 30, 2007

Francis Bacon
Figure with Meat
1954
Art Institute of Chicago
Milwaukee Art Museum
Jan. 27-Apr. 15, 2007
Nearly 50 paintings from the period when Bacon’s signature themes began to crystallize
Curator: Michael Peppiatt
Catalogue: 174 pp.
Tour: This show premiered at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, England, its organizing institution, and subsequently travels to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, May 5-July 30, 2007
Funding: UBS, Lynde B. Uihlein

Rudolf Stingel
untitled (after Sam)
2006
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Jan. 27-May 27, 2007
The first U.S. museum survey of work by the Italian-born New York artist (b. 1957), known for expanding the notion of "painting," includes recent portraits and self-portraits and a new installation intended to bring the "language of public rest rooms, bus stops and underpasses" to the MCA
Curator: Francesco Bonami
Catalogue: $55, 256 pages
Funding: Harris Family Foundation
Tour: Whitney Museum of American Art, June 28-Oct. 14, 2007

Jasper Johns
Target
1958
collection of the artist
National Gallery of Art
Jan. 28-Apr. 29, 2007
80 objects from the first, golden decades of Johns’ career
Curator: Jeffrey Weiss
Catalogue:  $60.00 cloth, $40.00 paper, 296 pp., contributions by John Elderfield, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Robert Morris, Kathryn A. Tuma
Funding: Target
Tour: Kunstmuseum Basel, June 2-Sept. 9, 2007

Rembrandt van Rijn
Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul
1661
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Phoenix Art Museum
Jan. 28-May 6, 2007
90 examples of Dutch 17th century paintings, prints, sculptures, and a fine selection of ceramic, glass, and silver showpieces, including Rembrandt’s Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul, his portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, and Frans Hals’ portrait of Nicolaes Hasselaer
Catalogue: $29.95, 144 pp.
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Dayton Art Institute; it continues to the Portland (Ore.) Museum of Art, May 26-Sept. 16, 2007

Vija Celmins
Clipping with Pistol
1968
Museum of Modern Art
UCLA Hammer Museum
Jan. 28-Apr. 22, 2007
Ca. 70 works on paper, including Celmins’ renderings of lunar, ocean and desert surfaces, clouds, galaxies and nocturnal skies
Curator: Jonas Storsve, Gary Garrels
Catalogue: $36, 168 pp., contributions by Dorothée Deyriés-Henry, Jonas Storsve, Colm Toibin
Funding: Susan and Larry Marx, Sotheby’s, David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Centre Pompidou, Paris
Also on view: "Hammer Contemporary Collection: Part I," Jan. 16-Apr. 15, 2007; "Mathias Poledna," Jan. 28-Apr. 22, 2007