TWENTY TOP SHOWS

Keren Cytter
Four Seasons
2009
Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Hammer Museum, UCLA
Jan. 5-Apr. 4, 2010
Putting the spotlight on the Tel Aviv-born, Berlin-based artist known for "non-linear narratives" which "create absurdly abstract sequences of highly dramatic interactions and events, infused with both humor and pathos"
Curator: Anne Ellegood

Greg Stimac
Untitled Recoil
2005
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Jan. 9-31, 2010
Selected works by artists who have participated in the MCA's ongoing project series highlighting new work by emerging Chicago-based artists, including Angelina Gualdoni, Paula Henderson, Rashid Johnson, Laura Mosquera and Greg Stimac

Wayne Thiebaud
Neapolitan Meringue
1986/1999
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan. 15, 2010-Aug. 8, 2010
28 watercolors, charcoals and drawings from the 1960s to the 1990s, by Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Will Barnet, Carolyn Brady, Paul Cadmus, Patricia Tobacco Forrester, Philip Guston, Luis Jiménez, Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud
Curator: Joann Moser
Catalogue: Graphic Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, $19.95

Alex Hay
Paper Bag
1968
Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
Jan. 16-Nov. 28, 2010
As a prelude and companion to the upcoming Whitney Biennial, works from the Whitney collection by artists in previous biennial exhibitions, from Richard Artschwager and Milton Avery to Andy Warhol and Sue Williams, installed on the museum's fifth floor

Bruce Conner
THREE SCREEN RAY (composite)
2006
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
© Conner Family Trust
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Jan. 16-May 23, 2010
Bruce Conner's THREE SCREEN RAY (2006) -- a new SFMoMA acquisition -- which sets images of nude women, explosions and fireworks to a Ray Charles tune, presented alongside a rotating series of single-channel video works from the museum’s collection

Ernesto Neto
Navedenga (installation view of Navedenga and the Ovaloids, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 1998)
1998
Museum of Modern Art
© 2009 Ernesto Neto
Museum of Modern Art
Jan. 20-Apr. 26, 2010
A single work, Navedenga (1998), by the Brazilian artist known for pendulous sculptures stuffed with aromatic substances
Curator: Doryun Chong

The Drawings of Bronzino (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jan. 20, 2010-Apr. 18, 2010
Ca. 60 drawings constituting nearly all the known drawings by, or attributed to, Italian Mannerist artist Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572)
Curators: Carmen C. Bambach, Janet Cox-Rearick, George R. Goldner
Catalogue: 256 pp., $60
Funding: Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, others

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Always After (The Glass House)
2006
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Jan. 21-May 31, 2010
Manglano-Ovalle’s film installation Always After (The Glass House), part of a series of works meditating on the career of Mies van der Roe, shot on location at van der Rohe’s old hangout, the IIT campus in Chicago

Mouth of Hell (detail)
Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in Latin
Illuminated by the Master of Catherine of Cleves
ca. 1440
Morgan Library and Museum
Image courtesy of Faksimile Verlag Luzern
Morgan Library & Museum
Jan. 22-May 2, 2010
Presentation of the tome described as "the most important and lavish of all Dutch manuscripts," commissioned in 1440 by Catherine of Cleves
Catalogue: Rob Druckers and Rudd Priem, The Hours of Catherine of Cleves: Devotions, Demons and Daily Life in the 15th Century, Abrams, 368 pp., $85
Funding: B. H. Breslauer Foundation, Mrs. Alexandre P. Rosenberg

Edda Renouf
August -- Week 2
2000
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Photo by Lyle Peterzell
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
Jan. 22–May 9, 2010
Showcasing works gifted to the Albright-Knox by collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, including pieces by Richard Artschwager, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Charles Clough, Koki Doktori, R. M. Fischer, Richard Francisco, Don Hazlitt, Gene Highstein, Bill Jensen, Tobi Kahn, Steve Keister, Alain Kirlli, Mark Kostabi, Wendy Lehman, Michael Lucero, Joseph Nechvatal, Richard Nonas, Larry Poons, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Judy Rifka, Barbara Schwartz, Darryl Trivieri and Richard Tuttle

Stephen Prina
Blind Painting No 2, Fifteen-foot Ceiling or Lower
2007
Courtesy of Galerie Gisela Capitain, and Friedrich Petzel Gallery
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Jan. 22-Apr. 11, 2010
Works by the eclectic American artist, including a new suite of monochrome paintings on window blinds and an 11-musician score in three movements, Koncerto for Modern, Movie and Pop Music for Ten Instruments and Voice
Curator: Laura Fried

The DeCordova Sculpture Park (with Doug Kornfeld’s Ozymandius)
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Mass.
Jan. 23-Apr. 11, 2010
Work by 17 New England artists: Greta Bank, Ross Cisneros, Georgie Friedman, Paul Laffoley, Phil Lique, Xander Marro, Christopher Mir, Liz Nofziger, Oscar Palacio, Otto Piene, William Pope.L, Randy Regier, Ward Shelley, Laurel Sparks, Mark Tribe, August Ventimiglia and Karin Weiner
Curator: Dina Deitsch
Funding: Deborah A. Hawkins Charitable Trust

Viola Frey
Hawaiian Sunsuit
ca. 1974
Museum of Arts and Design
Museum of Arts and Design
Jan. 26-May 2, 2010
Colossal clay figures, sculptures, ceramic plates, paintings and works on paper by San Francisco artist Viola Frey (1933-2004)
Curator: Davira S. Taragin
Catalogue: $50, 136 pp.
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto; it continues to the Racine Art Museum, Wisc., Apr. 24-Aug. 16, 2009

Doll and Wardrobe, Sanitary Fair
ca. 1864
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Jan. 29-Oct. 17, 2010
Artworks and historical objects celebrating the contribution of women to the mid-19th-century "Sanitary Movement," including a rare doll featuring an elaborate trousseau made by a woman named Eliza Lefferts, engravings by Winslow Homer depicting women during wartime, and a rare autograph book compiled by Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt
Curator: Catherine J. Morris

New Orleans artist Miss Pussycat
New Orleans Museum of Art
Jan. 29-May 2, 2010
Focusing on New Orleans performance artists Miss Pussycat and Quintron, via a new video by Miss Pussycat, a display of Miss Pussycat’s puppets, an original music album by Quintron that will be recorded entirely on-site at the museum, and a display of Quintron’s patented light-activated drum kit
Curator: Miranda Lash

Tabaimo
Dolefullhouse
2007
© Tabaimo/Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jan. 29, 2010-Apr. 11, 2010
PMA does its part for "Philagrafika 2010," an international festival focusing on the role of the "printed image in contemporary art," with presentations of works by Japanese artist Tabaimo (b. 1975) and Colombian artist Óscar Muñoz (b. 1951) (other institutions participating in "Philagrafika" are Moore College of Art & Design; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA); Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Tyler School of Art)
Curator: Shelley R. Langdale
Funding: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

Artist Tino Sehgal (right) with dealer and writer Xavier LaBoulbenne
Guggenheim Museum
Jan. 29-Mar. 10, 2010
Two works by the "dematerialist" performance artist and choreographer, which form a "mise-en-scène" that occupies the entire museum's signature Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, entailing that the entire area be emptied of art except for Sehgal’s ephemeral spectacles
Funding: International Director’s Council of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, others

Andre Kertesz
‘Eiffel Tower, Summer Storm’
1927
International Center of Photography
Jan. 29-May 9, 2010
150+ photographs, films, books, periodicals and Surrealist ephemera illustrating real and imaginary versions of Paris, from the likes of Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, Dora Maar and Man Ray
Curator: Terry Lichtenstein
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tenn.

Matthew Barney
CREMASTER 4 (still)
1994
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Oh.
Jan. 30-Apr. 11, 2010
Just in time for the Super Bowl, an exploration of the connection between sports and masculinity via 70 artworks by 21 different artists: Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Harun Farocki, Andreas Gursky, Douglas Gordon, David Hammons, Brian Jungen, Byron Kim, Jeff Koons, Cary Leibowitz, Glenn Ligon, Kori Newkirk, Catherine Opie, Philippe Parreno, Paul Pfeiffer, Collier Schorr, Joe Sola, Sam Taylor-Wood, Hank Willis Thomas and Jonas Wood
Curator: Christopher Bedford
Catalogue: Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, 72 pp., $22.95
Curator: Juliet Kinchin

Diego Rivera
Chester Dale
1945
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
Jan. 31, 2010-July 31, 2011
81 paintings bequeathed to the NGA by Wall Street investor Chester Dale in 1962
Curator: Kimberly A. Jones
Catalogue:  188 pp., $50
Funding: United Technologies Corporation