TWENTY TOP SHOWS

Frederick H. Evans
Winchester Cathedral: The Nave, West
1883
J. Paul Getty Museum
© Mrs. Janet M. Stenner
Getty Center
Feb. 2-June 6, 2010
Exploring the pioneering work of British photographer Frederick H. Evans (British, 1853–1943), from his famous pictures of cathedrals to his less-known explorations of photomicrography (photography made using a microscope)
Curator: Anne Lyden

Marie-Blanche-Hennelle Fournier
Untitled page from the Madame B Album
1870s
Art Institute of Chicago
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Feb. 2, 2010-May 9, 2010
Forty-eight works from the 1850s and 1860s, focusing on the phenomenon of collages made by aristocratic Victorian women
Curators: Elizabeth Siegel, Malcolm Daniel
Catalogue: 200 pp., $45
Funding: Hite Foundation
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Art Institute of Chicago

Nicholas Garland
America's Nightmare -- after Fuseli
2006
Appeared in Daily Telegraph, Feb. 16, 2006
Courtesy of the artist
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
Feb. 4-May 16, 2010
Exploring the history of political caricature from Daumier and his contemporaries to cartoonists working under the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies
Curator: Neil McWilliam

Joris Laarman
Bone Chair
2006
Manufactured by Joris Laarman Studio
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
Feb. 5, 2010-ongoing
Exploring the "overlooked dimension of temporality" in design, via objects like Ingo Maurer’s Porca Miseria! chandelier, Ammar Eloueini’s CoReFab chair, Christien Meindertsma’s book PIG 05049, and many other objects
Curators: Paola Antonelli, Patricia Juncosa-Vecchierini

Katarzyna Kozyra
Summertale
2008
MIT List Visual Art Center
Feb. 5, 2010-Apr. 4, 2010
Videos, installations, photographs, and performances exploring cross-dressing as a part of contemporary art practice, from Charles Atlas, Matthew Barney, Claude Cahun, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, Marcel Duchamp, Michelle Handelman, John Kelly, Katarzyna Kozyra, Kalup Linzy, Ma Liuming, Manon, Pierre Molinier, Yasumasa Morimura, Brian O’Doherty, Ryan Trecartin, and Andy Warhol
Curator: Michael Rush
Funding: Council for the Arts at MIT, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Martin E. Zimmerman. Media sponsor: Phoenix Media/Communications Group

Luc Tuymans
The Secretary of State
2005
Museum of Modern Art
© Luc Tuymans
Photo courtesy David Zwirner
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Feb. 6-May 2, 2010
ca. 75 key paintings from 1985 to the present by the Belgian painter of photographs
Curators: Madeleine Grynsztejn, Helen Molesworth
Catalogue: 228 pp., $60
Funding: Bruce and Martha Atwater, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, Flanders House, SFMOMA's Collectors Forum
Tour: Wexner Center for the Arts, Sept. 17, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010

Ryan Gander
A sheet of paper on which I was about to draw, as it slipped from my table and fell to the floor
2008
Installation view Heralded as the New Black, IKON Gallery
Photo by Jerry Hardman-Jones
Courtesy of artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Feb. 6-May 30, 2010
Exploring the idea of the artist’s studio as an art subject, via multi-channel video projections, photographic light-boxes and installations and life-sized fabrications of artists' studios
Curator: Dominic Molon

Alex Katz
Paul Taylor Dance Co. Last Look 26
1985
© Alex Katz /Licensed by VAGA
Parrish Art Museum
Feb. 7-Apr. 4, 2010
Fifty figurative works and landscapes in a wide range of materials and media including pencil, ink, oil stick, and charcoal, drawings, prints and paintings
Curator: David Moos
Catalogue: 104 pp., $45
Funding: Stacy and Douglas Polley, Marcia and Jonathan Sobel
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Gallery at the Windsor, Vero Beach, Fla.

Confucius lecturing to His Disciples (detail)
Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Confucius Museum in Qufu
China Institute
Feb. 11-June 13, 2010
Paintings, bronzes, clothes, other objects associated with Confucius, exploring the life, teachings, and posthumous veneration of the great Chinese philosopher
Curators: Lu Wensheng, Julia Murray

Anish Kapoor
Ascension (Red)
2009
© Anish Kapoor
Guggenheim Museum
Feb. 12-Apr. 28, 2010
Proposals for "dream interventions" into the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum space by 200+ artists, architects and designers, solicited for the occasion of the building’s 50th anniversary
Curators: Nancy Spector, David van der Leer
Funding: Leadership Committee for "Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum"

Mummy Mask of a Man
Egypt, provenance not known
Roman Period, early 1st century C.E.
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum
Feb. 12-May 2, 2010
100+ artifacts exploring how ancient Egyptians prepared for the afterlife: the Bird Lady; a painted limestone relief of Queen Neferu; a gilded mummy cartonnage of a woman; the shroud of Neferhotep; a gilded mummy mask of a man; and a gold amulet representing the human soul
Curator: Edward Bleiberg
Catalogue: contributions by Edward Bleiberg, Kathlyn M. Cooney
Fund: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, Fred and Diana Elghanayan, Magda Saleh and Jack Josephson

John Singer Sargent
Mrs. Joshua Montgomery Sears (Sarah Choate Sears)
1899
Museum of Fine Art, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Feb. 14-various dates
The MFAH opens five exhibitions simultaneously, focusing on four greats of American art: "Prendergast in Italy" (closes May 9, 2010); "Sargent and the Sea," (closes May 23, 2010); "Houston´s Sargents" (closes May 9, 2010); "Alice Neel: Painted Truths" (closes June 13, 2010); "The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture" (closes August 29, 2010)

Giovanni Boldini
Crossing the Street
1875
Clark Art Institute
Clark Art Institute
Feb. 14-Apr. 25, 2010
The early life and work of Italian portraitist Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931)
Curator: Sarah Lees
Catalogue: 232 pp., $60
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, Italy, Sept. 20, 2009-Jan. 10, 2010

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Girl in a Red Ruff
 1896
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Feb. 14-May 9, 2010
Focusing on Renoir’s late paintings, which were "decorative, classical, and informed by a highly personal interpretation of the Great Tradition"
Curators: J. Patrice Marandel, Claudia Einecke, Sylvie Patry
Catalogue:  480 pp., $85
Funding: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Grand Palais, Paris; it continues to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 12-Sept. 5, 2010

Astrolabe made for Queen Elizabeth I, from "Compass and Rule"
Yale Center for British Art
Feb. 18-May 30, 2010
Exploring "the role of mathematics in the transformation of both architectural design and the role of the architect" during the English Renaissance, via Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, and a cast of less-familiar characters
Curator: Elisabeth Fairman
Catalogue: 192 pp., $65
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford

Pablo Picasso
Three Musicians
1921
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Works by Pablo Picasso from the years 1905 and 1945, alongside pieces by Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Patrick Henry Bruce and Man Ray
Curator: Michael Taylor
Funding: GlaxoSmithKline, others

Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Couch For a Long Time
2009
Collection of the artist; courtesy Small A Projects and Derek Eller Gallery
Photograph by Dan Kvitka
Whitney Museum of American Art
Feb. 25-May 30, 2010
The always controversial survey of American art features just 55 artists this year, more than half of them women
Curators: Francesco Bonami, Gary Carrion-Murayari
Catlogue: 256 pp., $45
Funding: Deutsche Bank, Sotheby’s

Hollis Frampton
Nostalgia (still)
1971
Rubin Film/Video Study Collection
Walker Art Center
Feb. 27-May 23, 2010
Works from the early 1950s to brand-new commissions by "artists who revolted against the esthetic orthodoxies of their time": Francis Bacon, Lynda Benglis, Anthony Caro, John Chamberlain, Sarah Charlesworth, Bruce Conner, Willem de Kooning, Hollis Frampton, Lucio Fontana, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Rachel Harrison, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Yayoi Kusama, Paul McCarthy, Robert Motherwell, Otto Mühl, Cady Noland, Gedi Sibony, Paul Sietsema, Kara Walker, Andro Wekua and Cathy Wilkes
Curator: Yasmil Raymond
Funding: Michael Peel, Lisa and Pat Denzer, Leni and David Moore, Jr., Robert Lehman Foundation

Luisa Lambri
Untitled (Sheats-Goldstein House, #38)
2007
Hammer Museum, UCLA
Feb. 27-June 13, 2010
Photographs by Italian artist Luisa Lambri (b. 1969), focusing on details of the houses of Southern California architect John Lautner – specifically, the windows
Curator: Douglas Fogle

Attributed to Juan Martínez Montañés
Immaculate Conception (la Purisma)
ca. 1628
Church of the Anunciación, Seville University
© Photo Imagen M.A.S. Reproduction courtesy of Universidad de Seville
National Gallery of Art
Feb. 28-May 31, 2010
Seventieth-century masterpieces by painters Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán and Francisco Pacheco, alongside painted and gilded sculptures by Gregorio Fernández, Juan Martínez Montañés, Pedro de Mena, others
Curator: Xavier Bray
Catalogue: 224 pp., $65
Funding: Robert H. Smith, Charles Engelhard Foundation, anonymous donor
Tour: This show has already been seen at the National Gallery, London