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TWENTY TOP SHOWS

Limbourg brothers
The Duke of Berry on a Journey (detail)
1405–8/9
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mar. 2-June 13, 2010
Exhibiting all the leaves of the illuminated manuscript known as the Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) by the Limbourg Brothers, alongside precious objects from the same early-15th-century courtly milieu
Curator: Timothy B. Husband
Catalogue: $65, 388 pp.
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Getty Center, Los Angeles

Jeff Koons
One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank
1985
Dakis Joannou Collection
New Museum
Mar. 3-June 6, 2010
The much-debated debut of Jeff Koons as curator brings 100+ works by star artists from the collection of Greek magnate Dakis Joannou, including David Altmejd, Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Nathalie Djurberg, Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Terence Koh, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Kiki Smith, Christiana Soulou, Jannis Varelas, Kara Walker and Andro Wekua
Curator: Jeff Koons
Catalogue: contributions by Nicolas Bourriaud, Jeffrey Deitch, Peter Halley, Nancy Spector and Lynne Tillman, plus Jeff Koons interviewed by Lisa Phillips

Nadia Myre’s "The Scar Project" on view at Gallery Art Mur
National Museum of the American Indian
Mar. 6-Aug. 1, 2010
First installation of a two-part show focusing on skin as a metaphor for identity, via the mixed-media work of Sonya Kelliher-Combs, which incorporates animal innards, and Nadia Myre’s "The Scar Project," consisting of hundreds of canvases each telling an individual "scar story"
Curator: Kathleen Ash-Milby
Catalogue: $23.95, 136 pp.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Girl at a Window
1645
© Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery
Frick Collection
Mar. 9-May 30, 2010
Works from the 200-year-old London museum by Rembrandt, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Peter Lely, Canaletto, Gerrit Dou, Antoine Watteau, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Nicolas Poussin
Curators: Colin B. Bailey, Xavier F. Salomon
Catalogue: $16.95, 72 pp.
Funding: Christie's, Melvin R. Seiden, others

Otto Dix
Portrait of the Lawyer Dr. Hugo Simons
1925
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Neue Galerie
Mar. 11-Aug. 30, 2010
100+ works by the German Expressionist, organized in four sections, addressing the trauma of war, portraiture, sexuality and religion
Curator: Olaf Peters
Catalogue: $55, 220 pp.

Robin Rhode
Untitled (from the "Hayward Series")
2008
White Cube
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Mar. 11–June 6, 2010
Solo show dedicated to the South African contemporary artist known for scrappy wall drawings and playfully low-fi animations

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Mitsukuni Defies a Skeleton Specter (detail)
1845-46
British Museum
 Photo © Trustees of the British Museum
Japan Society
Mar. 12-June 13, 2010
130+ images by ukeyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (ca. 1797-1861) -- an artist considered to be an influence on today’s manga art -- featuring giant spiders, skeletons and toads, women warriors, ghosts and samurai combat
Curator: Timothy Clark
Catalogue: 300 pp.
Funding: Chris A. Wachenheim, Edward and Anne Studzinski, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council

Mike Kelley
Craft Morphology Flow Chart
1991
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Mar. 13-Sept. 5, 2010
The MCA collects in depth: concentrations of works by Vito Acconci, Richard Artschwager, Matthew Barney, Alfredo Jaar, Mike Kelley, Sharon Lockhart, Richard Long, Richard Prince, Lorna Simpson, Tony Tasset and Gillian Wearing
Curator: Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Funding: Judith Neisser

Final illustration for title page of Curious George (1941)
Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Jewish Museum
Mar. 14-Aug. 1, 2010
60 drawings and preparatory dummies for Margret and H. A. Rey’s famous children’s books, alongside documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1940
Curator: Claudia Nahson
Funding: Estate of Lore Ross

Marina Abramovic
Portrait with Flowers
2009
Photo by Marco Anelli
© 2010 Marina Abramovic
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
Museum of Modern Art
Mar. 14-May 31, 2010
Full-career retrospective of seminal performance artist Marina Abramovic, featuring records of ca. 50 early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo and collaborative performances, along with live re-performances of Abramovic’s works by interpreters, and a new work performed by the artist herself
Curator: Klaus Biesenbach
Catalogue: $50, 224 pp.
Funding: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art, others

Pierre Gauvreau
Colloque exhubérant (Exhuberant Conversation)
1944
Collection of Françoise Sullivan
© Pierre Gauvreau / Artists Rights Society
Photograph by Daniel Roussel
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Mar. 19-May 30, 2010
60 paintings and works on paper by members of "Canada’s first truly avant-garde art movement," the Surrealist-influenced Automatistes
Curators: Roald Nasgaard, Fernand Leduc, with special section organized by Holly E. Hughes
Catalogue: $50, 160 pp.
Funding: Varley-McKay Art Foundation, private donors, Roche & Co., LTD, Hodgson Russ LLP, Rogers Communications Inc.
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, Ontario

Henri Matisse
Bathers by a River
1909, 1913, 1916
Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection
© 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society
Art Institute of Chicago
Mar. 20-June 20, 2010
Ca. 120 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints by Henri Matisse, alongside etchings, engravings and monotypes, as well as the little-known series "Civil Prisoners of Bohain-en-Vermandois"
Curator: Stephanie D’Alessandro, John Elderfield
Catalogue: $65, 368 pp.
Tour: This show next appears at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 18-Oct. 11, 2010
Funding: Harris Family Foundation: Katherine P. Harris, Caryn and King Harris, Toni and Ron Paul, Pam and Joe Szokol, Linda and Bill Friend, Stephanie and John Harris

Alice Neel
Hartley
1966
National Gallery of Art
© Estate of Alice Neel
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Mar. 21-June 13, 2010
68 paintings by Alice Neel (1900-1984), presented as part of the MFAH’s "American Season" of monographic shows dedicated to important American artists
Curators: Barry Walker, Jeremy Lewison
Catalogue: $65, 296 pp.
Funding: The National Endowment for the Arts, Cheri and Jim Flores, Franci and Jim Crane, Jeff Fort and Marion Barthelme, Barbara and Michael Gamson, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. Margolis, Victoria Miro Gallery, others

Hendrick Avercamp
Skaters and Tents along the Ice
ca. 1620
Frans Hals Museum, on loan from private collection
National Gallery of Art
Mar. 21-July 5, 2010
15 paintings and 20 drawings by Dutch Golden Age painter Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634), the first artist to specialize in winter landscapes
Curators: Pieter Roelofs, Marijn Schapelhouman
Catalogue: 190 pp.
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Studies of Billboards, Office of Venturi and Rauch Architects, Philadelphia 1968
© Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Philadelphia
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Mar. 21-June 20, 2010
Research materials from the archives of Pop architecture firm Venturi Scott Brown Associates, including 80+ photos and films that were distilled into the 1972 textbook of Postmodernist esthetics, Learning From Las Vegas
Curator: Martino Stierli, Hilar Stadler, Peter Fischli, Philipp Kaiser
Catalogue: $49, 193 pp.
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Museum im Bellpark, Kriens, Switzerland; Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany; and the Yale School of Architecture, Connecticut
Funding: Ron Burkle Endowment for Architecture and Design Programs

The Allure of the Automobile (Skira Rizzoli, 2010)
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Mar. 21-June 20, 2010
18 of the world's sexiest cars, dating from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, including "masterpieces" by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari
Curator: Ken Gross
Catalogue: $40, 144 pp.
Funding: Porsche, others

Leonardo da Vinci
Studies for the Christ Child with a Lamb (recto); Head of an Old Man, and Studies of Machinery (verso)
ca. 1503-1506
Getty Center
Getty Center
March 23-June 20, 2010
17 drawings by Leonardo along with sculptures by seminal Renaissance masters Donatello, Andrea del Verrocchio and Giovan Francesco Rustici
Curators: Gary M. Radke, Julian Brooks, Anne-Lise Desmas
Catalogue: $50
Tour: This show has already appeared at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, as "Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius"

George Segal
The Tar Roofer
1964
Walker Art Center
Walker Art Center
Mar. 25-Oct. 24, 2010
ca. 100 works of art made in the politically turbulent, artistically fertile year of 1964, including pieces by Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, George Segal, Andy Warhol, others
Curator: Siri Engberg
Funding: John L. Thomson and Ellie and Tom Crosby, Jr.

Douglas Gordon
Bootleg (Empire)
1998
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Museum
Mar. 26-Sept. 6, 2010
Focusing on "dated, passé, or quasi-extinct stylistic devices, subject matter, and technologies" in recent photography and video, via work from Marina Abramovic, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sophie Calle, Gregory Crewdson, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roni Horn, Zoe Leonard, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall and Andy Warhol
Curators: Jennifer Blessing, Nat Trotman
Catalogue: $50, 208 pp.

Incense burner with a deity with aquatic elements
AD 700-750
Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes -- Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Museo de Sitio de la Zona Arqueológia de Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Peabody Essex Museum
Mar. 27-July 18, 2010
90+ works, exploring the relationship of Maya culture to the sea
Curator: Daniel Finamore
Catalogue: $65, 328 pp.
Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities, ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations)
Tour: This show also appears at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, and the Saint Louis Art Museum




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