Nek Chand
ca. 1984
American Folk Art Museum
American Folk Art Museum
Apr. 4-Sept. 24, 2006
31 sculptures by the self-taught artist Nek Chand (b. 1924) in an installation that recreates the form of his monumental 25-acre Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India, the "world's largest and most significant folk art environment"
Curators: Brooke Davis Anderson, Lee Kogan, Juliana Driever
Funding: Gerard C. Wertkin Exhibition Fund

Gustav Klimt
Bildnis Adele Bloch-Bauer
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Apr. 4-June 30, 2006
Five paintings by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), recently returned by the Austrian government to the family of Los Angeles resident Maria Altmann, including the iconic portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Funding: Broad Art Foundation, Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Nancy and Dick Riordan, AT&T, Herta and Paul Amir, Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation, Kathy and Frank Baxter, Gordon Family Foundation, Ellen and Andrew Hauptman, Nina and Bobby Kotick, Robert F. Maguire III Family, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Ted Slavin and Patricia Rubin, Terry and Lionel Bell, Lee and Lawrence Ramer, Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation
Also on view: "Consider This. . .," Apr. 9, 2006-Jan. 15, 2007; "Glass: Material Matters," Apr. 30-Dec. 10, 2006

Edward Lamson Henry
The First Railroad Train on the Mohawk and Hudson Road
Albany Institute of History and Art
New York Historical Society
Apr. 4-Aug. 6, 2006
21 paintings and drawings featuring idealized depictions of the later 19th century by Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919)
Curator: Amy Kurtz Lansing
Catalogue; 56 pp., $18.50
Funding: Friends of American Arts at Yale, Eugenie Prendergast Fund for American Art
Tour: The show originated at the Yale University Art Galleries

Howardena Pindell
Untitled #2
Studio Museum in Harlem
Apr. 5–July 2, 2006
15 African-American artists working with an abstract vocabulary, including Sam Gilliam, William T. Williams, Al Loving, Joe Overstreet, Howardena Pindell
Curator: Kellie Jones
Funding: Henry Luce Foundation

Armored Cavalryman, Tibetan, with Bhutanese, Nepalese and Chinese elements
18th-19th century
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 5-July 2, 2006
Rare Tibetan helmets, body armor, swords, horse armor, saddles and stirrups from the 13th to the 20th century
Curator: Donald J. LaRocca
Catalogue: 320 pp., $75
Funding: Brine Family Charitable Trust

Mike Hoolboom
Still from Imitations of Life
P.S.1 MoMA
Apr. 6-May 29, 2006 
Sculptures, paintings, films and installations that address documentary impulse, from Christoph Büchel, Willie Doherty, Christoph Draeger, Robert Frank, Philipp Gasser, Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Eric Hattan, Mike Hoolboom, Rémy Markowitsch, Guido Nussbaum, Anri Sala, Ingrid Wildi and Uwe Wittwer
Curator: Claudia Spinelli
Catalogue: 208 pp., $29
Funding: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Re, Swiss Roots, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Tour: This show has already been seen at Château de Nyon in Switzerland

Rembrandt van Rijn
Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses
David Tunick, Inc., New York
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Apr. 7-June 11, 2006
33 works on paper and one etching plate from the Loeb collection, along with five loaned works and two drawings
Curator: Patricia Phagan
Catalogue: "The Felix M. Warburg Print Collection: A Legacy of Discernment," 189 pp.
Funding: Smart Family Foundation

John La Farge
Chinese Pi-Tong
ca. 1879
Fogg Art Museum
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge
Apr. 8-June 25, 2006
50+ works, including a preparatory study for Faith, Hope, and Charity by John La Farge, Winslow Homer’s Adirondack Lake, Helen Torr's impasto-like gouache of Zinnias, William Merritt Chase's pastel Self-Portrait, Willem de Kooning’s Reclining Woman, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Portrait -- Black, and many other classic American works
Curators: Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Virginia Anderson

Andy Warhol
Camouflage Self Portrait
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Apr. 8-Sept. 30, 2006
Joseph Beuys’ Felt Suit, Victor Grippo’s Analogy I, Thomas Hirschhorn’s Camo-Outgrowth (Winter) and Andy Warhol’s Camouflage Self-Portrait, all new acquisitions, in the first of a new "Notations" series, organized by new PMA curator Carlos Basualdo
Curator: Carlos Basualdo
Also on view: "Fit for a Princess: Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress," Apr. 1-May 21, 2006; "Someone’s in the Kitchen," Apr. 22-Sept. 30, 2006

Paolo Veronese
Mars and Venus United by Love
ca. 1570
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Frick Collection
Apr. 11-July 16, 2006
Five large-scale allegorical compositions by Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), all from U.S. museums and shown together for the first time
Curators: Xavier F. Salomon, Denise Allen
Funding: Christian Humann Foundation, others

The Luncheon of the Boating Party
ca. 1881
Phillips Collection
Phillips Collection
Apr. 15-July 30, 2006
Renoir’s iconic The Boating Party -- along with ca. 60 works by European masters such as Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso -- returns to the Phillips Collection following a four-year world tour
Curator: Eliza Rathbone
Funding: Lockheed Martin

Lorna Simpson
Call Waiting
Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Apr. 16-July 10, 2006
Works incorporating image and text, photos on felt, film installations and a seven-part projection, along with Simpson’s most recent photographic work
Curator: Helaine Posner
Catalogue: 159 pp., $45, contributions by Hilton Als, Okwui Enwezor, Thelma Golden, Isaac Julien, Shamim M. Momin, Helaine Posner,
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Peter Norton Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation, Emily Fisher Landau, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation

Jar with two horned-and-plumed serpents, macaw-head motifs, and birds
A.D. 1280–1450
Private Collection
Art Institute of Chicago
Apr. 22-Aug. 13, 2006
Casas Grandes ceramics from the American Southwest and Northwestern Mexico, ca. 1250-1450
Curator: Richard Townsend
Catalogue: 208 pp., $45
Funding: Joanne M. and Clarence E. Spanjer Fund

Maya Lin’s 2x4 Landscape (in progress)
Photo: Colleen Chartier
Image courtesy of the Henry Art Gallery and Gagosian Gallery
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Apr. 22-Oct. 1, 2006
A trio of large-scale sculptural installations: 2x4 Landscape, a wave built of 65,000 boards; Wire Landscape, a distorted wire grid in space; and Landscape³, modeling an actual mountain range near the artist's Colorado home
Curator: Richard Andrews
Funding: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, Boeing Company, PONCHO, donors to the Special Exhibition Initiative

Kurt Schwitters
Merz 316. Ische Gelb
Yale University Art Gallery
UCLA Hammer Museum
Apr. 23-Aug. 20, 2006
Ca. 200 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the Société Anonyme Collection (formed by Katherine S. Dreier and Marcel Duchamp to disseminate modern art in America), with pieces by Josef Albers, Alexander Archipenko, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Louis Eilshemius, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Arshile Gorky, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Stella, Jacques Villon, others
Curators: Jennifer Gross, Susan Greenberg
Catalogue: 252 pp., $65
Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, others
Tour: Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., Oct. 14, 2006-Jan. 21, 2007; Dallas Museum of Art, June 10-Sep. 16, 2007; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Oct. 26, 2007-Feb. 3, 2008; Yale University Art Gallery, Fall 2010

Sharon Lockhart
Film still from Pine Flat
Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, Blum & Poe and neugerriemschneider
Walker Art Center
Apr. 23-July 16, 2006
Site-specific installation created by architectural firm EscherGuneWardena, housing 19 photographs and 12 ten-minute film loops by Lockhart dissecting the culture of a small town located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains
Curators: Joan Rothfuss, Yasmil Raymond Ventura
Catalogue: contributions by Kathy Halbreich, Linda Norden, Frances Stark
Funding: Andrew S. Duff
Tour: Arthur M. Sackler Museum; Museu do Chiado, Lisbon

James Turrell
Untitled from Deep Sky
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Apr. 23-Oct. 15, 2006
400 works from the collection of print publisher Peter Blum, including multi-sheet portfolios that function as "exhibitions in boxes," by John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Eric Fischl, Jonathan Borofsky, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Martin Disler, A.R. Penck, Rolf Winnewisser, Alex Katz, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Brice Marden, James Turrell, others, in what is described as "the largest museum exhibition ever devoted to the graphic arts of the late 20th century"
Curator: Barry Walker
Catalogue: 304 pp., $75
Funding: Deutsche Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Fifth Floor Foundation

Lee Mullican
Section from the Burlap Plain
Estate of Lee Mullican
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Apr. 25-July 15, 2006
Ca. 75 paintings and works on paper, along with several sculptures, from the Los Angeles-based artist Lee Mullican (1919–1998)
Curator: Carol S. Eliel
Catalogue: 136 pp., $45
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Herta and Paul Amir Art Foundation, Judith Rothschild Foundation
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Betty Woodman
The Ming Sisters
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 25-July 30, 2006
70 examples of early utilitarian objects, large vessel groups, wall installations, paintings and drawings
Curator: Jane Adlin
Catalogue: contributions from Barry Schwabsky, Janet Koplos, Arthur Danto
Funding: Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.

Designer Karim Rashid
photo by Ilan Rubin
Price Tower Arts Center
Apr. 28-Sept. 17, 2006
"Sensual minimalist" furniture, wallcoverings, ceramics, glassware, interiors and graphics by the contemporary master of the biomorphic moderne, along with a site-specific suspended metal "blobject" responding to the space of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Price Tower
Curator: Scott W. Perkins
Funding: Target, Umbra, ConocoPhillips, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts

Chris Ware
Jimmy Corrigan
Milwaukee Art Museum
Apr. 29-Aug. 13, 2006
500+ original drawings from 15 comic book greats, including Winsor McCay, Lyonel Feininger, George Herriman, E.C. Segar, Frank King, Chester Gould, Milton Caniff, Charles Schulz, Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Gary Panter and Chris Ware
Curators: John Carlin, Brian Walker, Michael Darling, Cynthia Burlingham
Catalogue: 328 pp., $45, with contributions from Tom De Haven, Stanley Crouch, Robert Storr, Raymond Pettibon, Matt Groening, Dave Eggers, others
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. It continues to the Jewish Museum and the Newark Museum, Sept. 15, 2006-Jan. 28, 2007

Alessandro Bonvicino known as Moretto
Portrait of a Gentleman
Courtesy of Pinacoteca Civica Tosio-Martinengo, Brescia
Portland (Ore.) Art Museum
Apr. 29-Sep. 17, 2006
35 works from the museums of Brescia, Italy, including portraits, frescos, devotional paintings and altarpieces, large-scale decorative cycles, landscapes and genre painting, from the Renaissance to the 18th century
Curators: Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, Renata Stradiotti,
Also on view: "Hilda Morris," Apr. 15-July 16, 2006

Albrecht Dürer
The Virgin Annunciate
Woodner Collection
National Gallery of Art
Apr. 30-Oct. 1, 2006
Works by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Francisco de Goya, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, others, recently donated to the NGA by Andrea Woodner