TWENTY TOP SHOWS

Persian calligraphy from a Mughal album
Savafid, 16th century/
Mughal, 17th century
Brooklyn Museum
June 5-Sept. 6, 2009
24 Sufi objects, ranging from a 13th-century jewel-encrusted silver beggar’s bowl for collecting alms to a contemporary glass book by Brooklyn artist Kelly Driscoll inscribed with  the mystical verses of Jalal al-Din Rumi, presented on the occasion of the reinstallation of the museum’s Islamic galleries, and on the occasion of a ten-day Islamic culture festival in New York City
Curator: Ladan Akbarnia

Jackson Pollock
Ocean Greyness
1953
Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Museum
June 5-Sept. 2, 2009
Karel Appel, Alberto Burri, Eduardo Chillida, Willem de Kooning, Jean Dubuffet, Jimmy Ernst, Hans Hartung, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tapies, others, acquired by one-time Gugg director James Johnson Sweeney, who ruled the museum from 1952 to 1960
Curator:Tracey Bashkoff

Hubert Robert
Fantastic View of Tivoli
1789
Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum
June 10-Oct. 18, 2009
For this idiosyncratic show, the St. Louis Art Museum is transforming one of its main galleries into a painting conservation lab, where visitors can observe conservator Mark Bockrath restore three Hubert Robert  paintings, The Obelisk, The Ruin and Fantastic View of Tivoli
Curator: Judith Mann
Funding: Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Claude Monet
The Japanese Footbridge
ca. 1920-22
Museum of Modern Art
High Museum of Art
June 6-Aug. 23, 2009
Four Monet works lent by the Museum of Modern Art, including his epic 42-foot-wide triptych, Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond, which "inspires a sense of serenity, meditation, and the infinite"
Curator: Ann Temkin
Tour: The paintings subsequently appear at MoMA, Sept. 13, 2009-Mar. 29, 2010

Gyula Kosice
La Ciudad Hidroespacial
1946-72
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
June 7-Sept. 27, 2009
Showcases 80+ acquisitions of Latin-American art, including works by Julio Alpuy, Antonio Berni, Marta Boto, Lygia Clark, Waldemar Cordeiro, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gabriel de la Mora, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Gego, Beatriz González, José Gurvich, Alfredo Jaar, Frida Kahlo, Teresa Margolles, Roberto Matta, Oscar Muñoz, Roberto Obregón, Hélio Oiticica, Miguel Angel Ríos, Luis Sacilotto, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Carmelo Sobrino, Xul Solar, Jesús Rafael Soto, Joaquín Torres-García, Alfredo Volpi and Franz Weissman
Curator: Mari Carmen Ramírez, Gilbert Vicario
Funding: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Mrs. Linnet F. Deily, others

Jules Dalou
Statue of Rosalind, 9th Countess of Carlisle
1872
Castle Howard Estate Ltd
Yale Center for British Art
June 11-Aug. 23, 2009
A radical who fled Paris during the revolution in 1871, the French sculptor Jules Dalou (1838-1902) found his home, ironically, among the British aristocracy, for whom he made detailed table-top sculptures on the theme of modern womanhood
Curator: Cassandra Albinson
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Hosokawa Sansai (aka Tadaoki)
Sake bottle and food box set in the shape of an eggplant
Japan, Edo period, 1615-1868
Eisei-Bunko Museum
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
June 12-Sept. 20, 2009
An intimate look at Samurai culture via more than 160 works -- suits of armor, swords and guns, calligraphy, paintings, teaware, masks and more -- from the collection of the Hosokawa, a 600-year-old military clan, in the first U.S. showing of the material

Nat Finkelstein’s Andy Double Tambourine (detail), ca. 1966, advertising "Warhol Live" at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh
Andy Warhol Museum
June 14-Sept. 13, 2009
Warhol as producer, filmmaker, interviewer, publicist, glam rocker and celebrity, via 640 objects, in a show co-organized with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Curators: Stephane Aquin, Emma Lavigne, Matt Wrbican

Master of the Morgan Leaf
Scenes from the Life of David
ca. 1160-80
Winchester Bible
Cathedral Priory of St. Swithin
Morgan Library & Museum
June 19-Sept. 13, 2009
50 leaves from Medieval illuminated manuscripts in Pierpont Morgan’s collection, dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries, including what is described as the finest leaf from the celebrated Winchester Bible
Funding: T. Robert Burke and Katherine States Burke, Melvin R. Seiden, anonymous donor

Jenny Saville
Hyphen
1999
Phillips Collection
June 20-Sept. 13, 2009
Surveying figurative painting since the 1950s via 43 works by 33 artists, ranging from Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon to Eric Fischl and Jenny Saville, in a show organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville
Curator: Mark W. Scala
Catalogue: 126 pp., $29.95
Tour: Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010

Larry Johnson
Untitled (Classically Tragic Story)
1991
Hammer Museum
June 21-Sept. 6, 2009
The first full survey of the Los Angeles artist’s work presents 60 color photographs, dating from 1982 to the present, plumbing the glossy depths of Hollywood culture. The show includes a new edition, specially made for the show, whose sale supports the Hammer’s exhibition programs.
Curator: Russell Ferguson
Catalogue: 140 pp., Prestel

Bactrian folding gold crown
first century A.D.
Tillya Tepe, Afghanistan
National Museum, Kabul
Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 23-Sept. 20, 2009
Spectacular objects unearthed from four sites in Afghanistan: gold vessels from the Bronze Age hoard at Tepe Fullol; architectural elements and sculptures from the Hellenistic city of Aï Khanum; Indian-style ivories, Roman glass and other goods, traded along the Silk Road, from a site at Begram; and turquoise-inlaid gold jewelry and luxury objects from the first-century nomadic tombs at Tillya Tepe
Curator: Fredrik Hiebert
Catalogue: $30, 304 pp.
Funding: Raymond and Beverly Sackler, National Endowment for the Arts
Tour: This show has already appeared at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Salvador Dalí
Retrospective Bust of a Woman
1933
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
June 24, 2009-Jan. 4, 2010
Fun for the summer! Titillating objects from  the Museum of Modern Art collection, including Salvador Dalí's Retrospective Bust of a Woman (1933) and Meret Oppenheim's fur-lined teacup (1936)
Curators: Anne Umland, Veronica Roberts
Funding: BNP Paribas

Jasper Johns
Target
1958
National Gallery of Art
Seattle Art Museum
June 25-Sept. 7, 2009
70-plus paintings by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, as well as lesser-known peers from the international post-war avant-garde
Curator: Michael Darling

Dan Graham performing Performer/Audience/Mirror at P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art
Long Island City, NY, 1977
Whitney Museum of American Art
June 25-Oct. 11, 2009
The touring survey of works by conceptual artist and punk-rock chronicler Dan Graham, from early conceptual projects and performances, films and videos to architectural projects and pavilions, and collaborations with Sonic Youth and Japanther
Curators: Chrissie Iles, Bennett Simpson
Catalogue: $44.95, 384 pp.
Tour: This show has appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; it continues to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Nov. 2009-Feb. 2010

Filippo and Francesco Negroli
Parade burgonet of Emperor Charles V
Milan, 1545
Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid<
National Gallery of Art
June 28-Nov. 1, 2009
75 artifacts from the Spanish Royal Armory, shown alongside portraits of rulers dressed in the same armor, painted by Alonso Sánchez Coello, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Diego Velázquez and others, in a show co-organized with the State Corporation for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad (SEACEX) and the Patrimonio Nacional of Spain

Hasegawa Soya
Willow Bridge and Waterwheel
ca. 1650
Art Institute of Chicago
June 26-Sept. 27, 2009
32 works of art on Japanese folding screens, from the 16th century to our own time
Curator: Janice Katz
Catalogue: 216 pp., $55
Funding: E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Tour: Saint Louis Art Museum, Oct. 18, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010

Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea
Yale University Press, 2009
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
June 28-Sept. 20, 2009
Spotlighting the generation of Korean artists who have emerged since the mid-1980s, via site-specific installations, video, computer animation and sculpture
Curators: Lynn Zelevansky, Christine Starkman, Kim Sunjung, Hyonjeong Kim Han
Catalogue: 204 pp., $50
Funding: Korea Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Tour: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nov. 22, 2009-Feb. 4, 2010

MOS
Afterparty
P.S.1
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
June 28-Sept. 28, 2009
This summer’s special "Young Artists Program installation at P.S.1 in Queens is courtesy of the New Haven- and Cambridge-based architectural firm MOS, whose Afterparty is an "urban shelter" featuring hut-like chimneys and a structure inspired by Bedoin tents
Curator: Andres Lepik
Funding: Bloomberg, others

James Ensor
Masks Confronting Death
1888
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
June 28-Sept. 21, 2009
Approximately 120 works in a thoroughgoing exploration of Ensor’s use of themes now considered central to the notion of modernity: allegory, satire, carnival, performance, masking, role-playing and more
Curator: Anna Swinbourne
Tour: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, October 2009-February 2010
Funding: Flanders House, others