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Ed Ruscha, California Grapeskins, 2010, Gagosian Gallery
UCLA Hammer Museum
June 4-Oct. 2, 2011
Eight new paintings on canvas and nine new drawings on museum board, each taking its text from beat poet Jack Kerouac’s visionary On the Road, as well as a copy of Ruscha’s limited edition artist book version of the novel which debuted at New York’s Gagosian Gallery in 2009
Curator: Douglas Fogle
Funding: The Brotman Foundation of California, Lannan Foundation, Michael Rubel and Kristin Rey, others

Lori Nix, Beauty Shop (in progress), 2010, ClampArt Gallery, New York
Museum of Arts and Design
June 7-Sept. 18, 2011
Miniature worlds by 37 contemporary artists, via free-standing sculptures, photographs and animated videos, including Amy Bennett, Oliver Boberg, James Casebere, Joe Fig, Kim Keever, Charles Matton, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, and others
Curator: David McFadden
Catalogue: 272 pp., $45
Funding: Cultural Services of the Quebec Government Office in New York, Mimi Livingston, the Collectors Circle

Corky Lee, Metro area 9/11 vigil in Central Park, 2001, 2001, Queens Museum of Art
Queens Museum of Art
June 8-Aug. 14, 2011
The “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate” (AsianWeek.com) Corky Lee (b. 1947) presents images that focus on post-9/11 immigrant life as part of his ongoing commitment to document the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander American communities living in New York
Curator: Prerana Reddy
Funding: Confucius Institute of Stony Brook University, Asian/Asian American Research Institute of CUNY

Pablo Picasso, Le Baiser (The Kiss), 1969, Musée National Picasso
M.H. de Young Museum
June 11-Oct. 9, 2011
150 of Picasso’s paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, organized chronologically and opening windows on every phase of his career
Curator: Anne Baldassari
Catalogue: Flammarion/Skira, 272 pp., $65
Funding: Bank of the West, Penny and James George Coulter, others
Tour: The exhibition is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and is part of a world tour that began in 2008, with stops at museums in Madrid, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle and Richmond; it opens in Sydney following its run in San Francisco

Chair from Xishangting, Milwaukee Art Museum, Palace Museum, Beijing
Milwaukee Art Museum
June 11-Sept. 11, 2011
For the first time, some 90 objects that China’s last emperor left behind in 1924 in the 180-acre Forbidden City complex of pavilions and gardens within his Beijing palace -- from murals to furniture to garden components -- are removed from the Qianlong Gardens and presented to the public
Curator: Nancy Berliner
Funding: E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, ECHO
Tour: The exhibition has appeared at the Peabody Essex Museum, its co-organizing institution -- along with the Palace Museum, Beijing, and the World Monuments Fund -- and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, The Snobs (from the fashion show), from Wurst Series, 1979
Walker Art Center
June 11, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012
The pop-culture provocateur’s devious intervention into the Walker’s 2009 exhibition “Event Horizon” -- which was designed to change over time at the whim of new curators -- presents 60 works by artists ranging from Richard Artschwager to Fischli & Weiss, as well as a glass vitrine displaying all of the exhibition’s financial records and a soundtrack featuring Waters’ curatorial narration -- recorded in Pig Latin
Curator: John Waters
Funding: The Bust Foundation, Delta

Wassily Kandinsky, Red Oval, 1920, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Phillips Collection
June 11-Sept. 4, 2011
Two major exhibitions present abstract works completed nearly 100 years apart: “Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border” reunites the Russian Bauhaus artist’s 1913 masterpiece, Painting With White Border, with 11 preparatory studies in watercolor, ink, oil and pencil, while “Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series” is the first museum presentation of eight multicolored, wall-mounted sculptures from the dean of "maximalist" abstraction's "Scarlatti Kirkpatrick Series" (2008-2010), inspired by Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti’s harpsichord sonatas and the writings of 20th-century musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick
Curator: (Kandinsky) Elsa Smithgall
Catalogue: (Kandinsky) Yale University Press, 136 pp., $45
Funding: Sotheby’s

Anonymous, Portrait of an Unidentified Courtier in front of a table, China, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Freer and Sackler Galleries
June 11, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012
Presenting 16 painted portraits of imperial men and women, some nearly life-sized -- as well as rare jewelry and household objects -- that offer a glimpse into imperial family life in the latter half of China’s Qing Dynasty
Curator: Stephen Allee

Roxy Paine, Vibrating Field, 1998, Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum
June 11-Sept. 18, 2011
A museum-wide extravaganza that focuses exclusively on the medium of mud and its various creative applications across the globe, featuring eight smaller thematic exhibitions ("Potters of Precision: The Coors Porcelain Company," "Marajó: Ancient Ceramics at the Mouth of the Amazon"), hands-on and live programming with artists, as well as indoor and outdoor visitor workshops and “creation stations”
Funding: Jana and Fred Bartlit, Vicki and Kent Logan, Adolph Coors Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund

Ladislav Sutnar, Výstava moderního obchodu, Brno (Modern Commerce Exhibition, Brno), 1929, Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
June 11-Oct. 9, 2011
Nearly 300 works in photography, photomontage, book and poster design, and household objects, by six Eastern European artists -- John Heartfield, Gustav Klutsis, El Lissitzky, Ladislav Sutnar, Karel Teige and Piet Zwart -- who, in the early 20th-century, advanced the idea that art had a mandate to restructure society
Curator: Matthew S. Witkovsky
Catalogue: 160 pp., $50
Funding: Goldman Sachs, Robert and June Leibowits, Kenneth and Anne Griffin, Thomas and Margot Pritzker, others
Also on view: “Galleries of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas,” June 3, 2011; “Artful Alphabets: Five Picture Book Artists,” June 11-Nov. 6, 2011; “Japanese Kimono, 1915-1940: From Tradition to Ready-to-Wear,” June 16-Nov. 13, 2011; “Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The House,” June 24-Oct. 23, 2011

Jose Daniel Castrellon, Los Santos, 2010, El Museo del Barrio, New York
El Museo del Barrio
June 14, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012
The museum’s sixth biennial showcases 75 emerging Latino, Caribbean and Latin American artists who work in the greater New York area, occupying six venues in four boroughs with a variety of media, from graffiti murals to fashion shows and DJ sets
Curators: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Trinidad Fombella, Elvis Fuentes, Juanita Bermúdez
Funding: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, Bloomberg, The Greenwall Foundation, others

Arman, Alarm Clocks (Reveils), 1960, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, photo by Nathan Keay
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
June 18-Oct. 16, 2011
Ten galleries assert the continued relevance of themes that were mobilized by the American modernist (b. 1903) -- such as “The Box as Altar,” “Repetitions” and “Cut and Paste” -- by placing his work in dialogue with other artworks from the museum collection
Curator: Michael Darling
Funding: Harris Bank, Alsdorf Foundation, James Corcoran Gallery LLC., others
Also on view: “UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work: John Henderson,” June 4-26 2011; “Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty,” June 25-Nov. 13, 2011

Dorothea Rockburne, Scaler, 1971, Parrish Art Museum
Parrish Art Museum
June 19-Aug. 14, 2011
The first career retrospective of the pioneering female post-minimalist brings together more than 50 works she made since the late ‘60s, from her collaborative performances with Robert Rauschenberg and Carolee Schneemann to her own paintings that incorporate sheet metal and crude oil
Curator: Alicia Longwell
Catalogue: 160 pp., $29.95
Funding: Agnes Gund, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Dina Recanati, The Dedalus Foundation
Tour: After its debut at the Parrish Art Museum, the exhibition travels to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from Nov. 3, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012

Ryan Trecartin, The Re'Search (Re'Search Wait'S) (video still), 2009-2010, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
MoMA PS 1
June 19-Sept. 3, 2011
The young video artist’s newest large-scale museum exhibition in New York fills seven galleries with sculptural theater installations housing projections from the seven movies that comprise his most recent body of work
Curators: Klaus Biesenbach, Eliza Ryan
Funding: The Annenberg Foundation
Tour: The exhibition debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and showed at the Power Plant, Toronto and the Istanbul Modern before its arrival in New York; forthcoming presentations include Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Rendering of WHATAMI for the Young Architects Program 2011, Museum of Modern Art/MoMA P.S. 1, courtesy of stARTT
MoMA PS1
June 19-Sept. 26, 2011
MoMA PS1 unveils its temporary outdoor installation, crafted this year by Interboro Partners, in the 12th edition of the museum's Young Architects competition to design a summer structure for the MoMA PS1 courtyard; an exhibition of proposals by the five finalists goes on view at the Manhattan museum as well
Curator: Barry Bergdoll
Funding: Bloomberg, Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Jeffrey and Michele Klein, Agnes Gund, others

Lee Ufan hunting for stones, East Hampton, New York, October 2010, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, photo by David Heald
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
June 24-Sept. 28, 2011
The Korean artist, writer and theorist of Mono-ha -- a material-based movement that he developed during 1968-71 in Tokyo -- presents signature sculptural works from his series Relatum (1968-)on the Rotunda floor and in the High Gallery, as well as examples from his Mono-ha period and from five major series of paintings, works on paper and prints created since 1972
Curators: Alexandra Munroe, Sandhini Poddar, Nancy Lim
Catalogue: 200 pp., $45
Funding: Samsung, the Korea Foundation, the Japan Foundation

Bryan Hunt, Daphne II, 1981, Guild Hall Museum
Guild Hall Museum
June 25-July 31, 2011
Approximately 15 works by the famed ‘80s maven of the “waterfall sculpture” (b. 1947), including large and small bronze casts of Amphoras, Lakes/Quarries, Natural Wonders and Waterfalls, as well as accompanying drawings
Curator: Christina Strassfield
Funding: Nancy and Robinson Grover, Katharine and William Rayner, Bernie and Elsie Aidinoff, others
Also on view: “Clifford Ross,” June 25-July 31, 2011

Lyonel Feininger, In a Village Near Paris (Street in Paris, Pink Sky), 1909, University of Iowa Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
June 30-Oct. 16, 2011
The first retrospective of the celebrated Bauhaus artist Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) in his native country in more than 45 years includes German Expressionist oils, political caricatures, whimisical Chicago Sunday Tribune comic strips, architectural photographs of New York and Bauhaus subjects, and miniature, hand-carved wooden figures and buildings
Curators: Barbara Haskell, Sasha Nicholas
Catalogue: Yale University Press, 288 pp., $65
Funding: Terra Foundation for American Art, Henry Luce Foundation, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation
Tour: After its debut at the Whitney, the exhibition travels to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Jan. 16-May 13, 2012
Also on view: “Xavier Cha: Body Drama,” June 30, 2011

Albert Bierstadt, Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast, 1870, gift of the Friends of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum, photo by Howard Giske
Seattle Art Museum
June 30-Sept. 11, 2011
More than 40 19th- and 20th-century American landscape paintings -- with one gallery devoted entirely to Albert Bierstadt’s painting Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast (1870) -- as well as 60 landscape photographs and mammoth plate images by pioneers of Western photography, from Carleton Watkins to Edward Muybridge
Curator: Patricia Junker
Catalogue: A Superb Vision of Dreamland; Marquand Books and University of Washington Press, 70 pp., $19.95
Funding: The Visionary Circle: Thomas W. Barwick, Jeffrey and Susan Brotman, Barney A. Ebsworth, others
Also on view: “Reclaimed: Nature and Place through Contemporary Eyes,” June 30-Sept. 11, 2011

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