NEW THIS MONTH IN
U.S. MUSEUMS

Stephen Antonakos
The Light
1997
National Academy Museum
Aug. 1, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008
Almost 50 works organized by three themes (gesture, geometry and introspection) trace the accomplishments of abstract art -- and the difficulties the National Academy had in accepting it
Catalogue: Hudson Hills Press, 96 pp., $29.50; includes intro by Jules Olitski

Melchor Pérez Holguin
Saint Michael Archangel
1708
Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Aug. 5-Oct. 28, 2007
Approximately 250 works in a synthetic overview of art made in the Spanish viceroyalties of New Spain (now Mexico and Central America) and Peru (now Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru) and in the Portuguese colony of Brazil, in a show co-organized with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where it has already appeared
Curators: Joseph J. Rishel, Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt, Ilona Katzew
Catalogue: Philadelphia Museum, 568 pp., $75
Funding: Fundación Televisa
Also on view: "SoCal: Southern California Art of the 1960s and 70s from LACMA’s Collection," Aug. 19, 2007-Mar. 30, 2008

Earl Cunningham
Gathering Clouds Off Little River Inlet
1962
Collection of Marilyn L. and Michael A. Mennello
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Aug. 10-Nov. 4, 2007
Some 50 works by the 20th-century folk artist (1893-1977) whose make-believe colorful landscapes combine New England cottages and Florida pink flamingoes.
Curator: Virginia Mecklenburg
Catalogue: $45
Tour: American Folk Art Museum, Mar. 4-Aug. 31, 2008; Mennello Museum, Orlando, Mar. 6-Aug. 2, 2009
Funding: Darden Restaurants Foundation, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, others

Loretta Lux
Megumi
2001
Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Parrish Art Museum
Aug. 12-Oct. 14, 2007
Seeking an emotional response, via realist and hyperrealist images of birth, childhood, intimacy, etc., by artists ranging from Vito Acconci and Diane Arbus to Do Ho Suh and Cynthia Westwood
Curators: Eric Fischl, Merrill Falkinberg

Antonio Da Monza
Initial R: The Resurrection
late 15th or early 16th century
J. Paul Getty Museum
Getty Center
Aug. 14-Oct. 28, 2007
Over 40 manuscripts and leaves from Christian missals and choir books from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, featuring six recent acquisitions, and accompanied by recorded versions of selected chants from the manuscripts on display
Curator: Christine Sciacca

Richard Pousette-Dart
Now a Turning Orb
1987-90
Private Collection, Munich
Guggenheim Museum
Aug. 17-Sept. 25, 2007
Approximately 40 paintings by Pousette-Dart (1916-92), the first Abstract Expressionist to paint mural-sized canvases, who believed that "the abstract symbols of painting could reveal universal truths by suggesting the mysterious realm of the spirit"
Curator: Philip Rylands, with Luca Massimo Barbero and Evelyn Pousette-Dart, the artist’s widow
Tour: The show debuted at the Guggenheim Collection in Venice and subsequently appears at Galleria Gottardo in Lugano, Oct. 10-Dec. 22, 2007

Frederic Edwin Church
Andean Sketch
ca. 1856
Collection of Alvin and Maryann Friedman
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar
Aug. 17-Oct. 21, 2007
Subtitled "A Focused Collection; Drawings from Dia; Selections from the Permanent Collection," the show includes a gallery of Hudson River School works collected by Alvin Friedman and his wife Maryanne (Vassar class of 1955), and drawings by John Frederick Kensett and other Hudson River School artists -- originally collected by Dan Flavin for a never-realized "Institute for the Hudson Highlands" -- now on long term loan to Vassar by the Dia Art Foundation

Herbert Matter
poster for Engelberg, Trübsee/Switzerland
1936
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Aug. 17-Oct. 14, 2007
Works by Paul Frankl, René Herbst, Herbert Matter, Philippe Starck and others, displayed in chronological order
Curators: Susan Brown, Nurit Einik

Robert Rauschenberg
Retroactive II
1963
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Aug. 18, 2007-June 8, 2008
The first of three exhibitions celebrating the MCA’s 40th anniversary, with works by artists ranging from Vito Acconci and Francis Bacon to Robert Smithson and Jeff Wall
Also on view: "Record Times: 40 Years from the MCA Archive," Aug. 11-Oct. 21, 2007; "UBS 12 x 12: Greg Stimac," Aug. 4-Sept. 2, 2007

Dan Perjovschi
The Room Drawing, detail from installation at Tate Modern London
2006
Nasher Museum of Art
Aug. 23, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008
Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos, installations and conceptual art from 1986 to the present, as well as new commissioned works by the Romanian duo, known for satirical graffiti and performance art, respectively
Curator: Kristine Stiles

Catherine Sullivan
still from Triangle of Need
2007
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, and Metro Pictures, New York
Walker Art Center
Aug. 23-Nov. 18, 2007
A new multichannel video installation of a collaborative performance that "weaves a nuanced story about evolution, class, wealth and poverty" involving imagined Neanderthal species, a language called Mousterian devised from theories of Neanderthal speech, and an original score combining prehistoric flutes with sacred music by 17th-century composer Joachim Neander, in whose namesake valley was found the first remains of Homo neanderthalensis
Curator: Doryun Chong
Funding: Henry Moore Foundation, Arts Council England, Danielson Foundation, Nimoy Foundation, Cisneros Foundation, others

Vase
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
18th century
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Aug. 25-Nov. 25, 2007
The imperial taste for ancient themes and Western motifs, via works of unprecedented technical virtuosity and artistic richness, drawn largely from the museum collection and complemented by select loans
Curator: Jason Sun

"George Anderson, The Living Skeleton," ca. 1862, in "Extraordinary Exhibitions"
Hammer Museum
Aug. 26-Nov. 25, 2007
80+ examples of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century ephemeral advertising sheets known as "broadsides," focusing on images of remarkable entertainers and visual deceptions
Catalogue: Extraordinary Exhibitions: The Wonderful Remains of an Enormous Head, the Whimsiphusicon & Death to the Savage Unitarians, $49.94, 176 pp.

Katsushika Ôi
Three Women Playing Musical Instruments
ca. 1818-44
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Aug. 28-Dec. 16, 2007
The first exhibition highlighting the museum’s holding of more than 700 ukiyo-e paintings of the "floating world" of theaters and brothels in 17th-century Edo
Tour: Organized by the MFA, Boston, the exhibition has previously toured museums in Japan as well as the Kimbell Art Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum
Curator: Anne Nishimura Morse
Catalogue: 243 pp., $55 hardcover, $37.50 paper

Hew Locke
El Dorado
2005
West Collection, Oaks, Pa.
Brooklyn Museum
Aug. 31, 2007-Jan. 27, 2008
Nearly 80 works by 45 artists from 14 nations (from Barbados and Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago) examining the Caribbean as both a real and imaginary location
Curator: Tumelo Mosaka
Catalogue: Philip Wilson Pub., 224 pp., $50
Funding: Peter Norton Family Foundation, American Center Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts