Thursday, July 21, 2011

Five More Art Shows to Round out your Summer in NYC!

Exhibitions not to miss in New York.
by Miriam Schulman~

Where do you go for great art in the middle of July when some shows have closed and you've seen the rest? The Cone Sisters exhibition is still going on at the Jewish Museum and so is Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art but if you are a  frequent museum goer you may be looking for a fresh batch of new shows to see. Here is a round up of another group of exhibitions that have either just opened or are still going on through the end of the summer in New York. (related blog post: Five not to miss art shows in NYC this summer)

Willem de Kooning: The Figure: Movement and Gesture
The PACE Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, nr Madison Avenue
Apr 29, 2011 - Jul 29, 2011
Who do you think is in the top two spots for the most expensive paintings ever sold? Picasso? WRONG! Van Gogh, good guess, but wrong again. The top two spots are held by Jackson Pollock and another abstract expressionist, Willem DeKooning. ( his painting sold for 137.5 million in 2006!) The Pace Gallery gained control of his estate from the Gagosian Gallery last year and now we have the pleasure of viewing the genius of the late Abstract Expressionist's colorful figurative works. be sure to grab a girlfriend and see this show during the week as these gallerists are spending their weekends at the beach.

Summer Hours:
Mon-Thurs 9:30-6; Fri 9:30-4 

Jim Henson's Fantastic World
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue; Astoria, NY
July 16–January 16, 2012

Your grew up with Sesame Street. Your kids love Elmo and now with the new Muppet Movie coming out, what better activity for the whole family then to go to a museum that highlights the achievements of the genius behind all the beloved puppets. Fifteen iconic puppets, including Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, and Bert and Ernie, are on view, along with photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and excerpts from his early projects and experimental films. Your children won't be disappointed by this show and neither will you.

Guided tours of Jim Henson’s Fantastic World are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes.

Museum Hours
Tue-Thu: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fri: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mon: Closed 

In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert
Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street (Fifth Avenue)
May 22, 2011, through August 28, 2011
The crown jewel of the Frick Collection is Giovani Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert. Even if you are already familiar with this iconic painting, be sure to catch some of the great programs the museum has planned over the summer in connection with the exhibition. For example, the Frick is having a free night of after-hours viewing of their two exhibitions, In a New Light: Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert and Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-
Antoinette, July 22, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Morgan Library Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

Have you been meaning to get to the Morgan but never seem to make it? Now is the time as this museum is packed with wonderful exhibitions right now to please art enthusiasts of any kind. Located in midtown Manhattan, the Morgan houses one of the world's greatest collections of artistic, literary, and musical works, from ancient times to the present day. In addition, the Morgan Café is one of the best summer luncheon spots in New York. Evoking European alfresco dining in the Morgan's soaring Gilbert Court.

Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings
through September 4, 2011
Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings explores Dine's meditation on the antique world. The exhibition will present the forty drawings, the resulting book of prints based on them, and a number of related works, all promised gifts of the artist to the Morgan. Rich in imagery, and visual appeal, this important group is representative of Dine's skillful union of traditional subject matter and modern drawing technique.

Xu Bing: The Living Word
July 19 through October 2, 2011
At the Morgan, Xu Bing designed a third version of his Living World installation specifically for the soaring space of Renzo Piano's Gilbert Court.  A selection of Xu Bing's preparatory drawings for this installation is also on view. 

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, 
and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
June 3 through October 2, 2011
The exhibition celebrates this most common form of documentation by presenting an array of lists made by a broad range of artists, from Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder to H. L. Mencken, Eero Saarinen, Elaine de Kooning, and Lee Krasner. The artworks on view are sure to inspire you to be more creative in your everyday list making activities.

The Age of Elegance: The Joan Taub Ades Collection
May 13 through August 28, 2011
This exhibition provides visitors with the rare opportunity to see a highly personal collection encompassing such celebrated artists as François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Francois Millet, Guercino, Francesco Fontebasso, and Francesco Panini.
Museum Hours
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. free friday nights after 7pm!
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Picasso’s Vollard Suite: The Sculptor’s Studio
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive; Greenwich, CT 
June 18, 2011 - October 16, 2011
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Two Women before Sculptured Head
Paris, March 21, 1933

If you can never get enough of Picasso, and who can, then you can trek over to New York's backyard to catch “The Sculptor’s Studio.” This exhibition will feature key images from the group of 100 prints he made for the legendary art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard. These superb works from the Vollard Suite demonstrate Picasso’s ability to please and astonish with equal intensity.

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
Last admission 4:30 pm


Fine Art Prints of New York City by Miriam Schulman
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in all sizes with many framing options