Thursday, February 16, 2012

Five Not to Miss Art Shows in NYC Spring 2012

Best New Art Opening this Month Around Town
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting 
now through May 13, 2012
Just because Valentine's Day is over you can still romance your sweetie with a trip to the Frick Collection. Nestled along fifth avenue, this former residence of Golden Age billionaire Henry Clay Frick, The Frick Collection possesses some of the world's best masterpieces from masters ranging from Rembrandt to Monet. This exhibition, inspired by Renoir's La Promenade of 1875–76, a significant Impressionist work in the Frick's permanent collection, brings together nine full-length vertical grand-scale canvases from around the world and includes the romantic couples dressed in the finest fashions of Renoir's Paris.

Rembrandt's World: Dutch Drawings
now through April 29, 2012
Looking for more springtime romance in New York? Go to the Morgan Library Museum. Morgan spared no expense when collecting books and art and creating a showcase for them. you and your lover will have plenty of privacy while looking at the great exhibits here. The one I want to see is the collection of masterwork drawings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries.

Rembrandt & Degas Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Rembrandt lovers have plenty to choose from this year ( see also blog article: Rembrandt Road Trips ) and Degas lovers too! (see blog article: Degas Day Trips) Well here is the show that offers both. So if your sweetheart is an old master lover and you are an impressionist aficionado-- you can see both hand in hand. This exhibition opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes a look at how Degas was influenced by Rembrandt

The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde 
February 28–June 3, 2012
Personally, I can only take in one exhibit per visit-- but if you don't suffer from sensory overload, perhaps you might want to squeeze in one more exhibition from the Met-- or save it for the next visit. The Steins Collect are sure to include crowd pleasing favorites. Come see what these taste makers chose for their own personal collections from modern Parisian avant-garde. This exhibition unites 200 works from their collection. Patron of the arts as well as personal friends of Picasso and Matisse-- this show tops my list of must see art this spring.

Cindy Sherman 
February 26–June 11, 2012
Finally- I am really looking forward to the Cindy Sherman photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Working as her own model for more than 30 years, Sherman has captured herself in a range of guises and personas which questions stereotypical female prototypes in the media.A must see for anyone interested in gender studies and/or an interest in modern portrait photography. Bringing together more than 170 photographs, this retrospective survey traces the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present.

What would you want to see in New York?
mentioned in this article: @metmuseum, @frickcollection, @MuseumModernArt, @MorganLibrary