Art Across America
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Painting Revolution: Kandinsky, Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde
April 1-July 2
This is the first American venue for early 20th-century Russian abstract art by Kandinsky, Malevich, and their contemporaries. They focused on relationships among shapes, colors, and textures.
THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM
Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best
Feb. 15-June 4
Before Ansel Adams there was Carleton Watkins. The 19th-century nature photographer immortalized the frontiers of the American West. Landscapes of Yosemite and other startling vistas are on display in 63 photographs.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
The Age of Piranesi: Printmaking in Italy in the Eighteenth Century
Feb. 17-May 14
The etchings, woodcuts, and engravings of Giambattista Piranesi form the main, but by no means exclusive, focus of this snapshot of Enlightenment era artists. Works by Piranesi's contemporaries such as Tiepolo typify that period's interest in geographical, architectural, and religious themes.
Salvador Dali's Optical Illusions
Through March 26
An imaginative examination of the artist's interest in the potential of images to twist people's perceptions. The display of 60 of Dali's trademark 'dreamscapes' is accompanied by occasional lectures and periodic screenings of Dali's film collaborations.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
Feb. 19-May 14
Surprisingly, this is the first major US exhibition of the famed 19th-century artist, who influenced the next generation of Impressionist painters. Daumier's interest in the condition of the everyday man and in political commentary affects the subject matter of 245 works, including sculptures and oils culled from a 50-year career.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF CARTOON ART
Fifty Years of PEANUTS: The Art of Charles M. Schulz
Through April 2
The centerpiece of this exhaustive collection of Peanuts art and related artifacts is a three-dimensional re-creation of Charlie Brown's neighborhood, complete with a baseball mound, psychiatry booth, and Snoopy's doghouse. The exhibit examines the 50-year evolution of the strip and its influence on society.
WEST PALM BEACH
NORTON MUSEUM OF ART
Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: Treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts
Through March 12
A selection of 64 paintings and 12 sculptures from London's Royal Academy of Arts hones in on art of Victorian England produced by the Academy's Lord Leighton and Landseer, among others. Prize pieces include 'A Souvenir of Velazquez,' by Millais.
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART
John Twachtman: An American Impressionist
Feb. 26-May 21
Twachtman's European travels influenced his landscapes and portraits. The artist is best known for his cool tones and his interest in focusing more on landscape than sky.
PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West
Through March 19
Though it is Adams's photos that get top billing, his works hang next to nature photographs by his 19th- and 20th-century peers, such as George Fiske and Carleton Watkins.
THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
Joyce J. Scott Kickin' It with the Old Masters
Through May 21
A smorgasbord of nearly 100 pieces of jewelry, paintings, textiles, beaded sculpture, and fiber arts is imaginatively intertwined with the gallery's traditional masterpieces. Scott's work comments on race and gender and is typified by a vibrancy and humor that draws upon her African influences and time spent training as an artist in Mexico.
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Suggestive Curves: The Art of Watercraft
Through May 7
Kayaks, canoes, and even surfboards turn up at The Peabody's look at the craft of boatmaking over two centuries. Boats from Greenland, Indonesia, Taiwan, Burma, and North America illustrate how functional objects can incorporate beautiful aesthetics.
THE NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM AT STOCKBRIDGE
Before TV: American Culture, Illustration, and The Saturday Evening Post
Through June 11
Norman Rockwell's work features heavily, but not exclusively, in this look at The Saturday Evening Post and how its artwork and advertising impacted popular culture. Visitors can sit in period-style living rooms of the '40s and '50s.
THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
Van Gogh: Face to Face
March 12-June 4
Sixty of Vincent Van Gogh's portraits are gathered for the first time. The faces captured on canvas were those of everyday folks such as fishermen, peasant girls, and pensioners. In addition to his patented dash strokes in oil, there are also portraits sketched in ink.
THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS
The Foot in the Door Show
Through April 2
This show is just that, an opportunity for some 1,740 Minnesota artists to show their works. The only criteria: Each work has to be small enough to fit inside a 12-in.-square box. This is the third time in three decades that the institute has compiled this exhibition.
MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART
The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality
Feb. 12-June 6
Art from the Old West captures the pioneer spirit of the American expansion, 1840-1940. The exhibition includes art by explorers and painters such as George Catlin and Georgia O' Keefe.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
'Only the Best': Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.
Through Feb. 27
Renovations at Lisbon's Calouste Gulbenkian Museum provide an opportunity for Americans to view the museum's collection of paintings by the likes of Turner, Manet, and Rubens, as well as historical artifacts such as Roman medals and Armenian illuminated manuscripts.
The Worlds of Nam June Paik
Feb. 11-April 26
A seven-story waterfall dissected by a laser projection forms the centerpiece of the Korean multimedia artist's first American retrospective since 1982. A kaleidoscope of changing images projected onto the ceiling illustrates Paik's fascination with the moving image.
THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART
Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland
Feb. 18-April 30
Collection of more than 100 paintings and photographs created in the American Midwest between the '20s and '40s reflects how the heart of the country viewed itself at a time when America became aware of its world domination. The artworks encompass the region's geography and home life.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
Degas to Picasso: Painters, Sculptors, and the Camera
Feb. 1-May 7
This exhibition examines how photography influenced Impressionist and Surrealist painters. For some, photography was a new art medium to explore, while for others the accuracy of photographic images inspired them to forsake preciseness for subjective examinations of their subject matter.
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