American artists are in the spotlight this
month. Museums throughout the U.S. are featuring works by Frank
Stella, Agnes Martin, Andrew Wyeth, Ernest Trova, Ansel Adams, Jeff
Wall, Joseph Cornell and other homegrown artists, past and present.
Beacon, N.Y. -- A
retrospective of the works of Agnes Martin that began in May 2004
at Dia: Beacon Riggio Galleries culminates in its fifth and final
installment, "Homage to [a] Life: Paintings 1990-2004," from April
6 to Nov. 26.
Boca Raton, Fla. -- The
Boca Raton Museum of Art focuses on the work of an American artist
in celebration of his 80th birthday. "Ernest Trova Retrospectives"
runs from April 11 to June 3. A second exhibit on the same dates,
"Selections From the Isadore and Kelly Friedman Bequest," includes
90 works by such artists as Edward Hopper, Jean Dubuffet and Roy
Boston -- To celebrate
spring, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will feature "Art in Bloom"
from April 21 to 24. Seventy garden clubs will transform the museum
into a flowery wonderland through interpretations of art in the
museum's collection. The museum's "War and Discontent," from April
10 to Aug. 5, features works responding to world crises by Manet,
Goya and Picasso.
Cooperstown, N.Y. -- The Fenimore Art Museum looks at the American West in three
exhibitions: "Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth's Beauty"
through May 13; "Myth & Reality: The Art of the Great Plains"
through Dec. 31; and "Treasures From the Frederic Remington Art
Museum" from May 26 to Sept. 4.
Ohio -- "Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe," at the Dayton
Art Institute from April 28 to June 24, includes works by more than
80 artists depicting both the public and private life of the screen
Houston -- "The Great
Wall of China: Photographs by Chen Changfen," at the Museum of Fine
Arts through Aug. 12, showcases a 30-year effort by a Chinese
photographer to capture one of the world's most famous man-made
Los Angeles -- The
Museum of Latin American Art celebrates its 10th anniversary and
recent expansion with "From Surrealism to Conceptualism: Centric
Movements in 20th Century Latin American Art" from April 24 to
Center's Getty Research Institute focuses on avant-garde Japanese
art in "Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentation in the Public
Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1970" through June 3.
New York -- The
Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases its new Greek and Roman
Galleries, which will open on April 20. New exhibitions at the Met
include "Frank Stella: Painting Into Architecture" from May 1 to
July 29, along with an outdoor roof installation of the American
artist's recent works in stainless steel and aluminum.
from May 15 to Sept. 3 displays the Mexican artist's photographs
augmented by drawings, collages and small sculptural
Through May 28,
New York Historical Society visitors have the opportunity to see
the women behind the man famed for his lamps, windows and
decorative objects, Louis Comfort Tiffany. "A New Light on Tiffany"
features the major, although largely uncredited, efforts of the
women who worked for the Tiffany firm in its early years.
"Jeff Wall" at
the Museum of Modern Art through May 14 features 41 giant, color
transparencies by the American artist. Contemporary abstract art
inspired by comics and animation is the focus of "Comic
Abstraction: Image-Breaking, Image-Making" at the museum through
Museum of American Art looks at the short but influential career of
a 20th century American artist, his drawings, photographs, films
and sculptural objects. "Gordon Matta-Clark: 'You Are the Measure'
" runs through June 3.
Pittsburgh -- The
Carnegie Museum of Art looks to London in its exhibit on the works
of British architectural firms. "Gritty Brits: New London
Architecture" is on view through June 3.
Rochester, N.Y. -- The
exhibit at the Strong National Museum of Play, focusing on a common
shape, will have special appeal to youngsters. "Secrets of Circles"
runs through May 6.
Salem, Mass. -- "Joseph
Cornell: Navigating the Imagination," at the Peabody Essex Museum
from April 28 to Aug. 19, features the work of an American artist
known for his box sculptures and collages.
San Antonio -- A Night
in Old San Antonio, actually four nights from April 24 to 27 at the
historical La Villita arts village adjacent to the River Walk,
focuses on the city's cultural heritage and features music and the
arts and what's billed as "the largest block party in the world."
It takes place as part of the annual Fiesta San Antonio, a weeklong
Vero Beach, Fla. -- Thirty life-size dinosaurs created by artist Guy Darrough,
along with dinosaur digs and fossil plant collections, are the
attraction at the McKee Botanical Garden through June 1.
Williamsburg, Va. -- One of America's first families of artists receives major
attention at the College of William & Mary's Muscarelle Museum
of Art. "An American Story: The Wyeth Family Tradition in Art,"
featuring works by seven family members, runs from April 21 to May
Amsterdam -- The work
of a major German artist during his years of exile is the theme of
"Max Beckmann in Amsterdam, 1937-1947" at the van Gogh Museum from
April 6 to Aug. 19.
Arles, France -- "Van
Gogh: Contemporary Artists Pay Homage to van Gogh," at the
Foundation Vincent van Gogh through June 24, explores the influence
exerted by van Gogh on a number of today's artists.
Edinburgh, Scotland -- The Queens's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the
setting for "Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the
Age of Discovery" through Sept. 16. The exhibition, drawn from the
Royal Library, focuses on works by four artists, including Leonardo
da Vinci, who through their art explored the human body, botany and
other aspects of natural history.
Lisbon -- The Belem
Cultural Center is the site of the Days of Music festival featuring
66 piano and orchestral concerts on six stages from April 20 to
London -- Dali and
Magritte are among the artists featured in "Surreal Things" at the
Victoria & Albert Museum through July 22.
Manet: Pastels and Drawings," at the Royal Academy of Arts through
June 10, includes roughly 80 works by the French artist.
Orleans, France -- The
French city liberated by Joan of Arc pays homage to its heroine in
the annual Joan of Arc Festival May 7 and 8. In addition to
re-enactments throughout the city, the celebration includes
dancing, music, fireworks and the illumination of the
Paris -- The Pompidou
Center turns literary with "Samuel Beckett," an exhibition through
June 25 that explores the work of the Irish writer and its
relationship to the contemporary art from which he drew
inspiration. The center also features "Airs de Paris" from April 25
to Aug. 20, a multidisciplinary exhibition on urban life, with an
emphasis on Paris from the 1970s to the present.
Wakefield, England -- The Yorkshire Sculpture Park celebrates its 30th
anniversary with "Andy Goldsworthy." The indoor and outdoor
exhibition, which explores the sculptor's range of work, runs
through Jan. 6.
Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is the
editor of Arts Management and author of eight books including his
latest, "The ReissSource Directory of the Arts" (AEBMedia