The Far East is emerging as a major
new art center, with noteworthy exhibitions opening in China, Korea
and Taiwan. In U.S. museums,
there's a focus on Latin-American art and on the King Tut
exhibition in Philadelphia, the traveling exhibition's last stop in
Texas -- The focus is south of the border at the
University of Texas' Blanton Museum of Art from Feb. 20 through
April 22. "The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art From
the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection" includes 130 works over
six decades from the 1930s to the 1970s.
-- "Pissarro: Creating the Impressionist Landscape," at
the Baltimore Museum of Art from Feb. 11 to May 13, explores a
critical decade in the artist's career when he shifted from
traditional landscape painting to Impressionism.
The Walters Art
Museum looks at the work of one of the foremost sculptors of
animals in "Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye" from Feb. 11
to May 6.
Chicago -- A key
exhibition makes its second and final U.S. stop at the Art
Institute of Chicago from Feb. 17 to May 12 before heading to
Paris. "Cezanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant
Garde" features some 250 major works. Gauguin's "Where Do We Come
From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" (shown above)
is among the works on exhibit.
-- About 50 paintings by a noted French Impressionist are
included in "Monet in Normandy" at the Cleveland Museum of Art from
Feb. 18 to May 20.
Myers, Fla. -- Visitors are encouraged to move about and
explore the 15 stations in "Robots: The Interactive Exhibit" at the
Imaginarium through April 22.
-- "Masterpieces of French Painting From the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, 1800-1920" has its sole showing in the U.S. at the
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through May 6, before traveling
overseas. The exhibit includes such noted French artists as Manet,
Monet, Ingres, Courbet and Matisse.
Wales, Fla. -- From Feb. 24 to March 4, the bells will be
ringing at the Bok Sanctuary during the International Carillon
Festival. At several concerts each day, carillonneurs from
throughout the world will be ringing 60 bells, weighing from 16
pounds to 12 tons, on the lawn of the sanctuary.
Beach, Calif. -- More than 50 works of art by Cubans who
live and work in Cuba and the U.S. are featured in "Unbroken Ties:
Dialogues in Cuban Art" at the Museum of Latin American Art through
Fla. -- The National Arts Festival at Cambier Park on Feb.
24 and 25 includes works by 275 artists from 35 U.S. states and
Orleans -- The close ties developed between the government
of France and the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
bear fruit in an exhibition assembled with works from some of
France's leading museums. "Femme, Femme, Femme: Paintings of Women
in French Society From Daumier to Picasso From the Museums of
France," an exhibition celebrating the emergence of the modern
woman in France, will be held at the New Orleans Museum of Art from
March 4 to June 3.
-- The newly reinstalled Edward Steichen Photography
Galleries at the Museum of Modern Art features nearly 200 works in
its "Survey of the History of Photography" through July
The focus is on a
British artist noted for his paintings of animals in "George Stubbs
(1724-1806): A Celebration" at the Frick Collection from Feb.14 to
The work of a
contemporary photographic and film/video artist is the attraction
in "Lorna Simpson" at the Whitney Museum of American Art from March
1 to May 6.
The 19th annual
Art Show, presented by the Art Dealers Association of America and
featuring 70 of the country's leading art dealers, will be held at
the Park Avenue Armory from Feb. 22 to 26.
Mass. -- MASS MoCA, the museum built on the grounds of a former
factory in this Berkshires town, will be the site of an unusual
installation, "Of All the People in All the World," from Feb. 10 to
25. More than 875 million grains of
rice will be placed in the museum's Hunter Center to dramatize the
vastness of the Americas and the tiny place of one person within
-- The landmark
exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" makes
the final stop on its North American tour at the Franklin Institute
through Sept. 30. The exhibit features 130 objects, including 50
from the Boy King's tomb.
At the nearby
Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Thomas Chimes: Adventures in
'Paraphysics'," from Feb. 25 to May 6, offers visitors a
comprehensive view of a contemporary American artist's work.
One of the City
of Brotherly Love's showcase events, the Philadelphia Flower Show,
comes to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 4 to 11.
This year's theme is "Legends of Ireland."
-- Native American art, music, dance and food are the
features of the 49th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and
Market on March 3 and 4.
Maine -- The Portland Museum of Art presents the first
comprehensive exhibition of an important early American painter in
"A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster Jr."
through March 25.
Nev. -- "Andy Warhol's Dream America: Screenprints From
the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation," at the
Nevada Museum of Art through May 27, features some of the artists's
most famous prints, including those of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne
and the Campbell's soup cans.
Ana, Calif. -- The Bowers Museum celebrates the opening of
its new Dorothy and Douglas Kennedy Wing with an exhibition from
the Shanghai Museum of China, "Treasures from Shanghai: 5,000 Years
of Chinese Art and Culture," Feb. 18 to Aug. 19.
Barbara, Calif. -- One of Mexico's most noted artists is
featured in "Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted" at the Santa
Barbara Museum of Art from Feb. 17 to May 27.
Wash. -- "Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon," at the Tacoma
Art Museum through June 10, features some 60 photos showing the
Mexican artist at various stages of her life and career.
Washington -- More than 60 of the city's
museums and performing arts groups celebrate "Shakespeare in
Washington" through June with performances and exhibitions. Among
the key events are performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by
the New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center Opera House from
Feb. 28 to March 4.
-- "Collectors in St. Petersburg," at the Hermitage
Amsterdam through March 11, looks closely at the art holdings of
four leading 19th century Russian collectors.
-- The first comprehensive survey of American art in the
People's Republic of China, "Art in America: Three Hundred Years of
Innovation" is the blockbuster show at the National Art Museum of
China from Feb. 10 to April 5. Organized by the Guggenheim Museum
of Art in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art in
Chicago, the exhibition displays 130 works from Colonial America
through today in six historical periods and includes works by
Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert
-- The Centre for Fine Arts focuses on "The Forbidden
Empire: Views of the World by Chinese and Flemish Masters" from
Feb. 15 to May 6. The exhibit includes works by Rubens and Van Dyke
alongside works from the Ming and other Chinese
-- The 35th annual Hong Kong Arts Festival from Feb. 27 to
March 25 at the Cultural Center Concert Hall and other venues
focuses on all the performing arts and includes premieres and
South Korea -- The Hangaram Art Museum features a major
exhibition, "Van Gogh to Picasso: Impressionist and Modern
Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art" through March
Taiwan -- The National Palace Museum, which recently
reopened many of its galleries after years of renovation, shows its
celebrated collection of Chinese art over the centuries in "Grand
View," running from Feb. 8 to March 25.
-- The Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates the life and work
of one of Canada's most famous artists in "Emily Carr: New
Perspectives on a Canadian Icon," from March 3 to May 20, an
exhibition including more than 150 works.
Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor
of Arts Management and author of eight books including his latest,
"The ReissSource Directory of the Arts" (AEBMedia,