Arts Agenda: Well-known names and royal collections featured this autumn


Works by some of the most famous names in art, including those featured in royal collections, are on display this fall. Exhibitions also explore the art in books; the relationship of visual art to film and music; and several significant collaborations. 


Albany, N.Y. -- A contemporary artist's exploration of a classic novel is the focus of "Frank Stella's Moby Dick: The Waves 1985-1989" at the Albany Institute of History & Art through Dec. 3.

Amherst, Mass. -- The enduring children's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" inspired illustrations by Andy Warhol, Maurice Sendak, Kiki Smith and other artists. "The Wonderful Art of Oz," at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art through Oct. 22, features original illustrations by W.W. Denslow and more recent Oz art.

Atlanta -- The partnership between Atlanta's High Museum of Art and the Louvre in Paris gets off to a flying start with the exhibition "Kings as Collectors," from Oct. 14 to Sept. 2. Paintings and sculptures from the collections of Louis XIV and Louis XVI includes works by Raphael, Rembrandt and Murillo. A corresponding exhibit of works from the Louvre, "The Kings' Drawings," runs through Jan. 28.

Baltimore -- "Courbet and the Modern Landscape," at the Walters Art Museum from Oct. 15 to Jan. 7, features the 19th century landscape paintings of the realist painter.

Cleveland -- More than 300 works of art explore the years from 1868 to 1939, when Barcelona established itself as a world center of art and architecture, in "Barcelona & Modernity: Picasso, Gaudi, Miro, Dali," at the Cleveland Museum of Art from Oct. 15 to Jan. 7.

Indianapolis -- Theaters throughout the city host the Heartland Film Festival from Oct. 19 to 27. The city's downtown also features a large, site-specific public art installation, "Julian Opie: Signs," through Sept. 1. Part of the exhibition, "Pacing," is featured at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. -- Free concerts, entertainment and costume contests are featured at the annual London Bridge Days in the city where the former Thames crossing has resided for more than three decades.

New Haven, Conn. -- "Canaletto in England: A Venetian Artist Abroad, 1746-1755," at the Yale Center for British Art from Oct. 19 to Dec. 31, includes more than 60 painting and drawings by the artist of subjects and sites far removed from his beloved Venice. A second museum exhibit, also ending Dec. 31, "Art & Music in Britain: Four Encounters, 1730-1900," explores the relationship between art and music.

New York -- The performing arts welcomes a new season with Lincoln Center's "Voices and Visionaries: A New York Festival of Music." It features more than 30 performances, film programs and discussions from Oct. 7 to Nov. 18.

The New York City Center's "Fall for Dance" runs through Oct. 8, featuring five dance companies at each performance.

The Metropolitan Opera embraces the visual arts in its new Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery on the south side of the opera house lobby. The opening exhibition through May 12, "Heroines," is inspired by the Met's new productions and divas.

The recently reopened Morgan Library looks at a recording artist's formative years in a multimedia exhibit, "Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966" through Jan. 6.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Americans in Paris, 1860-1900," from Oct. 24 to Jan. 28, includes works by Whistler, Sargent and Eakins among the 37 featured American artists. Other shows at the museum include "Sean Scully: Wall of Light" through Jan. 14 and "Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art of the Papuan Gulf" from Oct. 24 to Sept. 2.

Movie buffs will enjoy "Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880-1910" at New York University's Grey Art Gallery through Dec. 9. It explores the early relationship between film and art through artworks and 50 short films.

An exhibit at the Dahesh Museum of Art through Dec. 31 takes a look at "Napoleon on the Nile: Artists, Soldiers and the Rediscovery of Egypt." 

Orlando -- "Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings From the Worcester Art Museum," at the Orlando Museum of Art through Dec. 31, includes paintings by Monet and Pissarro. The exhibition traces the roots of Impressionism back to the French artists of the Barbizon School. At left, Pissarro's The Duquesne and Berrigny Basins at Dieppe, Overcast Weather.

Philadelphia -- The 30th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show from Nov. 2 to 5 includes works by about 200 American craft artists and 26 Finnish craft artists.

Pittsburgh -- "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages," at the Carnegie Museum of Art from Oct. 15 to Jan. 15, includes 120 objects in a range of media that demonstrate Tiffany's talents in stained glass, painting, furniture and other areas.

Seattle -- Interactive displays, reproductions of paintings and 60 wooden models of inventions demonstrate the many skills of an art immortal. "Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius" is at the Museum of Flight through Jan. 29.

Washington -- The works of English artist John Constable are in "Constable's Great Landscapes: The Six Foot Paintings" at the National Gallery of Art until Dec. 31. 


Amsterdam -- The 400th anniversary celebration of Rembrandt continues at the Rijksmuseum with "All the Drawings, Part II: The Observer" from Oct. 31 to Dec. 31.

Antwerp, Belgium -- Silver treasures from the city's museums will be brought together for an exhibition at the Sterckshof Silver Museum through Jan. 7.

Basel, Switzerland -- "Niki and Jean: Art and Love," at the Tinguely Museum through Jan. 21, explores the longtime personal and working relationship of artists Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Frankfurt -- Picasso's fascination with the stage, reflected in many of his works, is the subject of "Picasso and the Theater," the exhibition at the Schirn Art Gallery from Oct. 20 to Jan. 21.

The Hague, Netherlands -- A significant collaboration is the focus of "Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship" at the Mauritshuis Museum from Oct. 21 to Jan. 28. The exhibition, organized by the Dutch museum and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where it was first shown, explores joint efforts by the noted artists.

London -- Still another exhibit focuses on da Vinci's career. "Leonardo da Vinci: Experiment and Design," through Jan. 7 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, includes 60 drawings from da Vinci's notebook.

Namur, Belgium -- Nearly 150 antique dealers from Belgium and other countries are participating in "Antica Namur," from Nov. 4 to 12 at the Expo Namur.

Paris -- Movie icon Marilyn Monroe is the attraction at the Musee Maillol. "The Last Sitting," through Oct. 30, displays 60 Bert Stern photographs of the actress taken shortly before her death in the summer of 1962.

Toronto -- More than 350 objects from 1900 to the present are featured in "Italian Art & Design: The 20th Century" at the Royal Ontario Museum from Oct. 21 to Jan. 7.

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, Chicago).


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