Arts Agenda: Works by Gauguin, Warhol deck the halls for the holidays

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The holiday season greets us with theater, vaudeville, history, high fashion and art. And works by celebrated artists such as Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Leonardo da Vinci, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg are on view at leading museums.

Domestic

Beacon, N.Y. -- The third phase of a retrospective on the work of American artist Agnes Martin, To the Islands, runs through June 27 at Dia Beacon. The exhibition covers the years 1974 to 1979.

Fort Lauderdale -- Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs continues its travels to U.S. museums with a stop at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale from Dec. 15 to April 23.   

Fort Worth, Texas --Gauguin and Impressionism, at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, from Dec. 18 to March 26, looks at Paul Gauguins early career. Shown here, Gauguins Skaters in Frederiksberg Park.Gauguin and Impressionism, at the Kimbell Art Museum from Dec. 18 to March 26, looks at the Post-Impressionist artists early career and includes paintings, sculptures and ceramics. Shown at left is Gauguins Skaters in Frederiksberg Park.

Los Angeles -- Drawings from Leonardo to Titian: A North Italian Itinerary, at the Getty Center from Dec. 6 to Feb. 26, looks at the diversity of drawing styles by noted 16th-century northern Italian artists.

A group of internationally known artists working in a range of media are featured in Ecstasy: In and About Altered States through Feb. 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Grand Rapids, Mich. -- The largest exhibition in the U.S. on the work of a noted Scottish sculptor and photographer, Andy Goldsworthy: Arches, focuses on his long-winding rock walls and interlocking leaf chains. It runs from Jan. 27 to May 4 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. 

New York -- Vaudeville isnt dead, certainly not at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, where Vaudeville Nation will run through April 1.

The multimedia exhibition includes posters, photos, song sheets, film clips, radio broadcasts and even some old joke books.

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum looks closely at color as a design element over 300 years of Western fashion in Fashions in Color from Dec. 9 to March 26.

Robert Rauschenberg: Combines, including 65 works created between 1954 and 1964, holds forth at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Dec. 20 to April 2. The focus is on one of the most important contemporary American artists and a significant period of his activity when objects he created virtually reinvented collage.

Viewers have until Jan. 9 to view Elizabeth Murray at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). One of the most comprehensive retrospectives thus far of a noted contemporary painter, the exhibit features work over four decades of innovation.

While at MoMA, you can catch Beyond the Visible: The Art of Odilon Redon, an exhibition on the works of a 19th-century French artist whose charcoal drawings and paintings have an air of mystery about them.

Theres drama at the Jewish Museum, where a new exhibit focuses on the 60-year career of a great actress. Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama runs through April 2. In another exhibit, the museum commissioned 13 artists to undertake photography and video projects that reveal the diversity of Jews in America today. The result is The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography, which runs through Jan. 29. 

Andy Warhol is the attraction at the Childrens Museum of Manhattan in an exhibition that re-creates his 1980s exhibit in Zurich, Paintings for Children. The Art of Andy Warhol, through May 28, includes prints from his Myth series starring Superman and Uncle Sam and offers interactive workshops for youngsters.

Philadelphia --The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is running Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World from Dec. 15 to April 30. Shown here, Dr. Franklins Profile" by Red Grooms.Its all-American and its a big exhibit at the National Constitution Center running  through April 30, before it travels to other U.S. cities and overseas. In celebration of the 300th birthday of one of Americas founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World immerses visitors in a display of over 250 artifacts and more than 40 interactive devices. Shown at right is Dr. Franklins Profile" by Red Grooms. 

Princeton, N.J. -- A joint exhibition explores the impact of Homers epics on French painting. The Legacy of Homer: Four Centuries of Art From the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris runs through Jan. 15 at the Princeton University Art Museum and through Jan. 22 at the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York.

Salem, Mass. -- One of the most celebrated buildings in the world is the subject of an exhibition through July 23 at the Peabody Essex Museum. Taj Mahal, the Building of a Legend includes paintings, watercolors, photographs and objects exploring its mystery.

San Diego -- India is the focus in an exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, as well, featuring 125 major works from the 14th through 19th century. Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting runs through Jan. 22.

Stockbridge, Mass. -- Through May 31, the Norman Rockwell Museum looks at a century of imaginative magazine illustrations in National Geographic: The Art of Exploration. 

Washington -- The National Gallery of Art commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Paul Cezanne with a major exhibition featuring the artists work in and around his birthplace in Cezanne in Provence from Jan. 29 to Sept. 17. The museum also features masterpieces by some of the worlds greatest sculptors in Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence through Dec. 31.

Williamsburg, Va. -- Colonial Williamsburg celebrates a festive season with its annual holiday exhibition, A Childs World: Toys and Art, through Sept. 4. The exhibit includes antique toys such as fire engines and doll houses as well as paintings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

International

Edinburgh, Scotland -- Some of the worlds top designers are featured in Fabric to Fashion: Scottish Textiles and International Style. Running through March 12 at the Museum of Scotland, the exhibition shows how top designers draw on Scottish textiles to create their designs.

Goteborg, Sweden -- Over 400 films will be screened at the Goteborg Film Festival, Scandinavias largest such event, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6.

Hamburg, Germany -- Germany is noted for its Christmas markets, and Hamburgs is one of the most colorful and exciting. Through Dec. 23, the fair fills several squares in the city center, each with a different theme. 

London -- Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris, through Feb. 5 at the Tate Modern, is the first show of the artists work in the U.K. in more than 80 years. It includes allegorical paintings and portraits and a large group of the artists well-known jungle paintings.    

Paris -- An unusual show, Melancholy: Genius and Madness in the West, running through Jan. 16 at the Grand Palais, focuses on work by such troubled artists as Vincent van Gogh, William Blake and Eugene Delacroix.

Long-time arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and editor of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published by Museums Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and the Art Knowledge Corp. For more details visit www.travelartspartnership.com.

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