New York Museums ’19

It is another exciting year of  art in New York. Here are a just a few of the exhibits that have caught our interest.

Andy Warhol @ The Whitney

There has been much excitement about the Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again exhibit. Running until March 31, 2019, this show is designed to reveal ‘new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduce a Warhol for the 21st Century.’

Moving from his work as a commercial illustrator in the fifties through his more meditative work in the late eighties, Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again also considers how Warhol increased his level of experimentation after surviving an attempted assassination in 1968.

Superman. 1961

Silver Liz (diptych). 1963

Vote McGovern. 1972

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. Paramount. 1984-85

Joan Miró @ MOMA

MOMA is one of our must-visit museums in New York, and from February 24th to July 6th, they will be showing Joan Miró: Birth of the World. You’ll find 60 paintings, paperworks, prints, most created between 1920 and 1950.

The exhibit is built around Miro’s 1925 The Birth of the World – a 8′ 2 3/4″ x 6′ 6 3/4″ canvas that reflects the inspiration the artist drew from poetry. He called the titular work ‘a sort of genesis.’

Portrait of Enric Cristòfol Ricart. 1917

The Escape Ladder. 1940

Golden Dutch @ The Met

Well, where to start at the Met? Amongst all their offerings is In Praise of Painting, an exhibit based on the  wonderful Golden Age of 17th Century Dutch Painting. The museum has been collecting Dutch works since 1871 and these 67 pieces from their collection include Vermeer, Rembrandt, Haverman, de Lairesse.

Johannes Vermeer. Young Woman with a Pitcher. 1662

Rembrandt van Rijn. Aristotle with a Bust of Homer. 1653

Johannes Vermeer. Allegory of the Catholic Faith. 1670-72

Margareta Haverman. A Vase of Flowers. 1716

Moroni @ The Frick

Giovanni Battista Moroni (~1520 – ~1580) is celebrated for his secular and religious portraits in the Northern Italian naturalistic style more famously attributed to Da Vinci, Caravaggio. This is the first major exhibit in the US to feature Moroni and his influential works, such as The Tailor.

Twenty of Moroni’s works will be complemented with time-relevant armour, jewelry, textiles.

The Tailor. 1570-75


Isotta Brembati. ~ 1555–56

Il Cavaliere in Rosa. 1560

Frida Kahlo @ Brooklyn Museum

From February 8th through May 12th, you can see Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at the Brooklyn Museum.

This extensive exhibit, named after a drawing unearthed from her re-opened house, gives us an intimate look into Kahlo’s paintings and personal possessions – painted corsets, Tehuana dresses, orthopaedic devices, medicines.

The Brooklyn exhibit was developed from the Making Her Self Up exhibit at the V&A London. Here’s a look at a related 2013 exhibit in el Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.

Basquiat @ The Guggenheim

From June 21st to November 6th, Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story will run at the Guggenheim. ‘This presentation will examine Basquiat’s exploration of Black identity, his protest against police brutality, and his attempts to craft a singular, aesthetic language of empowerment.’

Centring the exhibit is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) painted in 1983. It was a piece the artist painted on Keith Haring’s studio wall – a private expression to ‘commemorate the fate of the young, Black artist Michael Stewart at the hands of New York City’s transit police after allegedly tagging a wall in an East Village subway station.’

Stewart’s own work will be featured alongside Basquiat’s and that of other artists reacting to Stewart’s death, such as:

David Hammons. The Man Nobody Killed. 1986.

Tolkein @ The Morgan

‘Bilbo was very rich and very peculiar, and had been the wonder of the Shire for sixty years, ever since his remarkable disappearance and unexpected return.’

If this sentence immediately transports you into a world you know well, you will be excited about the exhibit running at the Morgan Library & Museum from January 25th through May 12. Tolkein: Maker of Middle Earth presents the author’s wonderful, original illustrations, his marked up manuscripts, maps…

Written by Elizabeth Newton

Header: Rembrandt. Bellona. 1633
(A Roman Goddess of War)


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