Exhibition view of Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer, Tate Modern, London, 2018. © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Jack Hems.
The Best Art Shows to See Right Now
In goop’s seventh newsletter, we gave readers a rundown of the best art shows at museums and galleries that they could see the very same day. And we’re doing it again here, with a collection of the blockbuster exhibits we’re most excited about in NYC, LA, London, and Paris—all going on right now.
NEW YORK CITY
Installation view of Constantin Brâncuși Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 22, 2018–February 18, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly.
At the Brooklyn Museum, the focus is on women—specifically, the artists that make up its permanent collection. The exhibit Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection consists of more than a hundred works (from artists like photographer An-My Lê and painters Yolanda López and Betty Tompkins) that deal with gender, race, and class. (Be aware if you bring your kids: There’s sexually explicit material here.) The title comes from a 1989 poster by the Guerrilla Girls (an anonymous, NYC-based feminist organization) that read, “You’re seeing less than half the picture without the vision of women artists and artists of color.” (Through March 31, 2019.) Over at MoMA, the famed Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, who died in 1957, gets his own show that displays the museum’s collection of eleven of his sculptures—the first time all the pieces will be shown together, alongside drawings, photographs, and films. (Through February 18, 2019.) And at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 looks at artwork made by computers and automation, asking the question: How has technology shaped art, images, and culture? (Through April 14, 2019.)
Top: Tamiko Thiel (b. 1957) (with /p), Unexpected Growth, 2018. Augmented reality installation, healthy phase. Commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bottom left: Betty Tompkins (born Washington, D.C., 1945). Apologia (Artemesia Gentileschi #4), 2018. Acrylic on paper, 11 x 8.5 in (27.9 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Emily Winthrop Miles Fun and Robert A. Levinson Fund, TL2018.10 © Betty Tompkins. Photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum.
Installation view of David Lynch: I was a Teenage Insect at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles. Images courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Flying Studio.
In the art world, Robert Rauschenberg is synonymous with LA, so it follows that LACMA currently has a show exploring his relationship with the city. Rauschenberg: In and About L.A. is a look at how one place has the power to totally inspire and influence an artist. (Through February 10, 2019.) At the Broad, meanwhile, two of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms are on display. The Pop Art master has created interactive spaces where visitors step into mirror-lined rooms with flashing LED lights. It feels like stepping into a disco in some alternate, computer-generated universe. (Ongoing.) Over at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery, avant-garde film director David Lynch takes the spotlight in I Was a Teenage Insect, showing his new collection of paintings, drawings, and watercolors that delve into the dark side of dreams and human emotions. (Through November 3, 2018.)
Left: Robert Rauschenberg, L.A. Uncovered #2, 1998, twelve-color screenprint, 24 1/2 × 20 3/4 in., Gemini G.E.L., LLC, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Gemini G.E.L., published by Gemini G.E.L., photo courtesy Gemini G.E.L. Right: Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system and acrylic balls. 113 1/4 x 163 1/2 x 163 1/2 in. The Broad Art Foundation. © Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy of David Zwirner, NY.
Installation view Jackson Pollock Whitechapel Gallery 1958 Whitechapel Gallery Archive Photo by Sam Lambert.
The relationship between fashion and the natural world is closely examined at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashioned from Nature. Aside from objects like whalebone corsets and earrings made from birds of paradise, it offers a look at how the modern fashion industry has impacted the environment and what the future holds in terms of sustainability. (Through January 27, 2019.) At the Tate Modern, Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer is an exhibit made up of four rooms that the conceptual artist has outfitted with marble benches, electronic signs, and sculptural LED installations. Each of these acts as a canvas for words and phrases that are a commentary on topics like war and social epidemics. (Through July 31, 2019.) Another American artist is the subject of Whitechapel Gallery’s exhibit Staging Jackson Pollock. It’s a single painting—Pollock’s iconic Summertime 9A—that premiered in London at Whitechapel in 1958. Sixty years later, it’s returned to the same place, for new generations to see the drip painting that made him famous. (Through March 24, 2019.)
Top: Exhibition view of Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer, Tate Modern, London, 2018 © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Jack Hems. Bottom left: Outfit made from leather off cuts and surplus yarn, Katie Jones, 2017. Photograph by Rachel Mann. Bottom center: Exhibition view of Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer, Tate Modern, London, 2018 © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Jack Hems. Bottom right: Ensemble, Stella McCartney, Winter 2017. © Stella McCartney.
Hill of the Buddha, 2015 © Photo: Shigeo Ogawa.
Picasso’s Blue and Rose periods lasted through his early twenties, from 1900 to 1906, while he was living in Paris’s Montmartre neighborhood among other artists, writers, and poets. This is the focus of the Musée d’Orsay’s Picasso: Blue and Rose, which brings together a large number of paintings and drawings that express loneliness and suffering (blue) and then more optimistic, lighthearted portraits of clowns, acrobats, and carnival performers (rose). (Through January 6, 2019.) Across the Seine, at the Centre Pompidou, the Tadao Ando retrospective pays tribute to the superstar Japanese architect with a look at fifty major projects he’s completed, along with 180 drawings and seventy original models. The anchor of the show is an installation entitled Naoshima—a work that represents the architect’s dialogue with the natural landscapes of Japan’s Naoshima Island. (Through December 31, 2018.) And at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the entire career of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat is the subject of its autumn show, which will occupy four floors of this Frank Gehry–designed building in the Bois de Boulogne. One hundred twenty works will be on display, including pieces never before shown in Europe. (Through January 14, 2019.)