The best has yet to come…Upcoming Art Exhibitions

With the beginning of a new year let’s take a look at art museums across the nation and their notable upcoming exhibitions. Starting with New England I will work my way across the country and relay to you some of the must-see art exhibitions coming up this year. Stay tuned for further installments because the best has yet to come…

Connecticut: 

 The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Virgil Marti/ MATRIX 167 August 1, 2013 – January 5, 2014

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“Textile-based installations engage with high and low culture and, in particular, with the ornamental excesses of interior design, including baroque chandeliers, garish fabric pillows, faux-fur and chintz banquettes, and flocked black-light wallpaper.”

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Bill Viola: Ascension February 13 – August 11, 2013

“In Ascension, viewed from underwater, a figure violently crashes into a still body of water and hovers in cruciform. Lit by horizontal beams of blue light, the lifeless form slowly rises to the surface before sinking out of view. Viola, a pioneer in the field of video art and a longstanding leader in contemporary art, explores the possibilities of the video medium as an avenue to self-knowledge. Focusing on universal human experiences—birth, death, grief, consciousness—Viola’s work is rooted in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism.”

Massachusetts:

MASS MoCA: Mark Dion: The Octagon Room March 23, 2013

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MASS MoCA: Jason Middlebrook May 26, 2013–Apr 7, 2014

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ICA Boston: This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980’s thru March 3, 2013

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston: New Blue and White February 20 – July 14, 2013

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MFA Boston: Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street January 19 – September 8, 2013

“These powerful images capture the gritty reality of life on the block between First and Second Avenues, which had been described during the 1950s as the most dangerous in the entire city. Davidson began the project in 1967, when this section of East Harlem was slowly improving. Carrying his bulky, large-format camera and tripod, Davidson returned almost daily for nearly two years recording the strength and diversity of the inhabitants of this Harlem neighborhood.”

Maine:

Portland Museum of Art: Lois Dodd: Catching the Light January 17, 2013 – April 7, 2013
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Tennis Anyone? 1999 oil on plywood, 14-3/4 x 18-1/8 inches

Portland Museum of Art: Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx February 2, 2013 – May 19, 2013

“Voices of Design will celebrate 25 years of Portland’s Architalx lecture series with an interactive exhibition that showcases the power of design.”

Portland Museum of Art: Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted September 7, 2013 – December 8, 2013

“Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted will showcase recent work by the celebrated New York-based Iraqi artist and will include a number of new paintings and drawings that continue to chart the artist’s unique and powerful visual vocabulary of violence, survival, and history”

Farnsworth Art Museum: Decorating the Everyday: Popular Art From The Farnsworth December 26, 2012 – September 22, 2013

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Maker unknown, Figurehead, c.1835-1855, wood and paint (originally polychrome), 46 3/4 x 22 x 19 1/2 in

New Hampshire: 

Currier Museum of Art: Contemporary Connections Abigail Anne Newbold: Crafting Settlement March 30 – July 14, 2013
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Hood Museum of Art: The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith & Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints April 6 – July 28, 2013

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Itō Shinsui, Japanese, 1898-1972, Washing the Hair, woodblock print, 1952

Rhode Island:

RISD Museum of Art: Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion April 28 – August 18, 2013

“In a groundbreaking exhibition—drawn from our collection and loans from other national and international organizations and private individuals—the RISD Museum celebrates the dandy, tracing the variety of ways in which this personality has blazed through two centuries and investigating where he resides today.”

Newport Art Museum & Art Association: SHELF LIFE: Paintings by Gerry Perrino January 19 – May 12, 2013

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Desire and Denial (Still Life with Toy and Photo), oil on panel, 11 x 7in,  2010

Vermont: 

Shelburne Museum: Wyeth Vertigo June 22 – October 27, 2013

“Wyeth Vertigo examines extreme perspectives, unconventional angles and powerful narratives  in 40 works by  N.C. Wyeth,  Andrew Wyeth and  Jamie Wyeth, three generations of one of the most influential families in modern American art.”

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