NY Fall Museum Preview
It wouldn’t be Fall in New York without some blockbuster museum shows to get excited about and 2017 is no exception. Kicking off the season is MOMA with a major survey of works by Max Ernst (Sept 23) comprising around 100 works from the Dada and surrealist artist’s experimental career that spanned painting (see left), collages, rubbings, sculptures of painted stone and bronze, prints, and illustrated books and collage novels. MOMA will also turn the focus on the printed works of Louise Bourgeois (Sept 24). Considered to be one of the 20th century’s foremost sculptors, the exhibition will feature never-before-exhibited prints and illustrated books alongside related sculptures, drawings, and paintings dated from the beginning of her career in the 1940s until the last two decades of her life.
Given the debate swirling around the role identity politics played in the 2016 election it seems appropriate that the New Museum should revisit what has been a perennial theme for the museum since it’s inception in the 80’s. Trigger: Gender As A Tool And A Weapon (Sept 27) brings together 40 contemporary artists who address the subject head-on in an exhibition that features specially-commissioned works and events. Find a full list of artists here: http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/trigger-gender-as-a-tool-and-as-a-weapon
A true pioneer of identity politics gets a long-overdue comprehensive retrospective at MOMA PS1 this season. Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting (Oct 22) begins with rarely seen examples of the artist’s early paintings of the 1950s and their evolution into assemblages made in the 1960s, which integrated objects, mechanical elements, and modes of deconstruction. In the late 1960s Schneemann began positioning her own body within her work in performances (see image on home page) which dared to go further than most artists before or since.
The Guggenheim lifts a curtain on a rarely-seen side of geometric abstractionist Josef Albers (Nov 3) with a show dedicated to photographs and photo-collages taken by the artist during trips to Mexico and other Latin American countries where Albers found inspiration in the architecture of ancient Mesoamerica (left).
Watch this space for updates as the season progresses…