Metropolitan Museum of Art
Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity
Through May 27, 2013
Velázquez’s Portrait of Duke Francesco I d'Este—A Masterpiece from the Galleria Estense, Modena
Through July 14, 2013
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
The Frick Collection
Piero della Francesca in America
Through May 19, 2013
The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark
Through June 16, 2013
1 East 70th Street, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art
American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe
945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s big blockbusters are the Costume Institute’s fashion
shows—Punk: Chaos to Couture is the latest—so it’s
no surprise that curators conjured a hybrid exhibit of fashion and art. Impressionism,
Fashion and Modernity is a canny exploration of how artists from Manet,
Renoir and Monet to Cezanne, Corot and Cassatt were influenced by then-contemporary
styles. By combining dozens of canvases, familiar and obscure, with
complementary clothing from dresses and suits to hats and footwear, the
exhibition visualizes how the seminal years from 1860-1890 evolved for the Impressionists.
This new angle from which to explore these artists is also a chance to look at
|Monet's Women in the Garden|
Another Met exhibit, Velázquez’s Portrait of Duke Francesco I d'Este—A Masterpiece from the Galleria Estense, Modena, shows off the Spanish master’s exquisite jewel of a portrait, now on loan from an Italian museum heavily damaged in an earthquake last year. It’s not only a must-see painting, but a must-learn lesson in the fragility of out artistic treasures when Mother Nature decides to intervene.
|Renoir's Pinning the Hat|
The Frick Collection’s current exhibits include Piero della Francesca in America, which brings together seven paintings from the renowned Renaissance artist, including six panels from his Sant’Agostino alterpiece: four of them already make the Frick their home; the others hail from Washington’s National Gallery of Art and Lisbon’s Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. These radiant panels, reunited for the first time since 1555, show the painstaking detail of Piero’s artistry. A seventh Piero work, a refined Virgin and Child from the Clark Institute in the Berkshires, rounds out the exhibit.
Another Frick show, The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark, which comprises 58 drawings, watercolors and prints from that venerable museum, is a veritable riot of colorful, balanced figures and locales. Highlights are Millet’s finely etched The Sower; Manet’s delightful At the Café; several splendid Degas animals; and Renoir’s voluptuous Pinning the Hat.
|Hopper's Early Sunday Morning|