After the December holiday season passes, it can seem like ages before warmer weather brings a new slate of festive occasions like barbecues, beach days, and fireworks. Though winter is not quite behind us yet, with the new year comes a new lineup of museum exhibitions to entertain and educate us as we move closer to springtime. From Paris to Los Angeles, whether you live near one of these major metropolises or will pass through for business or personal travel, be sure to take in these world-class exhibitions.
Andy Warhol: From A to B to and Back Again
Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold
Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now
Maryam Jafri: I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
Where: Centre Pompidou
When: February 6–May 6, 2019
This spring the Centre Pompidou presents Victor Vasarely: The Sharing of Forms, the first French retrospective devoted to the Op art figurehead in more than 50 years. Vasarely’s varied works – paintings, multiples, commercial and architectural projects – play with shapes and colors to create optical illusions.
The exhibition chronologically follows Vasarely’s career, grounded in socioeconomic context and addressing the major stages of the artist’s life, from his foundation in Bauhaus to formal innovations involving the fourth dimension.
Black Models – From Géricault to Matisse
Where: Musée d’Orsay
When: March 26–July 21, 2019
The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and the Musée d’Orsay have partnered for a two-part presentation that examines how black models crucially contributed to the development of modern art. In Paris, the exhibition will begin with portraits by Marie-Guillemine Benoist and Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault at the start of the 19th century.
Black Models – From Géricault to Matisse explores the work of the Impressionists on, including the portraiture of the Harlem Renaissance and works by Post-War and Contemporary artists. The exhibition is based on Dr. Denise Murrell’s 2013 dissertation for Columbia University’s department of art history and archaeology. The Musée d’Orsay, which is home to Édouard Manet’s Olympia, states in The New York Times that they hope the exhibition will attract “new audiences that might feel excluded from places like Orsay.”