Two Views: Art's New Face in Los Angeles
"Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collections," Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Oct. 7—Jan. 6); and "Douglas Gordon," Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen Contemporary (through Jan. 20). Among the world's preeminent collectors, Eli and Edythe Broad have assembled a virtual treasure-house of contemporary art—a Jasper Johns Flag, a Cindy Sherman Film Still, and a Jeff Koons bunny, to mention just three of more than 100 iconic works. Possibly the only major artist they haven't got, Douglas Gordon, has his own show—manipulated Hollywood films, video installations, and photographs—across town.
Eternal Egypt: Masterworks from the British Museum at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, Nov. 23—Feb. 24. Jacob Lawrence retrospective at the Whitney, New York, Nov. 8—Feb. 3. Norman Rockwell at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Nov. 16—March 3. Pieter Brueghel, the Elder, Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, through Dec. 2. Helmut Newton: Work at the ICP, New York, through Dec. 30. Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years at the Kennedy Library & Museum, Boston, through Feb. 28. Henry Moore at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Oct. 21—Jan. 27. Winslow Homer at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Oct. 6—Jan. 6. Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Tex., through Jan. 13. Frank Gehry: Retrospective at the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Oct. 29—Feb. 3.
Frank Auerbach Royal Academy of Arts (through Dec. 12). His brushy, figurative style may be an acquired taste, but it inspires devoted fans—including über-critic Robert Hughes. In paintings and drawings spanning five decades, Auerbach's painterly vision of London streets and English faces takes on an uncanny power.
Surrealism: Desire Unbound Tate Modern (through Jan. 1). To the Surrealists, heavily influenced by Freud, nothing was more compelling than the urgings of the id. The large-scale exhibition brings together numerous iconic works—among them Marcel Duchamp's transgendered Mona Lisa (L.H.O.O.Q.) and Maxim Gorky's The Charred Beloved—as well as lesser-known jewels from cult favorites Claude Cahun and Remedios Varo. Films, books, and pamphlets complete the exploration of the Surrealists' preoccupation with the properties of Eros.
Signac, 1863—1935: Master Neo-Impressionist Metropolitan Museum of Art (Oct. 9—Dec. 30). Long overshadowed by Seurat, his compatriot and fellow pointillist, Signac shines in the first major retrospective of his work in nearly 40 years. A concurrent show, "Neo-Impressionism: The Circle of Paul Signac," draws from the museum's extensive collection.
Alberto Giacometti Museum of Modern Art (Oct. 11—Jan. 8). Giacometti's attenuated figures seem to embody the anguish of his age. Organized with the Kunsthaus Zürich, this exhibition, the artist's first major New York museum show in three decades, decisively links the early Surrealist work to the Swiss visionary's more iconic pieces.
Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art 1964—1977 Whitney Museum (Oct. 18—Jan. 27). Yoko Ono's video sculpture, Bruce Nauman's groundbreaking film installations, and the experimental cinema of Michael Snow and Andy Warhol figure in a show that looks at how projected images forever transformed art-making.
Russel Wright Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (Nov. 20—March 10). A mid-century modern master whose recipes for easy living took every form—tableware, drawings, furniture. Some 350 objects add up to life, American-style.