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.
Rudi Gernreich Institute of Contemporary Art (through Nov. 11). During the swinging sixties and liberated seventies, Austrian-born Gernreich invented the monokini, the no-bra, and the now infamous thong—as well as the unisex look. In an installation by the equally revolutionary architecture team Coop Himmelb(l)au, the designer who proclaimed "fashion will go out of fashion" gets his due.
Thomas Eakins Philadelphia Museum of Art (Oct. 7—Jan. 6). A very American painter, the city's native son was one of the first to use photography in his work, which is perhaps why he excelled at athletic scenes and penetrating portraits.
Virtue and Beauty National Gallery 0f Art (through Jan. 6). Women—consorts and aristocrats, legendary beauties and belles bourgeoises—are the subject of a show that assembles portraits by Renaissance masters—Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Bronzino, and Rogier van der Weyden, to name a few.
Impressionist Still Life Phillips Collection (through Jan. 13). More than 80 paintings from 55 collections trace the progress of apples and oranges from Courbet to Cézanne. Includes rarely seen works by Monet, Manet, Berthe Morisot, and Gauguin.
Gifts to the Tsars Indianapolis Museum of Art (through Jan. 13). Eastern Orthodox relics, presents from Ottoman sultans, and horse blankets from Western kings mingle with the personal effects of the likes of Ivan the Terrible.
Vatican Two: Rome's Newest Church
When American architect Richard Meier (renowned for his design of L.A.'s Getty Center) submitted his plans for a new church in Rome, he said to Pope John Paul II, "I can only imagine how Michelangelo felt when he presented his model to Pope Julius IV." The $10 million church, located four miles from central Rome on a site adjacent to a 1960's housing development known as Tor Tre Teste, will be completed next summer. Three curved white shells of precast concrete encase a central sanctuary, a smaller chapel for weekday use, and a baptistery. Commissioned by the Archdiocese of Rome to mark the new millennium, the Jubilee Church is one of 15 places of worship currently being built across the city that surrounds the Sistine Chapel.
Dream City Noir
A wildly idiosyncratic ride through the imagination of a homegrown American surrealist, Mulholland Drive, David Lynch's latest film, is named after the road that divides the fantasyland of Hollywood from the humdrum Valley. Opening this month, the film follows two actresses (Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring) from glamorous Modernist houses to seedy downtown Spanish nightclubs to the shabby haunts of legendary tap dancers. "The spark for my film," says Lynch (who shared the prize for best director at Cannes this year), "was the name Mulholland Drive on a signpost at night, partially illuminated by a car's headlights. It's a dark and mysterious road, with all kinds of stories attached to it. And drifting along it makes me dream."
Viennese-born art dealer and curator Serge Sabarsky spent a lifetime bringing Austrian art to New York. Five years after his death, the museum he conceived with art patron Ronald Lauder opens in a converted Beaux-Arts mansion. Galleries will be devoted to works by painters Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, and the furnishings of architects Josef Hoffmann, Adolph Loos, and Otto Wagner. In keeping with Sabarsky's vision, there's even a café modeled on Vienna's 19th-century coffeehouses. Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave.; 212/628-6200.