Cultural Hit List
London "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist Bourgeois is still going strong in her nineties. This show, which spans seven decades of drawings, sculpture, and installations, reflects the synthesis of the major movements of the 20th century in her highly personal art. "An American's Passion for British Art: Paul Mellon's Legacy," at the Royal Academy of Arts (Oct. 20–Jan. 27; royal academy.org.uk). "It took an American collector to make the English look again at their own paintings," a noted London art dealer once remarked of Paul Mellon. Some 150 treasures from the philanthropist's collection (which now belongs to the Yale Center for British Art) will cross the pond for an exhibition celebrating the centennial of his birth.
Paris "Alberto Giacometti's Studio," at the Centre Pompidou (Oct. 17–Feb. 11; centrepompidou.fr). Giacometti's attenuated sculptures seldom travel, because of their extreme fragility. This exhibition offers a wide selection of them, along with paintings, drawings, writings, and a complete re-creation of his atelier. Plus, the Pompidou marks its 30th anniversary this year with a rehanging of its holdings—Europe's largest— of Modern and contemporary art.
Vienna "Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting," at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Oct. 18–Jan. 6; khm.at). Does the loose brushwork of Titian's late style represent unfinished painterly business, or a new direction heralding the next generation?This and other questions will be explored in a show that includes the museum's recently restored Titian, Nymph and Shepherd, as well as works by Tintoretto and Bassano.
New York "Impressed by Light: British Photography from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Sept. 25–Dec. 31; metmuseum.org). Calotypes—early photographs made from paper negatives— were well suited for travel photography. The more than 100 rare images displayed here include mementos of the Grand Tour and colonial India. This fall also brings the reopening of the Wrightsman Galleries for 18th-Century French Decorative Arts (Oct. 30), and the reinstallation of the Met's stellar collection of Oceanic art (Nov. 14). "Zhang Huan: Altered States," at the Asia Society (through Jan. 20; asiasociety.org). The performance artist who sat covered in honey and fish oil in a Beijing latrine to attract flies and protest political repression gets his first retrospective. Included are photographs and recent sculptures informed by China, New York, and his travels.
Washington, D.C. "J.M.W. Turner," at the National Gallery of Art (Oct. 1–Jan. 6; nga.gov). The most comprehensive U.S. survey of this quintessentially modern painter, whose studies of the sublime effects of light and shadow on land and sea made him an Expressionist avant la lettre.
Miami "Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid-Century Miami," at the Bass Museum of Art (Dec. 5–Feb. 24; bassmuseum.org). Sketches, photographs, and furniture illustrate the exuberant style of the architects and designers—Alfred Browning Parker, George Farkas, Morris Lapidus—who shaped the look of houses and hotels in southern Florida. The show features a reconstruction of the dining room in the Miami Beach residence of Lapidus, for whom "too much was nowhere near enough."