"Hogarth" at Tate Britain (through Apr. 29). This wide-ranging retrospective, the most comprehensive devoted to the 18th-century British satirist and moralist William Hogarth in 30 years, includes portraits, conversation pieces, and proto-cinematic suites of paintings like The Rake’s Progress, and reveals an artist whose preoccupation with the city, sexuality, and corruption seems entirely contemporary.
"Sargent’s Venice" at Museo Correr (Mar. 23-July 22). Crumbling, licentious, and gloriously Byzantine, Venice cast an enchanted spell over 19th-century artists and literati. The first-ever solo exhibition of the expatriate American painter John Singer Sargent in the city he prized features watercolors and oils of Venetian churches, piazzas, palazzi, and waterways, many presented as he saw them from a gondola.
"The Gupta Empire, The Golden Age of Indian Civilization" at Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Apr. 4-June 25). India’s Gupta dynasty (from around A.D. 320 to 500) witnessed a flowering of developments in science, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, religion, and the arts. More than 100 sculptures, all of them on loan from major Indian collections, form the heart of this exhibition, which explores a period of vast influence and extreme aesthetic refinement, still little known in the West.
"Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Mar. 27-July 8). A point of departure for pilgrims to the Holy Land, and a "hinge" between Europe and the Middle East, Venice maintained robust trade and unbroken diplomatic relations with the Islamic world even in wartime. This unprecedented exhibition of glass, textiles, furniture, armor, manuscripts, and paintings explores centuries of artistic exchange between La Serenissima and Damascus, Alexandria, and Istanbul. "Global Feminisms" at the Brooklyn Museum (Mar. 23-July 1). This hotly anticipated show presents broadly political works, in an array of media, by more than 100 women artists from some 50 countries, including Sierra Leone and Indonesia.
"Edward Hopper" at the Museum of Fine Arts (May 6-Aug. 19). A retrospective devoted to America’s luminous premier painter of urban anomie includes nude studies and self-portraits as well as his more familiar restaurants, apartment interiors, lighthouses, and hotel rooms.
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"Georgia O’Keeffe: Circling Around Abstraction" at the Norton Museum of Art (Feb. 10-May 6). This show highlights O’Keeffe’s pioneering contribution to American abstract art, from the hypnotic swirl of petals in her painting of a white rose to the austere curves of pelvic bones in her later canvases.
"The Modern West: American Landscapes, 1890-1950" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Mar. 4-June 3). From Edward Weston’s photographs of the Western desert to Jackson Pollock’s appropriation of Native American symbols in his early paintings, this exhibition makes a compelling case for the central role of the frontier in shaping 20th-century American art.