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T+L Picks the Best in Global Art

Madonna illustration by Andy Warhol

From New York’s MoMA to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, T+L picks the season’s best global art exhibits.

Paris: Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris reignited interest in Gertrude Stein and her legendary Paris salon, and this fall visitors to the City of Light can get a taste of the real thing at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Oct. 5–Jan. 16, 2012). “Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso: The Stein Family,” an exhibition of some 250 paintings, drawings, and prints, comes from the collections of Gertrude, her siblings Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife, Sarah.

Vienna: “Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffmann: Pioneers of Modernism” at the Lower Belvedere (Oct. 25–Mar. 4) focuses on the intense collaboration of the painter and architect from their founding of the Vienna Secession in 1897 until Klimt’s death in 1918.

New York City: “De Kooning: A Retrospective,” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (Sept. 18–Jan. 9, 2012), is the first survey to consider the full scope of the career of this Rotterdam-born American Abstract Expressionist.

“Crafting Modernism: Mid-Century American Art and Design” at the Museum of Arts & Design (Oct. 11–Jan. 15, 2012) examines the postwar work of a variety of figures, from furniture maker George Nakashima to countercultural fiber artist Sheila Hicks.

Boston: “Degas and the Nude” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Oct. 9–Feb. 5, 2012), a joint exhibition with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, traces Edgar Degas’s treatment of the nude for more than half a century, as early figures of classical beauty gave way to prostitutes and bathers that appear as avatars of modernity.

Washington, D.C.: Andy Warhol’s preoccupation with celebrity led him to transform news media into art. “Warhol: Headlines” at the National Gallery of Art (Sept. 25–Jan. 2, 2012) explores his paintings, prints, films, and videos inspired by tabloid headlines.

Illustration © 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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