Art Across America

ARIZONA

PHOENIX

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM

Painting Revolution: Kandinsky, Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde

April 1-July 2

This is the first American venue for early 20th-century Russian abstract art by Kandinsky, Malevich, and their contemporaries. They focused on relationships among shapes, colors, and textures.

(602) 257-1222

www.phxart.org

CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES

THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM

Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best

Feb. 15-June 4

Before Ansel Adams there was Carleton Watkins. The 19th-century nature photographer immortalized the frontiers of the American West. Landscapes of Yosemite and other startling vistas are on display in 63 photographs.

(310) 440-7300

www.getty.edu/museum/

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

The Age of Piranesi: Printmaking in Italy in the Eighteenth Century

Feb. 17-May 14

The etchings, woodcuts, and engravings of Giambattista Piranesi form the main, but by no means exclusive, focus of this snapshot of Enlightenment era artists. Works by Piranesi's contemporaries such as Tiepolo typify that period's interest in geographical, architectural, and religious themes.

(323) 857-6000

www.lacma.org

CONNECTICUT

HARTFORD

WADSWORTH ATHENEUM

Salvador Dali's Optical Illusions

Through March 26

An imaginative examination of the artist's interest in the potential of images to twist people's perceptions. The display of 60 of Dali's trademark 'dreamscapes' is accompanied by occasional lectures and periodic screenings of Dali's film collaborations.

(860) 278-2670

www.wadsworthatheneum.org

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

Honor Daumier

Feb. 19-May 14

Surprisingly, this is the first major US exhibition of the famed 19th-century artist, who influenced the next generation of Impressionist painters. Daumier's interest in the condition of the everyday man and in political commentary affects the subject matter of 245 works, including sculptures and oils culled from a 50-year career.

(202) 387-2151

www.phillipscollection.org

FLORIDA

BOCA RATON

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF CARTOON ART

Fifty Years of PEANUTS: The Art of Charles M. Schulz

Through April 2

The centerpiece of this exhaustive collection of Peanuts art and related artifacts is a three-dimensional re-creation of Charlie Brown's neighborhood, complete with a baseball mound, psychiatry booth, and Snoopy's doghouse. The exhibit examines the 50-year evolution of the strip and its influence on society.

(561) 391-2200

www.cartoon.org

WEST PALM BEACH

NORTON MUSEUM OF ART

Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: Treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts

Through March 12

A selection of 64 paintings and 12 sculptures from London's Royal Academy of Arts hones in on art of Victorian England produced by the Academy's Lord Leighton and Landseer, among others. Prize pieces include 'A Souvenir of Velazquez,' by Millais.

(561) 832-5196

www.norton.org

GEORGIA

ATLANTA

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART

John Twachtman: An American Impressionist

Feb. 26-May 21

Twachtman's European travels influenced his landscapes and portraits. The artist is best known for his cool tones and his interest in focusing more on landscape than sky.

(404) 733-4400

www.high.org

MAINE

PORTLAND

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART

In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West

Through March 19

Though it is Adams's photos that get top billing, his works hang next to nature photographs by his 19th- and 20th-century peers, such as George Fiske and Carleton Watkins.

(207) 775-6148

www.portlandmuseum.org

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Joyce J. Scott Kickin' It with the Old Masters

Through May 21

A smorgasbord of nearly 100 pieces of jewelry, paintings, textiles, beaded sculpture, and fiber arts is imaginatively intertwined with the gallery's traditional masterpieces. Scott's work comments on race and gender and is typified by a vibrancy and humor that draws upon her African influences and time spent training as an artist in Mexico.

(410) 396-7100

www.artbma.org

MASSACHUSETTS

SALEM

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

Suggestive Curves: The Art of Watercraft

Through May 7

Kayaks, canoes, and even surfboards turn up at The Peabody's look at the craft of boatmaking over two centuries. Boats from Greenland, Indonesia, Taiwan, Burma, and North America illustrate how functional objects can incorporate beautiful aesthetics.

(978) 745-9500

www.pem.org

STOCKBRIDGE

THE NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM AT STOCKBRIDGE

Before TV: American Culture, Illustration, and The Saturday Evening Post

Through June 11

Norman Rockwell's work features heavily, but not exclusively, in this look at The Saturday Evening Post and how its artwork and advertising impacted popular culture. Visitors can sit in period-style living rooms of the '40s and '50s.

(413) 298-4100

www.nrm.org

MICHIGAN

DETROIT

THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS

Van Gogh: Face to Face

March 12-June 4

Sixty of Vincent Van Gogh's portraits are gathered for the first time. The faces captured on canvas were those of everyday folks such as fishermen, peasant girls, and pensioners. In addition to his patented dash strokes in oil, there are also portraits sketched in ink.

(313) 833-7900

www.dia.org

MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS

THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS

The Foot in the Door Show

Through April 2

This show is just that, an opportunity for some 1,740 Minnesota artists to show their works. The only criteria: Each work has to be small enough to fit inside a 12-in.-square box. This is the third time in three decades that the institute has compiled this exhibition.

(612) 870-3000

www.artsMIA.org

MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON

MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART

The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality

Feb. 12-June 6

Art from the Old West captures the pioneer spirit of the American expansion, 1840-1940. The exhibition includes art by explorers and painters such as George Catlin and Georgia O' Keefe.

(601) 960-1515

www.msmuseumart.org

NEW YORK

NEW YORK

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

'Only the Best': Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.

Through Feb. 27

Renovations at Lisbon's Calouste Gulbenkian Museum provide an opportunity for Americans to view the museum's collection of paintings by the likes of Turner, Manet, and Rubens, as well as historical artifacts such as Roman medals and Armenian illuminated manuscripts.

(212) 535-7710

www.metmuseum.org

THE GUGGENHEIM

The Worlds of Nam June Paik

Feb. 11-April 26

A seven-story waterfall dissected by a laser projection forms the centerpiece of the Korean multimedia artist's first American retrospective since 1982. A kaleidoscope of changing images projected onto the ceiling illustrates Paik's fascination with the moving image.

(212) 423-3500

www.guggenheim.org/

OHIO

COLUMBUS

THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART

Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland

Feb. 18-April 30

Collection of more than 100 paintings and photographs created in the American Midwest between the '20s and '40s reflects how the heart of the country viewed itself at a time when America became aware of its world domination. The artworks encompass the region's geography and home life.

(614) 221-6801

www.columbusart.mus.oh.us/

TEXAS

DALLAS

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Degas to Picasso: Painters, Sculptors, and the Camera

Feb. 1-May 7

This exhibition examines how photography influenced Impressionist and Surrealist painters. For some, photography was a new art medium to explore, while for others the accuracy of photographic images inspired them to forsake preciseness for subjective examinations of their subject matter.

(214) 922-1200

www.dm-art.org

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