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5 Exhibitions You Should Visit in New York this Winter

There’s just simply no better activity one could do during dark and snowy days than look at something aesthetically pleasing or emotionally provocative. Because of this, I’ve gathered a list of exhibitions I’m super excited to visit in New York this season!

 

But just in case you won’t be making your way over the Atlantic any time soon, check out our list of London exhibitions here.

 

Whether you’re keen to go and enjoy art alone, on a date, or with a group of friends; or whether you’re in the mood for installations, photography or paintings – you’ll hopefully be able to find something to your liking below!

Yasumasa Morimura, Une moderne Olympia, 2018

Yasumasa Morimura – Ego Obscura 

Where: Japan Society

October 12 – January 13, 2019

Find more information here.

 

“Japan’s most prolific and versatile contemporary artists, Yasumasa MorimuraEgo Obscura highlights Morimura’s 30-year-long project of excavating ‘the self’ from layers of art history, Japanese postwar history, and personal history.

In addition to major photographic self-portraits, for which Morimura transformed himself into iconic artistic and pop culture figures, the exhibition will also feature the U.S. premiere of the artist’s first full-length video work, Egó Sympósion (2016) and his latest cinematic installation Egó Obscura (2018).”

Courtsey of MoMA

Charles White: A Retrospective

Where: MoMA

Through January 13, 2019

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“’Art must be an integral part of the struggle,’ Charles White insisted. ‘It can’t simply mirror what’s taking place. … It must ally itself with the forces of liberation.’ Over the course of his four-decade career, White’s commitment to creating powerful images of African Americans—what his gallerist and, later, White himself described as ‘images of dignity’—was unwavering. Using his virtuoso skills as a draftsman, printmaker, and painter, White developed his style and approach over time to address shifting concerns and new audiences. In each of the cities in which he lived over the course of his career—Chicago, New York, and, finally, Los Angeles—White became a key figure within a vibrant community of creative artists, writers, and activists.”

Photograph: Tate, London, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New Yor

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again

Where: Whitney Museum of American Art

Nov 12, 2018 – Mar 31, 2019

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“Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.”

© Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Nov 12, 2018 – Mar 31, 2019

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“When Hilma af Klint began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from any recognizable references to the physical world. It was years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to rid their own artwork of representational content. Yet while many of her better-known contemporaries published manifestos and exhibited widely, af Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private. She rarely exhibited them and, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her work, stipulated that it not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her work was all but unseen until 1986, and only over the subsequent three decades have her paintings and works on paper begun to receive serious attention.”

Photograph: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum, Courtesy Dr. Kenneth Montague|The Wedge Collection, Toronto, the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Where: Brooklyn Museum

September 14, 2018–February 3, 2019

Find more information here.

 

“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Black artists across the country worked in communities, in collectives, and individually to create a range of art responsive to the moment—including figurative and abstract painting, prints, and photography; assemblage and sculpture; and performance.”

by Michelle Hallstrom
cover photo via guggenheim.org