There’s so much happening in the arts world this autumn that we thought we’d round up our picks by region. We’re kicking off in the USA, where the autumn arts exhibitions are must-sees from coast to coast.
Washington, DC. The National Gallery of Art. Romance is in the air with a special exhibition of Jean Honoré Fragonard’s (1732-1806) “fantasy figures” –as this lavishly painted series of pleasure pursuers is known. For the first time, 14 of Fragonard’s iconic fantasy figures will be on display together – alongside a recently discovered Fragonard drawing known as “Sketches of Portraits”. It features 18 thumbnail sketches that annotate these 14 paintings plus four other unknown works. This show will be an excellent opportunity to wallow in the height of Rococo art and also to learn about the intense research that made the exhibition possible. Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures. 8 Oct to 3 Dec 2017
New York. The Met Breuer. The Met’s newest outpost, The Breuer, specializes in modern and contemporary art. This season, it will host a fantastic exhibition we mentioned in July -and that we happened to see in San Francisco – so we really know what we’re recommending. A beautiful display of works by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944), this show is an emotional trip through Munch’s life and work – starting with his earliest self portrait and ending with one of his final works: Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed (1940–43). In between you can spy the origins of The Scream (it’s not included in this show), and the evolution of his unmistakable style. Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed 15 Nov 2017 to 4 Feb 2018
Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art. This historical museum - you know, the one with the Rocky steps, has vast and varied holdings thanks in part to John G Johnson, who was a hugely famous 19th century lawyer and an almost unrivaled collector of art. On his death in 1917, he left 1500 works to the city of Philadelphia. Photos of Johnson’s home show works by Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, and Monet stacked two and three deep. This autumn, the Museum celebrates the Johnson collection with a huge show in three sections: Early Italian and Netherlandish Paintings, The Dutch Golden Age and Impressionism and Beyond. Don’t miss this one, Sweeties! Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection. 3 Nov 2017 to 19 Feb 2018
San Francisco. The Legion of Honor is home to one of the largest collections of sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in the US. This season, a special exhibition will pair the collection with works by another groundbreaking artist, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter looks at the connections between the artists, who are known to have met once in 1902. It is also the first survey of Klimt’s works in California – which is truly hard to believe. Who knows when the next chance will come to see Klimt in Fog City – this will be a hot ticket, Sweeties. Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter. 14 Oct 2017 to 28 Jan 2018
Also, if you have an interest in Japanese art, this is the autumn for you, Sweeties. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Atmosphere in Japanese Painting – an exploration of how weather is evoked in ink-and-water works. (Until 14 Feb 2018). The Saint Louis Art Museum takes a look at A Century of Japanese Prints with a selection of 100 modern and contemporary works from the Museum’s permanent collection. (Until 28 Jan 2018) And, the Art Institute of Chicago is showcasing City and Country: Views of Urban and Rural Japan, which takes a look at the radical changes in Japan’s landscape and cityscape in the early 20th century. (Until 31 Dec 2017.)