Seurat's Circus Sideshow
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
When: February 17 – May 29, 2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art focuses its exhibition Seurat's Circus Sideshow on one of The Met's most captivating masterpieces -- the canvas of the same name painted by the renowned pointillist in 1887-1888. It will be surrounded by a remarkable group of related works by Seurat, and his inimitable conté crayon drawings in particular. The presentation will fully illuminate the lineage of the motif and explore the circus sideshow (Parade de cirque) subject depicted by other artists in the nineteenth century, ranging from the great graphic artist Honoré Daumier at mid-century to the young Pablo Picasso at the fin de siècle.
The exhibition comprises more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, period posters, and illustrated journals that give a vivid sense of the seasonal fairs and traveling circuses of the day.
Among the highlights will be Fernand Pelez's epic Grimaces and Misery—The Saltimbanques (1888), loaned by Petit Palais, Paris.
Left: Georges Seurat, Trombonist (Study for "Circus Side Show"), 1887-88, conte crayon & chalk on buff laid paper. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA
Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time
Where: The Frick Collection, New York
When: February 23 - May 14, 2017
Nineteenth-century Britain’s greatest artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) depicted ports throughout his career, both in monumental oil paintings and in watercolors. The exhibition Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time that The Frick Collection will present in the spring of 2017, brings together some thirty-five works. They capture contemporary cities to Turner in England, France, and Germany, as well as imagined scenes from the ancient world.
The presentation highlights a pair of monumental paintings by Turner in The Frick Collection — The Harbor of Dieppe of 1825 and Cologne, The Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening of 1826 — that have never before been part of an exhibition outside of the museum. These two will be united with a closely related, unfinished work from Tate Britain that depicts the harbor of Brest.
Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Musem, New York
When: opens June 30, 2017
In 1892 Joséphin Péladan (1859–1918), an author, critic, and self-proclaimed high priest of the occult, organized the first Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris. This annual exhibition that took place five years subsequently, was focused on Symbolism, a mystical art trend dominating during the 1890s. It proclaimed the reign of mystical and mythical scenes, images of femmes fragiles and fatales, and androgynous creatures. Chimeras and incubi were the norm, as were attenuated figures and antinaturalistic forms.
Mystical Symbolism at Solomon R. Guggenheim Musem, New York will present about 40 works culled from the six Salon de la Rose+Croix exhibitions. It will capture a fascinating cross section of artists from transnational art trend adjoined in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. Among them are Jean Delville, Charles Filiger, Ferdinand Hodler, Fernand Khnopff, Georges Rouault, Jan Toorop, Félix Vallotton, and many others.
After the exhibition ends in New York, the Mystical Symbolism crosses the ocean and opens to visitors in Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice from October 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018.
American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: March 1 - May 14, 2017
This exhibition explores watercolor painting’s rise in the United States in the years between 1860 and 1925: from the craving of a small group of painters to the peak of modernism in the early twentieth century. In 1866 the American Watercolor Society was created. Soon it became the most liberal forum in New York. It united artists of all ages, styles, and backgrounds: avant-garde painters returning from Europe, the old school masters learning new tricks, illustrators looking for “fine art” status, and women artists seeking an entrée.
American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at Philadelphia Museum of Art will focus on the stars created by American watercolor movement, like Winslow Homer, John La Farge, Thomas Moran, and William Trost Richards. In the 1880s they were adjoined by Thomas Eakins, George Inness, and others. Together, they shaped their passion for watercolor that inspired the new generation of younger artists, such as Maxfield Parrish and Jessie Willcox Smith, decorators from the circle of Louis C. Tiffany, and plein air masters Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent. After them, Edward Hopper and Charles Demuth, as well as their contemporaries chose watercolor as a principal medium.
Left: Childe Hassam, The Island Garden, 1892. Watercolor on paper. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Moholy-Nagy: Future Present
Where: LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
When: February 12 - June 18, 2017
This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the works by László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) in the United States in nearly half a century. Moholy-Nagy: Future Present at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) reveals an utopian artist who believed that art could work hand-in-hand with technology.
László Moholy-Nagy was not only a pioneering painter, but also a photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker as well as graphic, exhibition, and stage designer. Don't forget to mention him as an influential teacher at the Bauhaus and later the founder of Chicago’s Institute of Design.
The exhibition comprises more than 250 works, some of which have never before been shown publicly in the U.S.
Left: László Moholy-Nagy, Vertical Black, Red, Blue, 1945. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Matisse in the Studio
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
When: April 9 - July, 9, 2017
Matisse in the Studio at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the first major international exhibition that demonstrates the importance of Matisse’s studio collection -- a treasured group of objects that was instrumental to Matisse's studio practice. It offers unprecedented insight into creativity of this great artist who revolutionized 20th-century art.
The exhibition will be divided into five thematic sections. 36 paintings, 26 drawings, 11 bronzes, as well as 9 cut-outs, 4 prints, and 1 illustrated book by Henri Matisse are showcased alongside about 35 works from his studio collection including decorative pots, pitchers, and vases, as well as textiles, sculpture, Islamic, Asian, and African masks and various photographs. Many of them will be exhibited outside of France for the first time.
Chagall: Colour and Music
Where: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)
When: January 28 - June 11, 2017
Chagall: Colour and Music at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal) is organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and initiated by the Philharmonie de Paris – Musée de la musique, and La Piscine – Musée d’art et d’industrie André Diligent, Roubaix. The multidisciplinary exhibition comprises 400 works – paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets – many of which are little known by the public.
Left: Marc Chagall, Final maquette for the mural at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York: The Triumph of Music, 1966. Private collection
Of course, that's not all of the most interesting exhibitions upcoming in 2017. Every city has the galleries that will try to surprise art lovers. We wish you exciting discoveries in the coming year!
On materials written by mentioned museums and galleries. The main illustration: Jane Peterson, The Landing Pier, Edgartown, c. 1916. Gouache (opaque watercolor) and charcoal on paper. Private Collection.