Whether you're coming to New York this fall for business, fun, or to see the upcoming art auctions, take some time to see the vast array of terrific shows at the city's museums.
Roberta Smith of the New York Times highlights the shows of the new season that are not to be missed:
One of the biggest events for New York is the unveiling of Leonard Lauder’s magnanimous donation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of over 80 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures by Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Picasso. Through February 16th, 2015.
The Modern, in turn, will look to the final flowering of an early modernist who ignored Cubism with “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” opening on Oct. 12, a show that is bound to reshape the understanding of midcentury abstraction.
Another high-profile effort is the quadricentennial commemoration of El Greco’s death with exhibitions that group 29 of his paintings at three East Coast museums: 15 can be seen at the Met — six lent by the Hispanic Society of America — and three at the Frick Collection in New York (both opening on Nov. 4); 11 others will be on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (opening on Nov. 2). If these paintings were consolidated in one museum, they would rival the Prado’s holdings in El Greco.
New York’s recent run of strong museum retrospectives is sure to be extended by the Modern’s tribute, opening on Oct. 4, to the enigmatic American sculptor Robert Gober, who has been turning American life inside out since the 1980s. This show should also continue the schooling of New York’s curators in the craft of exhibition-making initiated by the Modern’s Christopher Williams show and the Whitney’s Jeff Koons survey. The installation of the Modern’s retrospective of the irreverent early appropriationist Elaine Sturtevant, starting on Nov. 9, may be iffier because she died in May, but she probably left the curators with plenty of ideas about how she wanted things done.
Other surveys include the one of the great Judith Scott, who wrapped fabric and wood in colored yarn to create mysterious talismanic forms. It will open at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on Oct. 24, making it one of the only recent surveys of an outsider artist in a New York museum other than the American Folk Art Museum.
Speaking of enigmatic, on Nov. 23 the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwill mount the first major survey of the French artist Pierre Huyghe. Down the coast are two shows that are a bit more overdue: a five-decade overview of the abstract painter Jack Whitten at the La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego opens Sept. 20, and opening on Nov. 1 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park is “Ron Nagle: Peripheral Cognition,” a three-decade examination of the achievement of one of postwar American art’s best ceramic sculptors.