4 Highly-Anticipated Art Exhibitions to See in New York City and London in 2020
Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Next year, the MoMA will hold its first major solo exhibition dedicated to Dorothea Lange in over 50 years, featuring some 100 photographs drawn entirely from the museum's collection. The retrospective will bring together iconic masterpieces by the pioneer documentary photographer with some of her lesser-seen works, such as her early street photographs.
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"Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures" will particularly focus on her landmark 1939 photobook, "An American Exodus," in which Lange famously combined words and pictures to convey the human impact of Dust Bowl migration. The publication notably included her iconic "Migrant Mother," which inspired at the time pivotal public awareness of the lives of sharecroppers, displaced families and migrant workers during the Great Depression. Lange's practice will be further examined through archival materials as well as the contemporary voices of artists, scholars and writers, offering new means for considering words and pictures today.
Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures will be on display from February 9 through May 9, 2020 at MoMa
Steve McQueen at London's Tate Modern
McQueen will be honoured in his hometown with the first major survey of his oeuvre in the UK since 1999, when he received the renowned Turner Prize. The exhibition will feature 14 major works spanning across the British visual artist's decades-long career, such as film, photography and sculpture. For the first time in the UK, visitors will have the opportunity to view "End Credits," in which McQueen pays homage to late African-American artist and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.
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The work consists of rolling slides of the FBI's reports on Robeson with a soundtrack of voices reading from the heavily-redacted documents, which notably reveal that US surveillance agencies had begun investigating on the performer as early as 1941. This retrospective will run concurrently to McQueen's latest artwork and portrait of London pupils, "Year 3," which will be on show at Tate Britain until May 3, 2020.
Steve McQueen will be on view from February 13 through May 11, 2020 at Tate Modern
Artemisia at the National Gallery, London
This forthcoming retrospective will pay homage to female 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, featuring around 35 works from public and private collections around the world. Among them are some of her best-known paintings and portraits, such as "Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria," acquired by the National Gallery for £3.6 million in 2017 to diversify its collection of Italian Baroque painting.
This oil on canvas finds Gentileschi posing next to a shattered wooden wheel, directly alluding to the 1612 trial that made the then 18-year-old artist notorious. Just a few years before she painted this self-portrait, Gentileschi was publicly subjected to torture during the trial for rape of landscape artist Agostino Tassi, whom her father Orazio Gentileschi had hired to give her lessons.
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The masterpiece will be presented alongside other closely related works by Gentileschi, such as "Self-Portrait as a Lute Player," offering visitors a highly selective retrospective of the long-overlooked female painter.
Artemisia will be on view from April 4 through July 26, 2020 at London's National Gallery
Kusama: Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx
This multisensory exhibition will celebrate Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's long-standing exploration of nature in her oeuvre, which goes back to Kusama's childhood in a plant nursery owned by her family. "Kusama: Cosmic Nature" will feature works spanning through her seven-decade career, such as early botanical sketches and colossal polka-dotted sculptures of flora and an example of her signature "Infinity Mirror Rooms."
The New York Botanical Garden will also present Kusama's first-ever participatory greenhouse installation, "Obliteration Room," in which visitors will be asked to cover the space with floral stickers. The 90-year-old Japanese artist will also debut a new monumental bronze sculpture, "Dancing Pumpkin," in the institution's 250 acres, where viewers will be able to engage with the artwork from multiple angles.
Kusama: Cosmic Nature will be on show from May 9 through November 1, 2020 at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx
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