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Current Modern Art Exhibitions in New York
Below are the major modern art exhibitions and shows in and around New York City.

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EVENT DESCRIPTION LOCATION & WEBSITE DATES
Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt
This group show presents work by three seminal figures of Minimalism: Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, and Carl Andre. The exhibition features LeWitt's vibrant Wall Drawing #992, Dan Flavin's untitled (to V. Mayakovsky) 1, and Carl Andre's Dractut.
Paula Cooper Gallery
521 West 21st Street
Open until
March 7th, 2015
The New York School, 1969
This comprehensive group show examines the New York School and reprises the 1969 exhibition New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970, organized by Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Curated by Stewart Waltzer, this presentation includes exemplary works by Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Joseph Cornell, Mark di Suvero, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hoffmann, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol, among others, featuring works from the original exhibition.
Paul Kasmin Gallery
293 Tenth Avenue
Open until
March 14th, 2015
Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
In 1977, Romare Bearden, one of the most powerful and original artists of the twentieth century, created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors based on Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The exhibition features some 50 works, including collages, watercolors, and line drawings as well as additional compositions relating to Bearden’s interest in classical themes, such as examples of his mid-1940s drawings based on Homer's other epic, the Iliad. The additional works greatly increase the resonance and power of the original 20 collages and examine Bearden’s motivations in creating these works within the context of the “Odysseus Series” and his overall body of work.
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
1190 Amsterdam Avenue
Open until
March 14th, 2015
Madame Cézanne
This exhibition of paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Paul Cézanne traces his lifelong attachment to Hortense Fiquet, his wife, the mother of his only son, and his most painted model. Featuring twenty-four of the artist's twenty-nine known portraits of Hortense, the exhibition explores the profound impact she had on Cézanne's portrait practice.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Open until
March 15th, 2015
Antoni Tàpies
In the nearly seven decades of his career, Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies created a prolific and singular body of work that redefined painting and influenced future generations of artists. Following the Spanish Civil War and World War II, he sought to develop a new kind of painting. In the 1950s, Tàpies began making his first matter paintings using materials such as marble dust and resin, which positioned him as a leading figure in Europe’s avant-garde and signaled the beginning of a lifelong investigation of materials and forms that made him one of the most influential postwar artists. This exhibition presents work that the artist made between the 1960s and his death in 2012 that exemplify his innovative approach to painting.
Pace Gallery
32 East 57th Street
Open until
March 21st, 2015
The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters
A preeminent artist of Belle époque Paris, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec brought the language of the late-nineteenth-century avant-garde to a broad public through his famous posters, prints, and illustrations for journals and magazines. Organized thematically, this exhibition features over 100 examples of the best-known works created during the apex of his career.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
March 22nd, 2015
Production-Reproduction: The Circulation of Photographic Modernism, 1900-1950
In July 1922, the artist László Moholy-Nagy published the article “Produktion-Reproduktion” in the Dutch journal De Stijl, identifying a turning point at which photography and film transcended conventional functions of reproduction and documentation to “produce new, as yet unfamiliar relationships.” This exhibition, drawn entirely from the MoMA Library collection, explores the circulation of avant-garde photographs as reproductions in influential illustrated magazines, exhibition catalogues, and books in the first half of the 20th century, and how the dissemination of photography through printed materials was a crucial means through which modernist photographers formed an international network.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
March 30th, 2015
Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground
Jean Dubuffet maintained a rebellious attitude toward prevailing notions of high culture, beauty, and good taste, and was a relentless innovator from the time he committed himself to art making in the early 1940s. This exhibition illuminates the artist’s radical experimentation with form and material by focusing on the key moment in his career, from the 1940s to the mid-1960s. Drawing from MoMA’s immense collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and illustrated books by Dubuffet, the show displays his move towards near-total abstraction with pictures comprised of allover compositions unanchored by horizons, topographies of layered sand and dirt, or patterned lithographs of droplets and granules.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
April 5th, 2015
Tony Smith
This exhibition presents three large-scale black steel sculptures by sculptor Tony Smith, one of the most prominent early proponents of Minimalism. The sculptures, titled Playground, Wall, and Maze, were created over a five-year period starting in 1962 and provide an overview of Smith's signature style during this formative decade.
Matthew Marks Gallery
522 West 22nd Street
Open until
April 18th, 2015
Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1919-1949
The Museum of Modern Art acquired more than 300 photographs from Thomas Walther’s private collection in 2001. Featuring iconic works by such towering figures as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Alvin Langdon Coburn, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston, along with lesser-known treasures by more than 100 other practitioners, this exhibition presents the exhilarating story of this key moment in photography’s history, allowing both experts and those less familiar with the medium to understand these photographs in new ways.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
April 19th, 2015
Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered
This exhibition celebrates the gift of Thomas Hart Benton's epic mural America Today from AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012. Benton painted this mural for New York's New School for Social Research to adorn the school's boardroom in its International Style modernist building on West 12th Street. Showing a sweeping panorama of American life throughout the 1920s, America Today ranks among Benton's most renowned works and is one of the most remarkable accomplishments in American art of the period.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Open until
April 19th, 2015
Egon Schiele: Portraits
Austrian artist Egon Schiele has been celebrated for his singular style of draftsmanship, unusual use of color, and physically raw, often sexually provocative depictions of his sitters. Including approximately 125 works, this exhibition is devoted to Schiele's portraiture throughout his painting, drawing, and sculpture and features work created during his brief yet prolific artistic career.
The Neue Galerie
1048 Fifth Avenue
Open until
April 20th, 2015
Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370
Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. His series of wall compositions was designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. This exhibition presents LeWitt's large-scale Wall Drawing #370, which was installed in the gallery over a period of four weeks and will be painted over at the end of the show in 2016.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Open until
January 3rd, 2016

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