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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
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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