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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
Duane Hanson
In his hyper-realistic sculptures portraying working-class Americans, Hanson eschewed the predominant expressionist and minimalist concerns of the 1950s and 1960s for an unflinching investigation of the human condition. Early life-size tableaux depicting soldiers killed in action, police brutality, and the homeless confronted viewers with devastating truths largely overlooked in the art of the time. This presentation features a single work by Hanson, depicting a security guard, conveying the visceral impact of the artist's work while updating it within a contemporary context.
Gagosian Gallery
821 Park Avenue
Open until
December 3rd, 2014
Why Nature?
The rich connection between the natural world and aesthetic realm of the Abstract Expressionist painters has long engaged critics and curators. During the mid-twentieth century, this complex subject was discussed and debated in such landmark essays as Clement Greenberg’s 1949 “The Role of Nature in Modern Painting” and Frank O’Hara’s 1954 “Nature and the New Painting.” This exhibition focuses on the symbiotic relationship of nature and abstraction though the lens of four celebrated artists: Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Theodoros Stamos.
Hollis Taggart Galleries
958 Madison Avenue
Open until
December 6th, 2014
Marina Abramovic: Generator
The artist's first solo New York exhibition since her critically acclaimed retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, this exhibition will present a new installation and immersive environment created by Marina Abramovic. Focusing on nothingness, the exhibition engages with the public, creating a space for introspection and reflection.
Sean Kelly
475 Tenth Avenue
Open until
December 6th, 2014
Robert Rauschenberg: A Visual Lexicon
Spanning the artist's entire career, this exhibition presents multimedia work by Robert Rauschenberg, created between 1959 and 2008. When viewed together, these sculptures, combines, and paintings exemplify Rauschenberg's rich and innovative aesthetic, which draws from a diverse inventory of imagery.
Castelli Gallery
18 East 77th Street
Open until
December 20th, 2014
Picasso and the Camera
Curated by Picasso biographer John Richardson, assisted by Gagosian directors Valentina Castellani and Michael Cary, this exhibition explores how Pablo Picasso used photography not only as a source of inspiration, but as an integral part of his studio practice. Spanning sixty years, this show, which includes many photographs taken by Picasso but never before seen or published, as well as related paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and films, provides an unprecedented survey of his unique relationship with the camera.
Gagosian Gallery
522 West 21st Street
Open until
January 3rd, 2015
Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot
Nam June Paik was a visionary artist, thinker, and innovator. Considered the father of video art, the artist used video technology in groundbreaking new ways, blurring past distinctions between science, fine art, and popular culture to create a unique visual language. This exhibition, the first New York presentation devoted exclusively to Paik in more than a decade, focuses on his process and philosophy toward technology, especially in regard to the relationship between technology and the body, and the intersection between technology and culture.
The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
Open until
January 4th, 2015
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s
This exhibition is the first large-scale historical survey in the United States dedicated to the German artists' group Zero (1957–66), founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene and joined in 1961 by Günther Uecker and ZERO, an international network of like-minded artists from Europe, Japan, and North and South America who shared the group’s aspiration to transform and redefine art in the aftermath of World War II. Featuring more than 40 artists from 10 countries, the show explores the experimental practices developed by this extensive network of artists, whose work anticipated aspects of Land art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Open until
January 7th, 2015
Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper
The artist's first solo show in a New York museum, this exhibition features thirty works by Marisol and is the first retrospective to feature her works on paper alongside her renowned sculptures. This presentation reestablishes Marisol as a major figure in postwar American art, fosters a broader understanding of her work, and positions it within a larger historical context. The various phases of the artist’s career are explored, beginning with her early carvings, cast metal works, terracottas, large, complex sculptures, and a broad selection of works on paper.
El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
Open until
January 10th, 2015
Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style
This exhibition presents nearly 140 works by Pablo Picasso, created during the last two decades of his life while he was living with his muse and wife Jacqueline Roque. Featuring a selection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and ceramics, this showcase focuses on the transformation of Picassos's late style and his legendary relationship with Roque.
Pace Gallery
534 West 25th Street
Open until
January 10th, 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
January 19th, 2015
Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil
This exhibition showcases Cy Twombly's monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), executed in Rome in 1970, and its related drawings, all from the Menil Collection in Houston. Shown in New York City for the first time in decades and rarely on display at the Menil due to its size (nearly 33 feet in length), the painting marks a pivotal moment in the career of one of the most important artists to emerge in the wake of Abstract Expressionism.
225 Madison Avenue
The Morgan Library and Museum
Open until
January 25th, 2015
From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952
This exhibition brings together two New York painters, Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, whose works offer unique and compelling approaches to Abstract Expressionism. Born one year apart, Krasner and Lewis shared similar family situations and came of age in the economic, social, and historic complexities of the 1930s. Through a selection of significant paintings by both artists, this presentation offers a revealing parallel view of two important abstract painters, whose work was often overlooked by critics of their time.
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
Open until
February 1st, 2015
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
In the late 1940s, Henri Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium, and scissors as his chief implement, introducing a radically new operation that came to be called a cut-out. The largest and most extensive presentation of this body of work ever mounted, this exhibition includes approximately 100 cut-outs borrowed from public and private collections around the globe, along with a selection of related drawings, prints, illustrated books, stained glass, and textiles.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
February 8th, 2015
Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
Cubism, one of the most influential art movements of the early twentieth century, still resonates today. It destroyed traditional illusionism in painting and radically changed the way we see the world. This exhibition presents a selection of work from the renowned Leonard A. Lauder Collection, including eighty-one paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Open until
February 16th, 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
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

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