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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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Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow
This exhibition surveys the symbiotic relationship in Noguchi's work between sculpture and design in the years leading up to the 1939 World's Fair. That year's World's Fair was the first organized around a theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow." No artist or designer better exemplified that spirit than Noguchi, who would ultimately hold every recognized intellectual property right available (including thirteen US patents) and was among the most versatile designers to walk the planet since the likes of Renaissance do-it-alls like Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
Open until
September 21st, 2014
Ed Ruscha: Prints and Photographs
This exhibition presents prints and rarely-seen photographs created by Ed Ruscha during the past forty years. Ranging freely and dexterously across traditional, unconventional, and sometimes even comestible materials, Ruscha’s prints are a fluid forum for the spirited investigation of what a limited edition artwork can be. His absorption and re-thinking of the requirements of each graphic procedure and format result in step-by-step transformations, a process that echoes the eternal return of the subjects that make up his broader oeuvre.
Gagosian Gallery
980 Madison Avenue
Open until
September 27th, 2014
Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago's Early Work, 1963–74
Before making her widely known and iconic feminist work of the 1970s, 1980s, and beyond, Judy Chicago explored painting, sculpture, and environmental performance, often using innovative industrial techniques and materials, including auto body painting and pyrotechnics. This exhibition surveys the artist's less-familiar but significant early work, produced when Chicago lived in Los Angeles and was a participant in the Finish Fetish school. The exhibition places Chicago's early work within the arc of her broader production and continues the reappraisal of the artist’s importance as a pioneer in the California art scene.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Open until
September 28th, 2014
Fred Wilson: Sculptures, Paintings, and Installations: 2004-2014
Since the beginning of his career, American artist Fred Wilson has created a diverse range of work that challenges assumptions of history, culture, and race. This exhibition features works creating during the past ten years, including several that have never before been exhibited.
Pace Gallery
534 West 25th Street
Open until
October 18th, 2014
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of the postwar era. Comprising almost 150 objects dating from 1978 to the present, this exhibition will be the most comprehensive presentation ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking oeuvre. Reconstituting all of his most iconic works and significant series in a chronological narrative, this retrospective will allow visitors to understand Koons’s remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
Open until
October 19th, 2014
Edward Hopper and Photography
By reducing all elements in his composition to their essential geometries and treating light as a palpable presence, Edward Hopper imbued his images of everyday life with what the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson called an “alienated majesty.” This exhibition pairs Hopper's paintings from the Whitney’s permanent collection with the work of contemporary photographers who share an interest in elevating everyday subject matter by manipulating light. The six photographers represented in this presentation, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Steve Fitch, Todd Hido, and Stephen Shore, record mundane subjects but endow their photographs with emotional poignancy and mystery.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
Open until
October 19th, 2014
Collecting Calder
This exhibition presents a selection of Alexander Calder's sculptures and drawings, giving equal focus to the two major aspects of the artist’s oeuvre: Calder’s Circus and his later work in abstraction. For the former, Calder employed ordinary materials to create a miniature circus, whose acts he staged for friends and patrons as narrator and puppeteer between 1926 and 1931. His later mobiles, inspired in part by his visit to Piet Mondrian’s studio in 1930, use an ingenious system of weights and counterbalances that allowed each piece’s suspended parts to move in response to air currents, retaining the movement of the circus performances. A selection of these works are on view alongside a group of the artist’s stabiles, or static sculptures.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
Open until
October 19th, 2014
Mark di Suvero
This exhibition presents powerful new sculpture by American artist Mark di Suvero, alongside several of his large, colorful paintings.
Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street
Open until
October 22nd, 2014
Jenny Holzer: Dust Paintings
Language has been American artist Jenny Holzer’s primary medium since the late 1970s. In this recent body of work, Holzer uses government documents from the Iraqi war to explore the political fallout and human wreckage of the global war on terror.
Cheim & Read
547 West 25th Street
Open until
October 25th, 2014
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.

Open until
February 1st, 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

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