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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
Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions
Highlighting the Morgan Library and Museum's collection of modern and contemporary works on paper, this exhibition includes more than 100 drawings created between 1900 and 2013, such as Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Egon Schiele, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly, Martin Kippenberger, and Marlene Dumas. Forming a reflection on twentieth-century drawing, the presentation examines the characteristics that define its modernity in relation to the historical tradition.
The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
Open until
May 25th, 2015
Noguchi as Photographer: The Jantar Mantars of Northern India
As part of his extended tour to investigate people's daily interaction with civic spaces and sacred sites throughout Europe, Asia, and the Far East, Isamu Noguchi first traveled to Northern India in 1949. Camera in hand, he discovered the eighteenth-century astronomical observatories in Delhi and Jaipur, known as Jantar Mantar. This exhibition, the first in a series focusing on Noguchi's photographs, features a selection from Noguchi's visits to the observatories between 1949 and 1960, a number of which were published contemporaneously in prestigious periodicals. A handful of objects related to Noguchi's interest in linking mankind and its rituals to the cosmos will also be on display.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
Open until
May 31st, 2015
The Wounded Canvas: Burri, Fontana, Manzoni, Tŗpies
In the aftermath of World War II, artists rejected traditional lines of thought that had dominated prewar culture and embraced new, experimental approaches. This exhibition highlights the work of four European figures, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, and Antoni Tŗpies, who used the canvas to process the horrors of the war while breaking new ground for international aesthetic practices. These artists physically violated the canvas and ultimately reinvented the potential of painting for later generations to come.
Helly Nahmad Gallery
975 Madison Avenue
Open until
June 6th, 2015
Audrey Flack, The Abstract Expression Years
Although she is best known for her stunning Photorealist paintings, Audrey Flack first came to artistic maturity among the vibrant downtown scene of Abstract Expressionism. This exhibition displays a rare group of work by the artist, on view for the first time as a cohesive group, that highlights Flackís powerful modernist imagery and illustrates her unique position within the Abstract Expressionist movement. It was through Abstract Expressionism that she forged her artistic identity and created highly original work that was structurally ordered yet gestural.
Hollis Taggart Galleries
958 Madison Avenue
Open until
June 6th, 2015
Ellsworth Kelly
This exhibition, unfolding at Matthew Marks Gallery's three locations on West 22nd Street and West 24th Street, includes eleven paintings and 5 sculptures by Ellworth Kelly, created in 2013 and 2014. Kellyís newest works continue his nearly 7-decade exploration of color and form. The paintings are executed in oil on canvas, built up with many layers of luminous color applied to shaped canvases, multiple canvases joined end to end, and canvases superimposed to create three-dimensional reliefs. The sculptures have been conceived in color, marking a departure from Kelly's long-standing interest in muted and gray scale tones.
Matthew Marks Gallery
502 West 22nd Street, 522 West 22nd Street, and 523 West 24th Street
Open until
June 20th, 2015
Sigmar Polke: Silver Paintings
The transformative potential of materials is a key concept within the broad range of Sigmar Polkeís prodigious output and can be traced to the artistís early apprenticeship to a glass painter. This exhibition presents Polke's series of Silver Paintings, which exemplify the artist's interest in chemical solutions and experimentation. This presentation marks the first time this important body of work has been displayed since its debut, offering a rare opportunity to view this significant facet of Polke's oeuvre.
Michael Werner
4 East 77th Street
Open until
June 27th, 2015
Georg Baselitz: Drinks and Orange Eaters
This comprehensive presentation of work by German artist Georg Baselitz features 10 paintings from both his Drinkers and Orange Eaters series, created between 1981 and 1982. In these two figurative series, Baselitz reacts to the work of his German Expressionist predecessors, such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde, among others, paying homage to his artistic forefathers while simultaneously establishing distance from them.
Skarstedt
20 East 79th Street
Open until
June 27th, 2015
Brancusi: Pioneer of American Minimalism
Constantin Brancusiís sculptures ignited a crucial shift in the tradition of American and European sculpture by distilling representational forms down to their most essential elements. This exhibition is an articulation of the artistís immense influence on the first generation of American Minimalists and will include historically significant works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman, and Frank Stella, installed in proximity to Brancusiís groundbreaking works Le Coq and Jeune Fille Sophistique.
Paul Kasmin Gallery
515 West 27th Street
Open until
July 10th, 2015
Richard Serra: Equal
This exhibition features a major new installation in forged weatherproof steel by the seminal Minimalist and Post-Minimalist sculptor Richard Serra. Highlighting the large-scale sculpture, titled Equal, as its centerpiece, this presentation also includes Forged Drawing, a work created in 1977 and 2008.
David Zwirner
537 West 20th Street
Open until
July 24th, 2015
Laurie Simmons: How We See
Presenting a recent photographic series by Laurie Simmons, this exhibition continues the artist's incisive investigation into contemporary culture and media. This body of work, titled How We See, draws an arc between portraits traded among classmates to the persona play that Doll Girls rapidly execute on smartphones, where the continuous feeds of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter allow alternate versions of the self to appear, morph, and disappear.
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
Open until
August 9th, 2015
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks
Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations, ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The first major presentation of the artist's notebooks, this exhibition features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Open until
August 23rd, 2015
One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Works
In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just 23 years old, completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North that started around 1915. This exhibition presents all panels of this seminal series, alongside other contemporaneous artistic, literary, musical, and sociological accounts of the Great Migration.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
September 7th, 2015
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971
Focusing on the groundbreaking artist Yoko Ono, this exhibition brings together approximately 125 of her early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films, alongside rarely seen archival materials. The presentation centers on the first 11 years of Ono's extensive and prolific career, during which she moved between New York, Tokyo, and London, playing a pioneering role in the international development of Conceptual art, experimental film, and performance art.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
September 7th, 2015
Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold
This intimate exhibition is devoted to the close relationship that existed between Gustav Klimt and one of his key subjects and patrons, Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Included in the exhibition will be a display about Bloch-Bauer, paintings, related drawings, vintage photographs, decorative arts, and archival material.
Neue Galerie
1048 Fifth Avenue
Open until
September 7th, 2015
Gilbert & George: The Early Years
Since the beginning of their collaboration, in the late 1960s, British sculptors Gilbert & George have aimed to become the work of art, elevating their daily activities to expressions of creativity and casting themselves as ďliving sculptures.Ē This exhibition builds upon MoMAís extensive holdings of the artistsí dynamic work, focusing on their career from 1969 to 1976.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
September 27th, 2015
America is Hard to See
Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Artís collection, this exhibition takes the inauguration of the Museumís new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than 600 works, the presentation elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
Open until
September 27th, 2015
From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola
This exhibition is the first major presentation to focus on the German-born Grete Stern and the Argentinean Horacio Coppola, two leading figures of avant-garde photography who established themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. The show highlights the artists' initial forays into photography and typographic design in the late 1920s, their involvement with the Bauhaus, and their later artistic practices in Argentina.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
October 4th, 2015
Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967
Andy Warholís Campbellís Soup Cans is the signature work in the artistís career and a landmark in MoMAís collection. The 1962 series of 32 paintings is the centerpiece of an exhibition focusing on Warholís work during the crucial years between 1953 and 1967. The exhibition also includes drawings and illustrated books Warhol made in the 1950s, when he started his career as a commercial artist, and other paintings and prints from the 1960s, when he became a beacon of the Pop art movement.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
October 18th, 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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