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"Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety and Myth," The Art Institute of Chicago

This compelling new exhibition opening in mid-February 2009, features approximately 150 works by Munch and his contemporaries, many rarely seen in the United States. The exhibition examines Munch's work vis-a-vis peers including van Gogh, Monet, James Ensor and others, in exploring themes of death, loneliness, love, sexuality and solitude. Read More...

Newcomb Gallery of Art in New Orleans Features Recent Works from Cuba

The Newcomb Gallery of Art on the Tulane University campus will feature an exhibition of more than 50 works of painting, sculpture, drawing, video and photography by 27 Cuban artists. Developed by the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana, Polaridad Complementaria reveals the concepts and aesthetics characterizing Cuban art today. Read More...

Summer Theater Festivals

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The warm summer months in the northern hemisphere typically bring a wealth of theater productions and festivals, often staged outdoors or in appealing venues. From Shakespeare in Montana and New York, to dance in Spain, to Oscar Wilde in London - a sampling of festivals this summer throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
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"Chihuly: The Nature of Glass," Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

The Desert Botanical Garden east of downtown Phoenix is a serene oasis of palo verde trees, agaves and succulents washed in dusty greens and earthen colors. Dale Chihuly’s first installation entirely within a desert garden is monumental and striking. Read More...

Art Exhibitions in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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Art exhibitions on both coasts examine 20th-century western European artists whose work has been shaped by war, convention, tradition, and obsession. In Los Angeles, the County Museum of Art (LACMA) opens a special exhibition, Art of Two Germanys, Cold War Culture. At Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, view a retrospective on the work of Giorgio Morandi: Master of Modern Still Life.
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Performance Art at Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art celebrates the opening of its new Performing Arts Center with Performance/Art, an exhibition of the work of six international and American artists who have used the forms and ideas surrounding theater, opera, and performance as starting points for an exciting body of paintings, sculpture, films, and installations. Read More...

Fernando Botero at Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

The work of Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero is featured in this exhibition at Memphis’ Brooks Museum of Art. “The Baroque World of Fernando Botero” represents the first comprehensive American exhibition of the artist’s work in more than thirty years. The 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings are from the artist’s private collection [at left: detail from Botero's "The First Lady," oil on canvas]. Read More...

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K: Stephen Jones

If your travels take you to London this coming winter or spring, make a point of visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum. Better yet, plan a trip around a visit to the V&A. “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones” is a collaboration between the V&A and one of the world’s leading hat designers. The exhibition will feature more than 300 hats, including Queen Victoria's bonnet, an Egyptian Anubis mask from 600BC and designs by Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel and Jones. Read More...

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, "Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton"

Painter Elizabeth Peyton captures her subjects in broad, graphic brushstrokes and vivid color. With an intimate eye on celebrity and popular culture, Peyton’s tiny portraits explore the faces of rock stars, fashion designers, artists and royalty. The first American retrospective of her work takes place at Manhattan's New Museum of Contemporary Art [at left: Elizabeth Peyton's "David Hockney," watercolor on paper]. Read More...

Palo Alto Art Center, CA, Bruce Metcalf Miniatures

The Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto, California, currently features an appealing exhibition by leading art jeweler, Bruce Metcalf. “The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf” will run through late December 2008. In this first major exhibition of the artist’s work, diminutive looms large. Metcalf’s fanciful pieces examine social, political and moral issues [at left: detail from Bruce Metcalf's Two Doves in a Private Garden]. Read More...

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona

If your travels take you to Scottsdale, Arizona this late summer or early fall, plan to visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. This small art space not only offers a cool respite from Scottsdale’s blistering heat, but two of its current exhibitions are thought-provoking and intriguing. Read More...

Modern Dance at the Barbican Center, London, U.K.

The Mark Morris Dance group stages a provocative new version of Romeo and Juliet this fall at London’s Barbican Center. This multi-arts venue (the largest in Europe) offers an ongoing spectacle of dance, art, music, theater, and film. Take advantage of lower airfares from the U.S. and enjoy modern dance in London this fall. Read More...

15th Annual Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe in the fall is at its peak. Dry, sunny days and cool, crisp nights - along with smaller crowds - make this season an ideal time to visit. The Klaudia Marr Gallery hosts its 15th Annual Realism Invitational [at left: detail from Marc Dennis' "Classicus Americanus," oil on canvas]. Read More...

Fashion Retrospective at ModeMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela is the subject of an exciting new retrospective at Antwerp’s ModeMuseum. Celebrating 20 years of avant-garde design, the exhibition “Maison Martin Margiela” runs through early February 2009. Read More...

Franz Kafka Museum, Prague

Prague in winter is quiet and haunting, and an ideal backdrop for a visit to a museum dedicated to one of the city’s native sons. Tucked along the west bank of the Vltava River is the small museum that contemplates the life of Franz Kafka, arguably Prague’s most internationally well-known writer. Read More...

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

As dusk settles over the outdoor garden at the Nasher Sculpture Center on a fall evening, luminous scarlet light from a James Turrell installation casts a warm glow over a nearby Rodin figure. The Nasher Sculpture Center is Raymond and Patsy Nasher’s extraordinary gift to Dallas, and to anyone fortunate enough to come upon this striking space. Read More...

Museu de Artes Decorativas, Lisbon

The lively Alfama district in Lisbon – with its jumble of steep, narrow, cobbled lanes jammed with houses with lines of laundry strung between them – is more Arabic than European. This neighborhood, rich in Moorish heritage, is the backdrop for Lisbon’s Decorative Arts Museum. Read More...

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