Netherlands - In Praise of Painting: "Dutch Masterpieces at The Met"

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Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century-the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Halls, and Vermeer-have been a highlight of The Met collection since the Museum’s founding purchase in 1871. This exhibition brings together some of the Museum’s greatest paintings to present this remarkable chapter of art history in a new light. Through sixty-seven work of art organized thematically, “In Praise of Painting” orients the visitors to key issues in seventeenth-century Dutch culture-from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painter’s fascination with the domestic lives of women.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue www.metmuseum.org

Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, China - Masterworks of Himalayan Art

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“Masterworks,” a regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin, explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years, and presents regional artistic traditions in their broad cultural, geographic, historical, and stylistic contexts. “Masterworks” is organized geographically, showcasing the diverse regional traditions of western Tibet, central Tibet, eastern Tibet, and Bhutan in relation to the neighboring areas of eastern India, Kashmir, Nepal, China, and Mongolia.

Rubin Museum 150 West 17th St. www.rubinmuseum.org

Italy - Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carra

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The exhibition is focused on a short period that ends the first phase of the avant-garde movements of Cubism in France and Futurism in Italy and blossoms into a new poetics, which will eventually lead to the “Return of Order” in the first years of the 1920s. At the beginning of 1918, Italy was reeling from the Army’s devastating defeat at Capretto. One of the Army’s responses was to establish Propaganda Service which, among other initiatives, produced humorous ‘giornali de trincea’ (trench newspapers) for soldiers to help raise morale. These pages of these newspapers featured the illustrations of many of Italy’s most important artistic figures, including Mario Sironi, Carlo Carra, and Goprgio De Chirico, working in styles that starkly contrasted with the metaphysical painting that some of them were producing simultaneously. Please note that the studio is open only Friday and Saturday and must call to visit. At 11 AM and 2 PM of each day a tour is given.

Center for Italian Modern Art 421 Broome Street (4th Fl) www.italianmodernart.org

Germany - Fritz Ascher Retrospective at Grey Art Gallery

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Fritz Asher (1893 - 1970) belongs to Germany’s “Lost Generation” artists whose careers were interrupted or destroyed by the Nazi terror regime and whose works remain under-recognized. Comprising some 75 paintings and works on paper, “Fritz Ascher: Expressionist” is the first American solo retrospective to showcase this artist’s bold, colorful oeuvre, which features early academic studies and figural compositions as well as late mystical landscapes devoid of human presence.

Grey Art NYU Gallery 100 Washington Square East www.nyu.edu