A Gallery Guide to the Best Art Shows in the US in 2014
If you want to feed your mind and soul and were wondering what galleries and shows to visit in 2014, we have compiled a list of some of the most exciting art events that we’re looking forward to this year. We’ve tried to include the best contemporary shows as well as some fascinating exhibitions that explore Modernism, Impressionism, 20th Century abstraction, and Pop Art.
1. Graphic Design: Now in Production
When: March 28 – August 3, 2014
Where: RISD Museum’s Chace Center Galleries, Boston
This is an absolute “must-see” for all graphic designers and artist who want to see the evolution of their craft. Exploring everything from graphic design trends, poster art, vector illustration, font design, and so much more. This celebrated exhibit is a mesmerizing celebration of conceptual art in the commercial environment.
Featuring designs by David Bennewith, John Rothenberg, and Daniel Eatock, this is a show that represents the might of the graphic designer as author, publisher, instigator, and entrepreneur who employs their creative skills and shapes our experience and perception.
2. Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
When: Until July 27, 2014
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
This is an exhibition about color, shape, and movement. From hanging mobiles to enormous stationary works, the exhibit explores abstract sculptural art, beginning with its Avant Garde genesis in France and ending in its modern architectural form in the US. Showing works by Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, and Frank Gehry, this exhibition will no doubt excite fans of modern sculpture and architecture.
When: May 11-October 5, 2014
Where: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Mary Cassatt was the most influential artist of the American Impressionist Movement. Rejected by much of the American Art elite, Edgar Degas invited her to show her works with the Impressionists in Europe. Like Degas, her paintings were radically different and belonged to a Modernist era that changed the entire perception of art and how we view paintings.
This exhibition represents a chance to view Degas and Cassatt’s Impressionist work up-close and to learn more about their unique friendship.
4. Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
When: January 24–May 14, 2014
Where: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Truly artistic photographers are individuals who seek out life and document it in with fascination and excitement. This is exactly what Carrie Ann Weems does and her Kitchen Table Series is a groundbreaking piece of visual storytelling that all contemporary artists should see. As a socially motivated artist, she reports on global issues of race, gender, equality, class, and justice through her dramatic photographs. The show also features audio recordings and videos that trace the evolution of Weems career over the last 30 years.
The exhibit covers her early autobiographical photographs to the more conceptual and metaphysical works that have placed her at the forefront of her craft.
5. Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection
When: June 7-October 12, 2014
Where: De Young Museum, San Francisco
This exhibition presents work from some of the rockstar Modernist artists of the post-World War II era. Artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Ellsworth Kelly are presented in a colorful dynamic of graphics, iconography, abstraction, angst, and post-war sensibility.
With more than 50 paintings by Pop Art heavyweight, Jasper Johns, this is a collection that is not to be missed.
6. Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image Ideology
When: February 9, 2014 – May 18, 2014
Where: Hammer Museum (UCLA), Los Angeles
This is a conceptual art exhibition that explores the relationship between art appropriation (re-appropriating/re-inventing existing images from mass-media and art sources) and “institutional critique” (the institutions they parody/critique being the very ones that show the critiquers’ art).
The majority of the works on view are from the 1980s and 1990s. This was an absolutely critical period in shaping modern art as we see it today and reflects the influence of television, newspapers, film, and other mass media. The show brings together works by thirty-six American artists whose work is politically-charged and socially-engaged. From the conceptual artwork of Nayland Blake to the performance art of Andrea Fraser, the exhibition is essential viewing for fans of installation, performance, and contemporary art.
7. Ruffneck Constructivists
When: February 12–August 17, 2014
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Bringing together 11 international artists, Ruffneck Constructivists is a contemporary look at urban art, architecture, and change. Featuring sculpture, photography, and video, the exhibition is a mirror into a defiant world of gender assertion, class struggle, poverty, and “ruffneck attitude” that was born out of hip-hop and the hood.
8. Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men and the 1964 World’s Fair
When: April 20–September 7, 2014 (Queens)/ September 27–January 5, 2014 (Pittsburgh)
Where: Queens Museum, New York, & Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Fifty years ago, Andy Warhol made a huge mural for the New York State pavilion at the World’s Fair in Queens that consisted of 13 mugshots of the most wanted men in New York City. It was so controversial that the fair’s officials had the piece painted over in silver paint before the fair even began. Later that year, Warhol produced 20 Most Wanted Men with the screens he used to make the mural. These images are on display at the Any Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and Queens Museum in New York – just 200 yards from the original fair site.
The exhibition represents the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair and highlights Warhol as one of the truly groundbreaking artists of his generation.
9. Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
When: June 27–October 19, 2014
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
Koon is an artist that has influenced the careers of almost every post-modern sculptor and artist of the past 20 years. His unique and daring “pop” style is a clear reflection (or balloon mirror) of our society’s obsession with sales and popularity. There’s very few living artists that deserve such a retrospective but his diversity of work, and the sheer “joy” of his sculptures, installations, and paintings demands your viewing.
The exhibition reconstitutes all of his most iconic works and significant series. The retrospective allows viewers to understand Koons as the groundbreaking oeuvre and celebrity art character that he has become.
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