This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

WNYC's Arts Datebook: May 23-29, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM


Exhibits that are all about the artistic contributions of women, a 150th birthday party (with gilded cake) for Gustav Klimt, web-like installations by an Osaka-born artist and an exhibit that focuses on the singularity of the human face. There's plenty of unusual stuff to see in the city this week. Here's what we're looking at:

Women’s Work at the National Academy Museum This venerable institution on the Upper East Side — part art school, part museum, part professional group — has put together a series of exhibits devoted to the work of women artists. This includes a selection of rare drypoint drawings by Mary Cassatt (a figure known for her tender paintings of women and children), a series of works by women sculptors dating to the earliest days of the 20th century, paintings from May Stevens' creepy-weird “Big Daddy” series, Colleen Browning’s realist works, as well as a trove of recent gifts. It’s a good opportunity to soak up all kinds of lady art. Opens Wednesday, on the Upper East Side.

Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary at the Neue Galerie The museum is celebrating the 150th birthday of the early 20th century Austrian painter who was renowned for his uniquely modern landscapes and luminous, gold-leaf portraits -- not to mention his fondness for caftans (and free love). The exhibit pulls together a number of painted works, including the sparkling likeness of society lady Adele Bloch-Bauer, as well as numerous studies and never-before-seen photographs. To accompany the visual feast, the attached Café Sabarsky will be serving up slices of ‘Klimt Cake,’ dotted with bits of gold leaf. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.

Chiharu Shiota, Other Side, at Haunch of Venison Tangled webs of black thread. Architectural arrangements of old window frames found in East Berlin. Pieces of furniture that seem to tumble down from the sky like a waterfall. This Osaka-born artist is known for creating works that take common objects and transform them into installations that can be as ornate as they are impenetrable. Through June 16, in Chelsea.

Face to Face at Adam Baumgold Gallery. The human face — in all its singularity — has given artists plenty of material to work with since the dawn of art (as that recent show on Renaissance portraiture at the Met would attest). Now the Adam Baumgold Gallery has gathered together an unusual selection of artistic faces with a more pop cultural bent, including pieces by graphic novel stalwart Charles Burns, Chicago imagist Jim Nutt and celebrated portraitist Chuck Close. Should be good eclectic fun. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.

Photograph by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison
Haunch of Venison in Chelsea is showing installations by Chiharu Shiota, including 'Other Side,' an installation piece made from windows the artist found in East Berlin.
Photograph by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison
Shiota is also known for weaving tangled webs entirely out of black thread -- as in this 2012 piece, 'Reflection of the Past.'
Courtesy of the Neue Galerie
At the Neue Galerie: a celebration of Gustav Klimt, on the occasion of his 150th birthday. His portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, from 1907, is seen above.
Courtesy of the Neue Galerie
Klimt is know for his portraits of Austrian society ladies among others. Above: 'The Black Feather Hat,' from 1910.
Courtesy of the Neue Galerie
Klimt's overtly sexual allegories weren't always well-received by the government. But he was an accomplished landscape painter, too. This 1916 work shows 'Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee.'
Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery
Adam Baumgold Gallery is organizing a show of artworks devoted to the human face. Seen here: an untitled piece from 2004 by Chicago imagist Jim Nutt.
Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery
The exhibit at Baumgold features work by an array of artists, including graphic novelist Charles Burns. Above, his piece 'Atomic Monster,' from 1991.
Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery
From Seth: 'Members, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists,' an illustration from 2011.
Courtesy of the artist and Adam Baumgold Gallery
Another pair of faces at Baumgold: Bette Blank's 'Castro in a Che Shirt,' from 2007.
National Academy Museum
The National Academy Museum has a suite of exhibits devoted to women artists, including a show of sculpture. Above: Nancy Grossman's c. 1991 bronze 'Gunhead.'
National Academy Museum
Also part of the Academy's sculpture exhibit: this work by Louise Bourgeois -- a 1995 cast of a 1967 work made of bronze.
National Academy Museum
The show includes a survey of recent gifts to the Academy by women artists. Above, Sarai Sherman's 'Up in the Sky,' from 1969.
National Academy Museum
'Night: WTC Looking East, 2000-1' by Jacqueline Gourevitch is another recent gift.
National Academy Museum
Another exhibit at the National Academy will feature rare drypoint drawings by Mary Cassatt, a figure known for her tender paintings of children. Above, 'The Map (or The Lesson),' from 1890.
National Academy Museum
May Stevens' trippy-grotesque 'Big Daddy' series will also be on view -- including 'Big Daddy Beach Scene,' a painting from 1970.


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Shari Garretson from South River, NJ

I've been hearing on-air announcements about the National Academy Museum's shows about women artists, and both announcers (one man, one woman) mispronounced Mary Cassat's name. The emphasis should be on the second syllable.

She's one of the most famous women artists, so you're going to want to correct that asap. I left a phone msg on the Listener Services machine, but they said they wouldn't be in until Monday.

Best wishes,


May. 27 2012 03:10 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

BAYREUTH, GERMANY AT WAGNER'S FESTSPIELHAUS DURING THE SUMMER FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES OF WAGNER'S MUSIC DRAMAS there is adjoining the FESTSPIELHAUS dining for all and sundry, covering every taste bud. MUSIC and FOOD together satisfy the spirit, the health and can inspire the loftiest of projects and plans generally. Commercial business activities have for eons it seems had businessmen luncheons at night clubs where music and food together foster mutually encouraged deals. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor, opera composer: "Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare" & the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles, voice production and dramaturgy techniques. I may be reached by phone at the Institute. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the SOHO venue at the New Yorker Hotel. The title of the concert is BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, You'll Never Walk Alone, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, Granada, The House I Live In, Wien, Wien, nur du Allein, The Impossible Dream [The Quest], Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Do You Hear the People Sing?, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Kumbaya, Earth Anthem and eight other selections.

May. 24 2012 02:50 PM

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