Art Talk: The Four Art Shows to See Before the Year is Over

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wangechi Mutu, Yo Mama, 2003 (Photo by David Allison)

2013 was the year when New Yorkers stood in line for up to eight hours to go through a rainy, dark room. It was also the year when a painting of a tiny bird from the 1600's drew record crowds to a local museum. And when a famous rotunda was filled with anything but light.

If you missed some of the blockbuster art shows of this year -- The Rain Room at the Museum of Modern Art, Dutch Masters at the Frick Collection and James Turrell at the Guggenheim -- there's still some good stuff to see before the year is over.

In this interview, WNYC's art critic Deborah Solomon talks about her four picks. They are all by female artists, three of which work with found objects. "This might be right now the prevailing trend in contemporary art," she said. "Artists who add objects to the world are wondering, how can I add an original object to the world, or does the world need more objects? We are already drowning in objects."

Solomon recommends:

- Isa Genzken at MoMA

- Wangechi Mutu at the Brooklyn Museum

- Josephine Meckseper at Andrea Rosen gallery

- Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner gallery



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Comments [9]


The Theresa Bernstein show at the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center, is on through Jan 18, 2014 (free; open to the public)--fabulous work by an artist who was born in 1890 and died in 2002. Must-see!

Dec. 20 2013 06:20 PM
Sally Apfelbaum

Please consider including THERESA BERNSTEIN in this list.

Dec. 20 2013 11:03 AM
Francois Ilnseher

An other show by three noted woman artist's not to be missed is "flights of love"
at the Gallery Molly Krom at 53c Stanton St Ny 10002 LES

Dec. 20 2013 09:47 AM

Blind spot here, Deborah you miss historic show of a woman artist, who could really paint, not merely patch bricolage with junk, THERESA BERNSTEIN: she saw the 1913 Armory show, then starred on New York art scene for decades: her paintings now displayed on Fifth avenue at 34th (CUNY Graduate Center) even visible through the plate glass windows from the street (shades of B. Altman)

Dec. 20 2013 09:30 AM

I'd issue a general warning to go see anything you had in mind but haven't gotten around to. Fall shows will close starting right after the New Year or even before -- half a dozen at the Met alone.

Dec. 20 2013 08:12 AM
art gunther

For a great show just outside NYC, visit the Edward Hopper House birthplace and art center for a look at accomplished artist Tony Oursler, early work by Hopper and the Hallway Gallery of Hopper-inspired art.

Dec. 20 2013 07:51 AM
Deborah Solomon from Art critic, WNYC

Hi Mason,

Thanks for the nudge about Julia Margaret Cameron. I do love her portraits, but sometimes feel that -- in the case of photographs -- you can get the same aesthetic jolt from seeing them in a book at home as you can from seeing them in a museum.

Rache from Greenpoint -- Sorry you did not care for Isa Genzken. Try looking at it as the cri de coeur of a woman who grew up in the shadow of rules-bound, rationalist Bauhaus, and perhaps it will have more meaning for you.

Dec. 20 2013 07:51 AM
Rache; from Greenpoint

Isa Genzken at MoMA has a few interesting things, but most of it is unadulterated junk, resented as high art. Terribly disappointing.

Dec. 20 2013 07:45 AM
Mason from Jackson Heights

Ms Solomon failed to mention the excellent show of Julia Margaret Cameron's work at the Met in her list of female artists on view through the holidays. In my book it is a must see and possibly on my personal 'top 10' list for 2013.
My only critique for the Met is they failed to acknowledge that she very likely to have had training from her photographer brother-in-law and Oscar Gustave Reijlander before and after she took up the camera.

Dec. 20 2013 07:41 AM

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