11 Must-See Art Exhibits of the Fall Art Season

Acrobatic%20Dancer.jpgSee 11 stellar art exhibits in the U.S. and Europe this autumn…

Tate Modern, London
The first major survey since 1995 of the work of the French-born artist Louise Bourgeois runs from 10 October through 20 January, 2008. Organized with Paris’ Pompidou Center, the exhibition showcases the work of the always avant-garde sculptor, best known — and perhaps feared — for her oversized bronze spiders.

The Baltimore Museum of Art
Matisse: Painter as Sculptor is the first major show of the artist’s 3-D works in more than 40 years. From 28 October to 3 February, 2008. (image, right)

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
Gustave Courbet is represented by more than 200 works in the first major exploration of his work (there have been countless smaller shows). The artist straddles the fence of a key moment in French 19th-century painting, between Romanticism and Impressionism. Runs 13 October until 28 January, 2008.

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Barcelona 1900 is at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam from 21 September until 20 January, 2008. Artists like young Picasso and the generation of architects who inspired architect Antoni Gaudi’s unique vision are represented by works rarely on public view.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Just in from the Art Institute of Chicago, The Gates of Paradise runs from 30 October until 13 January, 2008. Damaged by the 1966 floods of Florence, the bronze doors whose nickname was conferred by no less than Michelangelo will be represented by three of the recently restored low-relief panels, a 15th-century masterpiece by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Through January 6, 2008, Philadelphia’s great art museum hosts an exhibition of landscapes by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Best known for his portraits and nude studies, Renoir also painted many landscapes that reveal the eye for color and impressionistic effects that became his trademarks. This exhibition brings together 60 landscapes by the painter, drawn from public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

The Art Institute of Chicago
From now through 25 November, recent works by American photographer Richard Misrach are on view in the show On the Beach. The deceptively bucolic title belies the sinister back-story in these large-scale images of sand and sea.

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Crowd-pleasers Edward Hopper and J. M. W. Turner both get big shows in Washington this fall. Works by Hopper, the quintessential painter of American life in the early 20th century, are on view from 16 September to 21 January, 2008. And Turner’s foggy landscapes of 19th-century London, approximately 145 of them, can be viewed in Washington from 1 October until 6 January, 2008.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The complex and personal boxes of visionary artist Joseph Cornell are on view at SFMOMA in San Francisco from 6 October through 6 January, 2008 in Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination. Close to 200 works from the 1930s through the artist’s death in 1972 are on view.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Tate Modern exhibition, Dali: Painting & Film, finds its perfect audience near Hollywood. Spanish Surrealist master Salvador Dali collaborated with some of Tinseltown’s best directors, including Hitchcock and Disney. 14 October to 6 January, 2008.

Will Shank