A preview of the shows that should generate heat during the cold winter months in New York.
Cezanne's Card Players, opening February 9, Metropolitan Museum
saying it is "worth travelling the earth" to see Cezanne's still "astonishing" portraits hung side by side. The exhibition brings together for the first time three of the artist's five "Card Players," including the Met's (the Courtauld's is shown here), and related paintings, oil studies, and drawings.
Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century, opening April 5, Metropolitan Museum
Menzel in particular deserves to be better known, and I hope this show will prove it. His concerns with capturing modern life and the effects of light and atmosphere arguably put him in the same camp as the Impressionists -- he lived from 1815 to 1905, so he was roughly their contemporary -- but he was very, very German, and the collections here are very, very French.
(Above, a sepia drawing by Friedrich in the collection of Vienna's Belvedere.)
Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective, opening April 13, Metropolitan Museum
Picasso: Guitars 1912-14 (sculpture and other media), opening February 13, MoMA
Rembrandt and His School: Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings, opening February 15, Frick Collection
Glenn Ligon: America, opening March 10, Whitney Museum of American Art
This midcareer retrospective will look at 25 years of Ligon's art with approximately 100 works -- paintings, prints, photos, drawings, video, sculptural installations, and neon reliefs. The monograph accompanying the show sounds equally ambitious: as described by the Whitney, it will have "an essay by curator Scott Rothkopf considering the artist's entire career, a text exploring the themes of literature and democracy in Ligon's art by the distinguished curator and critic Okwui Enwezor, and contributions by Columbia University professor Saidiya Hartman, New Yorker staff writer Hilton Als, LACMA curator Franklin Sirmans, and LA MOCA curator Bennett Simpson." The show travels to the LA County Museum in the fall.
Will Ryman, The Roses, on display on Park Avenue's medians beginning January 25