|Rubens' portrait of his wife|
Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery, Frick Collection. Sixty drawings over a 500-year period sounds ridiculous, but this show presents the greatest hits from a great English collection by the masters of the craft -- Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rembrandt, and Cezanne among them -- both sketches and finished works. The Rubens at top is a luscious mix of sensuality and modesty, as he depicts his young wife lifting her veil. High expectations seem sure to be exceeded. Opens October 2.
Martha Rosler, Meta-Monumental Garage Sale, Museum of Modern Art. Haggle with a real artist! Rosler, MoMA's staff, and the public have donated stuff to be sold in the museum's atrium the last two weeks of November. Rosler, reputed to be a hard bargainer, has held garage sales several times before -- first in San Diego in 1973 and then in various European cities -- but MoMA's will be the largest. Expect to be elbowed by serious buyers. November 17-30.
Images from the museums' websites.
Text (c) Copyright 2012 Laura Gilbert.