Preview: best art exhibitions in the USA, fall 2023
A first look at some of the most interesting art exhibitions that will be on view in the United States in autumn 2023.
Image: Edgar Degas, “Édouard Manet, Seated, Holding His Hat” (detail), ca. 1865. Graphite and black chalk on wove (China) paper. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1918 (19.51.7) // Sources: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / Museum of Modern Art, New York / Getty Museum, Malibu / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / National Gallery of Art, Washington / Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Manet/Degas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (September 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024)
Through more than 150 paintings and works on paper, Manet/Degas takes a fresh look at the interactions of these two artists in the context of the family relationships, friendships, and intellectual circles that influenced their artistic and professional choices, deepening our understanding of a key moment in nineteenth-century French painting.
Picasso in Fontainebleau – The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 01, 2023 – February 10, 2024)
This exhibition will reunite both monumental versions of Picasso’s Three Musicians and Three Women at the Spring with the other major works on canvas, small preparatory paintings, line drawings, etchings, and pastels he created in Fontainebleau. This will be the first time these works have been presented together since they left Picasso’s studio. Encompassing both Cubist and classic academic styles, these works will be complemented by never-before-seen photographs and archival documents.
Styled by Sargent – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (October 8, 2023–January 15, 2024)
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), admired on both sides of the Atlantic for his luxurious portraits, often chose clothing for his sitters that would both reflect their identities and fulfill his own aesthetic goals. This major exhibition, organized with Tate Britain, brings together about 50 paintings alongside a dozen period garments, shedding new light on the role of fashion and dress in this beloved painter’s creative practice.
A remarkable printmaker, painter, and poet, William Blake (1757–1827) developed a wildly unconventional world view, representing universal forces of creation and destruction—physical, psychological, historical—through his own cast of characters. This major international loan exhibition explores the artist-poet’s imaginative world through his most celebrated works.
Dorothea Lange: Seeing People – National Gallery of Art, Washington (November 5, 2023–March 31, 2024)
During her long, prolific, and groundbreaking career, the American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) made some of the most iconic portraits of the 20th century. Featuring some 100 photographs, the exhibition addresses her innovative approaches to picturing people, emphasizing her work on social issues including economic disparity, migration, poverty, and racism.
Bonnard’s Worlds – Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (November 5, 2023–March 31, 2024)
“Bonnard’s Worlds” is the Kimbell’s first exhibition dedicated to the works of French painter Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), inspired by its 2018 acquisition of the artist’s Landscape at Le Cannet (1928). The exhibition includes approximately 70 of Bonnard’s finest works, created over the course of his career, reunitingsome of the artist’s most celebrated works from museums in Europe and the United States, as well as many unfamiliar to the public from worldwide private collections.