Guide to the Best Art Exhibitions and Auctions in North America
Summer may be coming to an end, and the days might be getting a bit chillier, but there’s no excuse to not get out and hit the town. With many of the world-class museums and auctions North America has on offer, from New York to Los Angeles, and even across the border in Canada, there’s bound to be one that will catch your attention. Full with a rich artistic history, why not take a different kind of holiday, and splurge on the cultural trip of a lifetime?
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court at The Frick Collection
- Address:The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues), New York
- Dates: 16 Nov 2016-19 Feb 2017
This exhibition places the spotlight on Pierre Gouthière (1732 to 1813), the French metal-worker who received many commissions from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Known as a key eighteenth-century French artist, the exhibition will shed light on the artist’s life and work through 21 pieces from public and private collections including clocks, vases, firedogs, wall lights, and mounts for vases. Organized by the Curator of Decorative Arts at the Frick Collection, Charlotte Vignon, the exhibition promises to be eye-opening.
Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room at The Broad
Recommended by Danielle Krysa, author, art curator and founder of The Jealous Curator.
- Address:The Broad, 221 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
- Dates: Until October 2017
“Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist (avant-garde sculptor, painter, novelist) whose list of artistic accomplishments is so long it's almost infinite, much like her "Infinity Mirrored Room” which is currently installed at The Broad in Los Angeles. This piece is like a beautifully bizarre dream in the form of an art installation. Now, this is a tricky exhibition to get into, but the reason for that trickiness might just be the very best part as it’s because you get this space completely to yourself for one minute. That’s right - no gallery crowds, just you and you alone in a chamber full of mirrors and colorful LED lights as far as the eye can see! Ah yes, a little bit of magic in the middle of downtown LA.”
In the Tower: Barbara Kruger at the National Gallery of Art
- Address:National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue North West Washington, Washington D.C.
- Dates: 30 Sep 2016-22 Jan 2017
On September 30, the East Building gallery space of the National Gallery of Art, that houses modern and several temporary exhibition spaces, will reopen after three years of renovation and construction of new galleries and a Roof Terrace. In the Tower: Barbara Kruger will be on view to mark the reopening, in the latest of a series of exhibitions focusing on developments in art since midcentury.
The exhibition will feature the American artist’s black and white photographs of faces, superimposed with phrases and statements. The mix of image and text creates a powerful mix between art and social commentary.
London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj at The Getty
- Address:The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles
- Dates: 26 July-13 Nov 2016
London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj, presents the work of six artists known as the leaders of the “school of London” who revolutionized contemporary paintings of the human figure and landscapes in the late 20th century. These six artists are Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R.B. Kitaj.
Impressionist and Modern Art at Doyle
- Address:Doyle, 175 East 87th Street, New York
- Dates: 1 November 2016 at 11.00
This auction will feature works by both European and American artists from the movements of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to early Modernism. French artist and co-founder of the Cubist movement’s second phase, Jean Metzinger’s (1883 to 1956) work will be available. Two works of his are available at this auction, one particular still life on offer is estimated at $150,000-$250,000.
Fine and Decorative Art at A.H. Wilkens
- Address:A.H. Wilkens, 210 Lakeshore Road East, Towne Square, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
- Dates: 8 November at 19.00 2016
This auction will feature mainly Chinese and fine antiques, mid Century modern teak and rosewood, estate jewellery, sterling silver and Canadian and international fine art. The auction house is currently still accepting consignment for this auction, therefore no specific pieces can be named as yet.
American Art at Bonhams
- Address:Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, New York.
- Dates: 22 November at 14.00 2016
“Dedicated to American art, this auction will feature paintings by artists from the Hudson River School, Impressionist, Ashcan School, the Ten, the Eight and regional schools. Work from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Maurice Prendergast, John Marin and Milton Avery are often on sale.
“The October auction is specifically aimed at new collectors with items from £80-5000. Giving collectors the opportunity to purchase really wonderful pieces – some of which are 500 years and older – for a reasonable price.”