Our Most Anticipated Museum Exhibitions in 2014
“Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador of the New” at the Museum of Modern Art (Dec. 21, 2013 – April 21, 2014): Gallerist and collector Ileana Sonnabend was a central figure in the shaping of postwar American art. The exhibition will explore her lasting influence—most notably as an “ambassador” who championed Pop and Minimalism in Europe and Arte Povera in America—and is mounted in celebration of her posthumous gift to the museum: Robert Rauschenberg’s infamous combine, Canyon.
“Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense” at the Getty Museum (Feb. 4 – June 8): Sugimoto is a favorite photographer on Artsy, and we’re excited to see him get another major museum exhibition. The Getty will bring together three of his major series that depict items from museum collections—habitat dioramas, wax portraits, and early photographic negatives—exploring photography’s ability to record and filter history.
“Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video” at the Guggenheim Museum (Jan. 24 – May 14): Fresh off her MacArthur “Genius Grant”, Weems is getting a major, comprehensive retrospective, one that will trace her evolution from documentary and autobiographical beginnings to a more conceptual, philosophical practice. Featured prominently will be her groundbreaking “Kitchen Table Series”, the series of self-portraits in which Weems enacts various African American tropes and stereotypes whilst seated at her kitchen table.
“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum (June 27 – Oct. 19): This exhibition comes with a number of firsts: the first museum retrospective devoted to Koons’s entire career (1979 – present), the first major museum presentation of Koons’s work in New York, and the first exhibition to fill the entire Whitney Museum with works by a single artist. It’s also an important last: after the show closes, the museum will relocate from its uptown Marcel Breuer building to the new Meatpacking District facility.
“Garry Winogrand” at the National Gallery of Art (March 2 – June 8): Few artists captured American life and New York City in the 1950s through 1980s like the endlessly prolific Garry Winogrand. His first retrospective in 25 years will feature 160 photographs from the 25,000+ rolls of film the artist is said to have shot throughout his career.
“Georges Braque: A Retrospective” at MFA Houston (Feb. 13 – May 11): Houston is the only American stop for this traveling, definitive retrospective of the artist who co-founded Cubism with his friend, collaborator, and rival Pablo Picasso. The exhibition will include over 75 of Braque’s works (many drawn from the Centre Pompidou’s collection), from early Fauvist-inspired paintings and seminal Cubist compositions to his later, lesser-known still lifes and landscapes.
“Odilon Redon” at Fondation Beyeler (Feb. 2 – May 18): A leading exponent of French Symbolism, Odilon Redon is one of the most enigmatic painters of semi-recent history. While his works typically depicted figurative, mythical subjects like “bizarre monsters” and “heavenly creatures”, the exhibition will situate Redon as a major bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries and a forerunner of classic European Modernism.
2014 Whitney Biennial (March 7 – May 25): We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the Whitney Biennial in our list—the first iteration to include the vision of three different curators, and the last to take place in the museum’s current building. “Although I intimately know the work that I selected, I am enthusiastic to see how the works live in space, to experience juxtaposition among work by all three curators and see the impact that the off-site work and performances have on the public,” Michelle Grabner, one of the three curators, told us. We can’t wait, either, to see works by 103 artists, in American art’s most important recurring exhibition.