March 2019

Pioneering photographer Oscar Gustaf Rejlander wrote, “It is the mind of the artist, and not the nature of his materials, which makes his production a work of art.”
In this episode of Expert Voices, join Prints & Multiples specialist John Maher in an exploration of Litho #1 (Waves #1), a masterpiece of printmaking by Willem de Kooning. A rare example of de Kooning’s early print work, Waves #1 comes from an edition of only 12 prints that has not been seen at auction in over two decades. De Kooning’s composition was crafted amid a burst of spontaneity and combines the immediacy of the single pass lithograph with the powerful brushstrokes that Abstract Expressionism is known for. While most known for his brightly colored canvases, this work reinforces De Kooning’s belief that “sometimes there’s more light in black and white”. (29 April | New York)
Pictures of people, farms, and the striking landscapes of Central New York populate “Tommy Brown: Upstate,” on view through April 7 in the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY. This retrospective is a definitive look at photographer Tommy Brown’s decades-long study of his home in and around Chenango and Madison counties, NY.
This week the National Portrait Gallery in London made an unusual announcement in the art world. The museum and the Sackler Trust, the philanthropic organization of the Sackler family, who founded Perdue Pharma, would not be going forward with a planned donation.
For years Andy Warhol and his mother Julia lived and worked in an unassuming townhouse near the corner of 89th street and Lexington avenue.
Ottawa-based Mazurka will debut a new body of paintings, embossings and site-specific installations using textured layers of colored vinyl. Mazurka’s work revolves around patterns, and how they help us make sense of the world. The artist samples and combines visual references from a variety of areas, including architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. Through processes of manipulation and synthesis, her projects flatter and disturb the certainty and stability that patterns offer.  
Aspects of Nude showcases the ways in which artists have portrayed the human form in its purest state: bare.
Sculptor Tony Cragg discusses his long-standing interest in plastic, machine parts, and other products of industry. He describes his process of scavenging, stacking, and piling these utilitarian materials to create his striking sculptures.
The landmark exhibition The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East, which opens March 18, 2019, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, focuses on the remarkable cultural, religious, and commercial exchange that took place in cities including Petra, Baalbek, Palmyra, and Hatra between 100 B.C. and A.D. 250.
Learn about the life of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, from his start as part of graffiti duo SAMO to his rise as an internationally renowned painter.