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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 31, No. 3, Dec 2008

Shows Not to Miss

Modernism: Designing New World 1914-1939 at the Victoria & Albert Museum through 23 July.

House of Oracles: A Huang Yong Ping Retrospective at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoca) through 25 February 2007.

Dada at the Museum of Modern Art, New York through 11 September.

Thomas Hirschhorn: Utopia, Utopia = One World, One War, One Army, One Dress at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston 22 September through December. Travels to C.C.A Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 15 March - 13 May 2007.

Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth. 60 paintings, books and sculptures.at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 26 June - 10 September; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 15 October 2006 - 14 January 2007.

Robert Rauschenberg: Combines with 65 works made between 1954 and 1964 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles through 4 September.

Dutch Treats: Contemporary Illustration from the Netherlands, an exhibition of about 80 works by 14 children’s book illustrators at the the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA from 28 March - 9 July.

Klee and America from 9 March - 22 May at the Neue Galerie New York with 60 paintings and drawings by Klee. Going to Phillips Collection in Washington and the Menil Collection in Houston.

Symphonic Poem: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson at the Brooklyn Museum through 14 August.

Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery at the New York Historical Society through January.

[David Hockney: Portraits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 11 June through 4 September; and National Portrait Gallery in London (12 October - 21 January 2007).

Crescent Moon: Islamic Art and Civilization in Southeast Asia at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Treasures of Spanish Medieval Illumination at Istituto Cervantes de Nueva York, 211 E. 49th St., Manhattan from 15 June - 12 July.

Huang Yong Ping, a retrospective, at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts from 19 February - 8 January 2007. (He was the ringleader of China’s radical Xiamen Dada collective in the mid-1980s and now lives in Paris).

Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives at the National Archives, Washington, DC through 1 January. 25 “archives” or first-person accounts–in audio, video and ink-of events witnessed, decisions made, actions taken including diaries, letters, photographs and tapes. www.archives.gov

Satirical London, Museum of London through 3 September, which explores three centuries of satire, sex and scandal.

Text as Image: An Homage to Lorenzo Homar and the Reverend Pedro Pietri at El Museo del Barrio, New York City through 10 September.

Family Legacies: The Art of Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through 27 August.

When We Were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC 17 June - 11 September includes work of Picasso, Klee, Mike Kelly etc.

Example at the Phillips Collection:

Paul Klee’s ’Woman with Parasol’Paul Klee drew this whimsical portrait between the ages of 4 and 6. Art historian Jonathan Fineberg says what’s notable about Klee’s childhood art is that it already hints at his “depth of perception of human character.”

Pencil on paper, 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches. Paul-Klee-Siftung, Kunstmuseum Bern. (c) 2006 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC through 24 September.