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Umbrella Online - Current Issue

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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 29, No. 3, Sep 2006

Shows Not to Miss

Betye Saar: Migrations/Transformations at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Manhattan through 28 October.

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

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 through 13 May 2007.

Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth. 60 paintings, books and sculptures.at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 15 October 2006 - 14 January 2007.

www.bookart.plLegacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery at the New York Historical Society through January.

David Hockney: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London (12 October - 21 January 2007).

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

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

Dreaming of a Speech Without Words: The Paintings and Early Objects of H.C. Westermann with works from 1949 to 1959 through 19 November at the contemporary Museum, Honolulu. Travels to Montclair Art Museum (NJ) from 10 February - 27 May.

Agnes Martin: A Field of Vision: Paintings from the 1980’s through March 2007 at Dia: Beacon.

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now at the Asia Society, New York City through 10 December.

Cezanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through 7 January.

John Latham: Time Base and the Universe, a celebration of the British artist (1921-2006) including his “cluster” works, at MOMA in New York city.

Ecotopia at International Center of Photography, Manhattan, which is edifying, entertaining and ecologically aware and a kind of “An Inconvenient Truth” in exhibition format, according to Roberta Smith. Through 7 January.

Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design at Victoria & Albert Museum through 7 January includes 62 yellowing sheets of sketches, mirror writing, and showing Leonardo as scientist, engineer, architect, mathematician, weapons designer and medical researcher.

Niki and Jean: Art and Love at the Tingley Museum in Basel, Switzerland, presents the work of Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle side by side, along with photographs, drawings and models of some of the monumental projects they did together, including the Stravinsky Fountain beside Centre Pompidou in Paris. Through 21 January.

Städel Museum presents Martin Kippenberger: Work until it’s all sorted out - Pictures, 1984/85, on view through March 4, 2007. For the first time, thanks to the generous donation by the Frankfurt Trade Fair, the Staedel Museum now possesses a work by Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997), one of the most versatile and eagerly experimental artists of the late 20th century.

Scarred for Life by Ted Meyer, a Los Angeles artist, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC. Through March 2007. Conceptual-looking monochromatic prints which are images of scars, many of them terrifyingly impressive. (See NY Times, 10/4/06)

A World of Puzzles: Highlights from the Jerry Slocum Collection of Mechanical Puzzles, Brainteasers, and ingenious objects at the Lilly Library, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Catalog available as well. www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/

Eye of the Beholder: Photographs from the Collection of Richard Avedon on view at Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco through 25 November.