New York City has always been on the avant-garde of Contemporary Art. Major museums and galleries spread all over town to offer thrilling exhibitions. Between the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Met, the MoMA or the Guggenheim, you'll have plenty of choice to get your fill of culture.
Fast Forward, Painting from the 1980s at Whitney Museum
Welcome back to New York in the 1980s, when art galleries multiplied downtown and alternative areas of expression rose up to prominence. New formats were being used by upcoming talents, video for instance. However, some artists still chose to remain faithful to painting whilst creating new art forms based on reinterpreting abstraction. At Whitney Museum, you'll be able to discover or rediscover avant-garde works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine and David Salle among others.
Fast Forward, Painting from the 1980s
Until 14 May 2017
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
Iggy Pop Life Class at Brooklyn Museum
Remember when Iggy Pop took centre stage in Jeremy Deller's collaborative project at the New York Academy of Art in February 2016. 22 artists ranging in age from 19 to 80 became models for art school students, and Iggy Pop was the main one. You can now find the work produced consequently at the Brooklyn Museum, in the context of the Iggy Pop Life Class exhibition. It is part of a larger retrospective focusing on the representation of masculinity in art.
Iggy Pop Life Class
Until 26 March 2017
200 Eastern Parkway
New York, NY 11238
Louise Lawler, Why Pictures Now at MoMA
For two months from April 30th to June 30th, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) takes an interest in Louise Lawler's œuvre with an exhibition named Why Pictures Now. Since 1970, the American artist has tried to question the link between the artwork, the artistic process and the exhibition area, thus shedding new light on the history of art and its fundamental stakes.
Louise Lawler, Why Picture Now
From 30 April to 30 June 2017
11 W 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des garçons at Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Rei Kawakubo exhibition will open on May 4th, 2017, only three days after the Met Gala. This benefit is meant to raise money for the Costume Institute, the fashion department of the Metropolitan Museum. During this retrospective, 120 pieces from the Japanese artist's Comme des garçons collection will be introduced to the public. Unfinished garments, as well as destructured shapes and volumes, will allow for a better understanding of designer Rei Kawakubo's work, groundbreaking and nonconformist. The exhibition covers a period of time from the early 1980s until now.
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des garçons
From 4 May to 4 September 2017
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Jackson Pollock, Exploring Alchemy at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Alchemy (1947) is one of Jackson Pollock's major artworks, and one of the first paintings for which the artist started to use the ‘pouring' technique (consisting in letting the paint drip over the canvass). For the first time since 1969, the masterpiece has been on display again in the United States. You can explore its every crevice with an interactive kiosk that shows three-dimensional images, breakdowns and analysis of the colour schemes and binders of the piece that are the constituents of true alchemy.
Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy
Until 6 September 2017
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10128