The winter season is really starting to kick in here in New York City, and boy am I cold. To be proactive and fight off the winter blues, get out of your apartment and keep yourself busy. These three (must-see) art exhibits should do the trick:
Leonardo Da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin
This exhibit at the Morgan Library will show two Leonardo Da Vinci works never before seen in New York: Da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds, and the sketch Head of a Young Woman. The codex is a series of drawings and observations on the flight pattern of various birds. It’s a scientific document handwritten in Da Vinci’s iconic mirror-image writing. Da Vinci’s Head of a Young Woman drawing is known as a model for his famous Virgin of the Rocks painting. These amazing works will be featured alongside other Da Vinci drawings, all on loan from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin. I’m not sure how often these images travel, but my bet is they won’t show up in New York again for a long time. So see them while you have the chance. And while you’re there, don’t forget the frightening Edgar Allen Poe exhibit as well. They will make a trip to The Morgan well worth your time.
225 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Exhibit until Feb. 2, 2014
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938
The expansive Rene Magritte exhibit at MOMA has been running for a little while now, but it’s still a must-see. Magritte is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. He created surrealist images meant to challenge people’s minds and make them do a doubletake, and he was incredibly successful. You might not recognize his name- but I guarantee you will recognize his paintings (see above, for example). The exhibit specifically focuses on the early years of Magritte’s career, and how these early years shaped him as a future artist. Besides his above painting, you will also see famous works like The Son of Man or La Durée Poignardée, plus many others. The show is quite large, so I would recommend checking it out when you have at least 1-2 hours to spare.
Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019
Exhibit until Jan. 12, 2014
The Modern Poster in Germany
Early 20th-century German art is pretty fascinating, and the Neue Galerie has a great new exhibit dedicated to one unique art form: the poster. More than 30 posters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be on display, chronicling how posters emerged as an accepted form of art. Characterized by their bold yet simple designs, these posters really take you back to another era. The block printing visible on many of them is definitely reminiscent of our world’s previous industrial era.
Some famous works on display will be Lucian Bernhard’s 1914 Adler typewriter advertisement, and two of Thomas Theodor Heine’s images for the Munich journal Simplicissimus in 1896.
While poster art officially began in France, German artists made their own impressive contributions. This exhibit definitely inspired me to learn more about them, and seek out more of their work. Perhaps I’ll even buy a print for myself.
1048 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
Exhibit until Feb. 10, 2014