There are some great opportunities in New York right now for art-lovers, and you shouldn’t miss any of them. For this week’s Gallery Beat, we’ve got three very unique exhibits featuring art, and artists, who don’t often make their way across the pond. You’ll be feeling very European after checking these out:
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis
Remember Scarlett Johannsen’s 1999 film, Girl with a Pearl Earring? Now you can see the original masterpiece at the center of that story. For the first time in 30 years, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is on display outside its home in the Netherlands. The Frick Collection is displaying the painting, along with other famous Dutch masterpieces, in an exhibit now through January 19. The paintings are from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, which is currently undergoing a renovation.
Girl with a Pearl Earring was created sometime in the 17th century, and is inarguably Vermeer’s most famous piece. It is a beautiful and intense image of a young woman, with her stunningly large pearl earring as the focal point. It is well worth seeing in real life, so take the opportunity now.
The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th St.
New York, NY 10001
Exhibit Jan. 19, 2014
Konrad Lueg has a really interesting history. You would think this German postwar artist, one of the founding figures of “Capitalist Realism,” would be more famous. His work in the 1950s and 60s was considered the German counterpart to the American Pop art movement.
But Lueg abruptly quit his artistic pursuits in 1967, and went on to become one of Europe’s greatest contemporary art dealers instead. His early contributions to German art have not earned him much recognition.
Perhaps this new exhibit at the Greene Naftali Gallery with give him more credit. While Lueg’s career was short, this display of his work between 1963-1967 offers plenty to keep your attention. It also makes me want to see much more of him. His fascinating, abstract patterns and portraits, filled with rainbows of colors, are enthralling. I love Lueg’s unique addition to his artistic genre, and hopefully this exhibit is just the beginning of Lueg retrospectives.
Greene Naftali Gallery
526 W. 26th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Exhibit until Nov. 16
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier has been hitting the publicity waves for two years now- and it’s finally made its way to New York. It is the first international exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed and groundbreaking couture fashion designer.
Currently at the Brooklyn Museum, The Fashion World features 140 pieces of haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, including some of Gaultier’s earliest and newest pieces.
What makes this exhibit really cool are its multimedia elements. According to the Brooklyn Museum, many of his fashions are displayed on “custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections.”
In addition, you can also view “accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world.”
I can’t wait to step into it myself.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Exhibit until Feb. 23, 2014