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18 April 2014
Vanity Fair | Art to See Now
Art to See Now: Warhol’s Haunting Post-Assassination Jackie Kennedy Portraits
Vanity Fair Online
By Rachel Tashjian
We’ve curated the must-see exhibits and events from around the globe, including: haunting Warhol portraits of Jackie Kennedy, sugar-coated Shakespeare puns at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography, and more.
Blain|Di Donna, New York
Blain|Di Donna has gathered more than 50 of Warhol’s portraits of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the first show dedicated to artist’s portrayal of the late First Lady. Much of the work, created 50 years ago, was done when Warhol was just experimenting with the style of successive screenprints that would make him the 20th century’s biggest art-world celebrity. Warhol may have fostered the “It girl,” but Jackie embodied the icon, and Warhol’s depictions of her—in blues, browns, and whites, as if negatives from a French art film—bring a haunting dignity to his pop-culture-obsessed body of work.
April 10–May 17, 2014
“Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community”
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
For its foray into the exploration of fashion as art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presents the work of Mexican designer Carla Fernández, whose designs integrate Mexico’s artisan heritage into contemporary fashion. Couture rebozos, geometric flora prints, and charro suits in folksy neons demonstrate Fernández’s vision—the antidote to the Urban Outfitters breed of cultural misappropriaton.
April 17–September 1, 2014
“Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment”
Petit Palais, Paris
When Marion Cotillard’s flapper nonpareil announced to Owen Wilson’s wide-eyed Woody stand-in that it was the Belle Époque—not the Roaring Twenties—that was Paris’s golden age, we were inclined to agree. The Petit Palais is offering an immersive experience into that time, when Paris was considered the “window on the world,” and the paintings, costumes, photographs, and furniture on display here would come to be considered among the finest the city ever produced.
April 2–August 17, 2014
Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and on Pinterest
All’s éclairs in love and war in this online celebration of the bard’s 450th birthday, in which contestants compete measuring cup by measuring cup, for a weekend trip for two in Stratford-upon-Avon. Snap a photo of your “Troilus and Crescent Rolls” and upload it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #Cakespeare, and see if you can tame the streusel or best “Love’s Linzer Torte Lost.”
Through May 4, 2014
“Robert Mapplethorpe” and “Mapplethorpe Rodin”
Grand Palais, Paris
Musée Rodin, Paris
This retrospective—the largest ever—of the Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs emphasize the black-and-white portraitist’s decidedly classicist aesthetic, rather than the eroticism that seems to have accompanied his name, since his nude series in the 1980s. On the other side of the Seine, the Musée Rodin gives Mapplethorpe his deserved due, as the master sculptor’s scion.
March 26–July 13, 2014
Ai Weiwei: According to What?
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Brooklyn gets the Ai Weiwei show from D.C.’s Hirschhorn Museum and does the Brooklyn thing: cleans it up and spiffs it out, with a cache of work spanning the past 20-some years from America’s favorite Chinese-dissident provocateur.
April 18–August 10, 2014
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