Rene Magritte at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

The New York Marathon had just ended as I began my own laps across the City. Beginning at the Museum of Modern Art, there’s no better way to exercise the eye and mind. On view through January 14, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926 -1938” is a dense show of the artist’s Surrealist years. Many beloved, familiar paintings hang alongside ones that are rarely seen. Collages, objects and photographs flesh out the exhibition and attest to Magritte’s unique, innovative eye and mind.

Brendan Fowler, New Photography 2013, Museum of Modern Art

The New Photography 2013 exhibition at MOMA features eight international artists who are expanding the field of photography. Shared themes among the artists in the show include the merging of abstraction and representation, the examination of digital and analog technologies and story-telling that is both documentary and conceptually based.  Brendan Fowler, who lives in Los Angeles, is of particular interest. Having visited his studio over a year ago, I am intrigued with his mash-up of images and his hybrid of painting, collage and photography.

Eleanor Antin, video still, Museum of Modern Art, New York

On the third floor, “Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself” comprises a beautiful installation by an artist often overlooked in the current dialogue. Contemporary works from the MOMA collection on the second floor offers an overview of some of the most provocative of work of the past few years by artists such as Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Hammons and William Kentridge along with various videos by artists such as Eleanor Antin.

Balthus, Metropolitan Museum, New York

The Metropolitan is hosting “Balthus Cats and Girls”, another classic exhibition of work not seen in this country in thirty years. Featuring works between the 1930’s and 1950’s, these paintings showcase observations of youthful eroticism, humor and despair, capturing moments and moods of universal endurance.

Joel A. Rosenthal (JAR) at the Metropolitan Museum, New York

Sculpture as jewelry arrives at the Met with the exhibition, “Jewels by JAR”.  Hailed as one of the most acclaimed designers of the last three decades, the 400 works by Joel A. Rosenthal, are a rare fascination. This will be the Met’s first exhibition by a contemporary jeweler, guaranteed to mesmerize. As a footnote, due to the explosion of public interest in art, both the Met and MOMA are now open seven days a week.

Christopher Wool, Guggenheim Museum, New York

Following on the above, Christopher Wool’s survey at the Guggenheim is a great leap forward in the journey that painting has taken over the past decades. The exhibition tracks Wool’s emergence since the 1980’s. Each body of work has strength and interest but the word paintings steal the show for me.

Yves Klein, Dominique Levy Gallery, New York

Among my many gallery visits, the stand-out was Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein and Cy Twombly” at Dominique Levy’s newly inaugurated space on Madison Avenue. This carefully curated show of masterworks from three of the most influential artists of the 20th century is worthy of any museum. While each artist maintains a distinctive voice, the dialogue between them is intriguing.  A stunning catalog accompanies the exhibition.

Laduree on Madison Avenue, New York

As the daylight wanes and the pace slows, sugar is required. Laduree calls. Macarons devine, flown in daily from Paris, these are treats to swoon over. If you miss them in New York, you can visit the new store on Lincoln Road during Art Basel. Artist and dessert connoisseur, Will Cotton, who explores the seduction of consumption, has collaborated with Laduree on a new project to be unveiled during the Fair.

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