Julia Margaret Cameron
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Both known and derided for her use of tools and techniques that evaded, for expressive purposes, the increasing potential for photographic precision, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), a curious figure among Victorian literati, had never even produced a photograph until she was nearly 50. What she left behind is, nonetheless, an extensive and moving body of work featuring many portraits of her intellectual coterie. On view now. Paul D’Agostino.
Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema
A list of renowned Italian directors with whom Ferretti hasn’t worked since the late 1960s would be a very short one indeed. Having collaborated with Pasolini, Fellini, Comencini and Bellocchio, Ferretti is the Ennio Morricone of production design. He’s worked with Scorsese, Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton as well, to name just a few of the many others. With multivalent screenings and trappings of so many blockbusters within, this exhibit is inherently a blockbuster itself. Opens September 20. D’Agostino.
Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly
Dominique Lévy Gallery
This new gallery is not a museum, per se, but its roster of artists rather make it seem like one. What’s more, Ms. Lévy will celebrate the opening of her 909 Madison Avenue space in grandiose style, and in a sacred space next door—with a 32-piece orchestra and dozens of choir singers performing, for the first time ever in New York, Yves Klein’s “Monotone-Silence” Symphony. Concert on September 18. D’Agostino.
Several hundred mixed media works by this broadly influential and—though he might not have readily agreed—deeply loved artist will take over all of PS1’s exhibition spaces in a reassembling of his posthumous retrospective previously mounted at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Monumental, for sure, and for good reason. Some shows should be seen; this one must be. Opens October 13. D’Agostino.
If you’re old enough to have grown tired of seeing piles of icky stuffed animals define artmaking in the 90s, you may also be old enough to know that Mike Kelley, who committed suicide in 2012, is the artist to blame for that very dark period of contemporary art history. Kelley began his work with toys in the 80s, making quilts, toy blobs, and installations with the material. In 1992, his work even graced the cover of the Sonic Youth album Dirty. But Kelley’s practice is arguably much more diverse than his influence, so this is an exhibition worth spending some time perusing. It’ll span the entire museum. Paddy Johnson.