Nude Wringing Her Hair, 1952, by Pablo Picasso.  Private collection.

Picasso Looks at Degas

Clark Museum
225 South St.
Williamstown, Massachusetts

Focusing on two of the great artists of the modern period, this exhibition explores Pablo Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Edgar Degas. This ground-breaking exhibition examines Degas through Picasso’s eyes and the ways his response varied over time from emulation to confrontation and parody to homage. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for this exhibition which explores the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation through dramatic pairings and groupings that have never been brought together in this ambitious way. Degas’s In a Café (L’Absinthe) (1873, Musée d’Orsay) is placed alongside Picasso’s Portrait of Sebastià Junyer Vidal (1903, Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Picasso’s oil on canvas The Blue Room (Le Tub) (1901, Phillips Collection, Washington, DC) is paired with The Tub, (c. 1889, Collection Jacques Doucet, Paris), a monotype by Degas that may have served as a prototype; and Picasso’s 1905 portrait of Benedetta Canals (Museu Picasso, Barcelona) is hung beside Degas’s Woman with an Umbrella (c. 1876, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa). The two artists shared a lifelong obsession with women that is seen in portraits of friends and images of singers, ironers, ballet dancers, bathers, and prostitutes. While it is widely acknowledged that these are Degas’s signature themes, all are echoed in Picasso’s work. Usually identified as painters, both Degas and Picasso were innovative sculptors, printmakers, and extraordinary draftsmen, and the exhibition uses the full range of media to examine Picasso’s reaction to the challenge of Degas.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925).  Group with Parasols (Siesta) (detail), ca.  1905.  Oil on canvas.  Private Collection.
  • June 30 - October 4, 2015
  • New York, New York

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at the Met

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

http://www.metmuseum.org/

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  • July 1 - August 27, 2015
  • London, United Kingdom

Emily Young: Call and Response

The Fine Art Society

The Fine Art Society
148 New Bond Street
London, United Kingdom

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Bruce Nauman’s first word-image print, Raw-War
  • July 1 - October 26, 2015
  • Stanford, California
  • July 2, 2015
  • San Diego, California
László Moholy-Nagy, "Composition," n.d.  (ca.  1922-23).  Paper collage on paper.  SBMA, Gift of Mrs.  Charlotte Mack.
  • July 5 - September 27, 2015
  • Santa Barbara, California

The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, California

www.sbma.net

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Situlilu (Rattlesnake) Katsina from Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection at the Amon Carter Museum.
  • July 5 - September 13, 2015
  • Fort Worth, Texas

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas

http://www.cartermuseum.org

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Sol LeWitt, Tower (DC), 1989, 2009.  Concrete block, mortar.  15' 11 5/8" x 4' 7 5/8" x 4' 7 5/8" Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA and The Estate of Sol LeWitt.  Funded by Museum supporters at the 2008 deCordova Annual Benefit.
  • July 8, 2015 - May 1, 2016
  • Lincoln, Massachusetts

Architectural Allusions

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, Massachusetts

www.decordova.org

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  • July 9-19, 2015
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

Reagle Music Theatre presents Kiss Me, Kate - July 9-19

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston

Reagle Music Theatre
617 Lexington Street
Waltham, Massachusetts

www.reaglemusictheatre.com

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Garden & Architectural
  • July 9-12, 2015
  • Bridgehampton, New York

The Bridgehampton Antiques & Design Fair

The Bridgehampton Community House
2357 Montauk Highway
Bridgehampton, New York

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Irving Ramsey Wiles, "White Sloop, Peconic Bay", 1907, Oil on canvas, 21 x 28 inches, Signed
Summer Bliss - In American Paintings 1860 - The Present Day
MME FINE ART
May 8 - June 10, 2015
New York, New York
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