Fritz Ascher: Expressionist presents works by this German Jewish artist, who lived through the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime, and into the postwar years. After studying with Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth in Berlin, Fritz Ascher (1893–1970) traveled to Oslo, where he met Edvard Munch, and Munich, where he associated with the artists of the Blue Rider and Simplicissimus groups. His early work is steeped in old myths, spirituality, and reflections on the human condition. From 1933 he was forbidden to produce, exhibit, or sell his art.
Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt is the first solo museum exhibition of this New York-based octogenarian artist. Since the 1980s, Reinhardt has exclusively depicted scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, creating vivid, whimsical illustrations in colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache that recount the Roman poet’s time-honored myths.
Exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) civil-rights movement on the art world, Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989 will open during the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a crucial victory in the gay liberation movement.
Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection explores art from the 1960s and early ’70s from Iran, Turkey, and India via selections from the unparalleled Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at New York University.
Quest for the Essence: Arab Abstraction from the Barjeel Art Foundation, 1940s–1980s traces the emergence and development of abstraction in the Arab World through paintings and sculpture dating from the 1940s through the 1980s.
Proposing an alternative reading of the mid-century international art scene, Americans in Paris: Artists in the City of Light, 1946–1965 features works by visual artists who rejected the intense nationalism that arose in the U.S. in the 1950s.