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Chagall & Magritte highlight NYC exhibits, Hockney shows closing in LA, San Fran

Marc Chagall - The Juggler, Self-Portrait with Clock
Marc Chagall - The Juggler, Self-Portrait with Clock
© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/ADAGP, Paris

I could’ve done without the cold I brought home via the climate change, but my pre-New Year’s Eve weekend in New York proved one thing—the Big Apple never disappoints when it comes to art. Best exhibit I saw was “Chagall: Love, War, and Exile,” continuing at the Jewish Museum (Upper East Side) through February 2. This show explores a neglected period in the artist’s career from the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930s through 1948; in addition to the usual Cubist and Surrealist elements and his trademark folk art motifs, he frequently interpolated images of the crucifixion with Holocaust scenes in this period.

Also at the Jewish Museum is the exhaustive “Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective” (through March 23) celebrating the diverse career of the one-time underground comic artist best known for “Maus”—his Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel based on his parents' survivor memories of the Holocaust. For info, visit
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At the Museum of Modern Art is “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938.” (It ends January 12, but you can catch it at the Menil Collection in Houston, February 14–June 1; and the Art Institute of Chicago, June 25–October 12). The exhibit focuses on the breakthrough Surrealist years of the Belgian artist, from 1926-1938, and includes some 80 paintings, collages, and objects, notably some of his best known works as well as many obscure pieces likely never seen before in the U.S. Visit

Also at MOMA: “American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe” (through January 26). Including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, the show brings together some of most celebrated masterworks in the museum’s collection... At the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center: “Florence Vandamm & The Vandamm Studio” (through February 28), devoted to the pioneer female theatrical photographer.

If you haven’t seen “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, you have until January 20 to catch it. More than 300 works are on view in this comprehensive survey of the prolific British artist’s work since 2002. One of the highlights of the exhibition for me was the “Cubist movies,” which Hockney made using as many as 18 separate digital cameras… If Golden Gate Park is a bridge too far, Hockney’s “Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos” are being shown at L.A. County Art Museum through January 20.

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