Art Preview: The Whitney’s Hottest Openings

Art Preview: The Whitney’s Hottest Openings Composite of photos taken at the Whitney Museum | Feb 2016 - Tony Sargent | Bottom Right Image: "Cafe Metropole" by Lisette Model courtesty of the Whitney

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In its first year at its new location in Manhattan’s red-hot and distinctly international Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art has lined up a slate of marquee exhibitions for the fall.

The stunning Renzo Piano-designed building, between the buzzing High Line and the Hudson River, has a permanent collection of thousands of works by some of the most important modern and contemporary American artists, including Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and Cindy Sherman. The museum draws in part on this vast and significant archive to stage the next few months’upcoming shows while holding special exhibitions for up-and-coming New York-based artists.

Drawing inspiration from far-flung locales from Mexico City to Paris to Chicago, a retrospective of paintings from the jazz age artist Archibald Motley is currently occupying the museum’s airy eighth-floor space through January 17. Motley’s paintings depict all the glamour, energy, and excitement of that bygone era, and are a must-see for jazz, art, and history enthusiasts alike.

Now through January 3, the Whitney’s first floor gallery is currently filled with the vision of emerging artist Jared Madere. In keeping with its proud tradition of hosting the first show of many a soon-to-be-famous visionary American artist, the Whitney is giving top billing to Madere’s installations, which traditionally incorporate remnants of modern life from burned coal to flower arrangements. Be first in line to see the work of this rising young talent whose work has the art world abuzz.

October 30 marked the opening of two major exhibitions, both on exhibit through February 7. The first is the largest Frank Stella retrospective of the artist’s career to date, with over 120 works from his expansive oeuvre (which most famously includes his rainbow-hued geometric paintings) expertly arranged by the museum’s curators. Stella is one of the most important living American artists, and the opportunity to see such a broad range of his work on display in the museum’s iconic new venue is not to be missed.

The second exhibition features the work of New York based emerging artist Rachel Rose in her first solo exhibition. Known for her striking video installations that create nuanced environments by merging moving images and sound, Rose’s installation on the Whitney’s fifth floor is the perfect introduction to the Whitney’s new location as the installation physically engages with and reinterprets the Whitney’s stunning architecture.

And starting November 20, museum visitors will be able to view 800 selections from the collected works of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner. Co-organized by the Whitney and Paris’s famed Centre Pompidou, the exhibition celebrates American and international work from the 1960s to the present, including Diane Arbus, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine and Christopher Wool. Catch the exhibit until March 6, when it hops the pond for display in Paris. – Tony Sargent

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