Art Exhibitions 2023

Photograph: Dillon Marsh, courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA.

We bring to your attention a summary of museum shows that you will definitely want to follow in the coming months.

 ‘When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting’ at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town

November 20 2022 to September 3 2023, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

With a collection of 200 paintings that span everything from spirituality and emancipation to sensuality and everyday life, this exhibition is stunning and utterly dazzling. The exhibition is about painting. It shows artists from Africa and its diaspora represented, positioned, memorialized, and asserted the African experience and the experience of African origin.

This art display, designed by Wolff Architects, features more than 200 works of art from 74 institutional and private lenders located in 26 countries. The exhibition includes works by artists such as:

  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby;
  •  Zandile Tshabalala;
  •  Jacob Lawrence;
  •  Chéri Samba;
  •  Danielle McKinney;
  •  Archibald Motley;
  •  Ben Enwonwu;
  •  Kingsley Sambo;
  •  Sungi Mlengeya;
  •  Lynette Yiadom-Boakye;
  •  Cyprien Tokoudagba;
  •  Amy Sherald;
  •  Mmapula Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi ;
  •  Joy Labinjo.

Marc Chagall and Paul Klee at Atelier des Lumières, Paris

17 February 2023 to January 2024, Atelier des Lumières

Cutback / CulturespacesAtelier des Lumières dans le 11e arrondissement de Paris

Atelier des Lumières in Paris, two masters of the 20th century, Marc Chagall and Paul Klee, will receive an immersive treatment. Chagall’s show aims to follow in the artist’s footsteps and transport visitors from Paris to New York to the sounds of jazz, klezmer and orchestral music, while Klee’s contemporary art exhibition explores his relationship to music. Both are far from the usual immersive art fodder.

“Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” at MoMA, New York

April 9–August 12, 2023

Photograph: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Straus Fund, 1958. © 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The modernist artist is mostly known for her pastoral paintings of desert flowers and cow skulls, but a new contemporary art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art focuses on her abstract works on paper, rendered in muted watercolors. Viewed as a series, the works emphasize the artist’s compositional sensitivity and penchant for natural forms.

“Josh Kline: Project for a New American Century” at the Whitney Museum of American Art

April 19–August 2023

Josh Kline, Adaptation (2019–22), film still. Courtesy of LAXART

Few artists have dealt with the anxieties of the past decade with as insight and humor as Josh Kline. During his relatively short career as an artist, he imagined traveling through a flooded New York; dressed up the Teletubbies in protective gear; and used deepfake video technology to depict Bush, Cheney, and other leaders of the War on Terror era begging for forgiveness. Many of these works, as well as several new ones, are included in the Project for a New American Century, Kline’s first museum study in the United States.

“Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody,” at The Broad, Los Angeles

May 27–October 8, 2023

Keith Haring photographed with one of his paintings in April 1984. Photo: Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

It’s hard to believe but Keith Haring never had a museum exhibition in Los Angeles. The Broad is fixing that with this contemporary art exhibition, spanning almost the entire career of the street artist, from his studies at the New York School of Visual Arts to 1988, two years before Haring’s death from AIDS at the age of 31. Inspired in large part by Haring’s personal journals, the show will highlight his engagement with pressing social issues, such as nuclear disarmament, Apartheid, and the AIDS crisis.


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