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Spring Arts Preview

Spring Arts Preview

Top 10 Museum Shows for Spring 2012

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion

May 10–August 19

From the people who brought you Alexander McQueen’s dark, twisted vision and the lines out the door that went with it comes an ambitious project involving two of the 20th century’s greatest designers. Apparently inspired by the “Impossible Read More

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Top 10 Gallery Shows for Spring 2012

'Untitled (Fold)' (2011) by Tauba Auerbach. (Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York)

Tauba Auerbach at Paula Cooper
Opens May 5
This is unquestionably the season’s most anticipated show by a young artist. After trompe/Op painter Tauba Auerbach’s dealer, Jeffrey Deitch, left town to head L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art two years ago, while her work was on view at the last edition of the Whitney Biennial, she was courted by numerous high-profile dealers but settled on Paula Cooper. She has been weaving to make paintings recently, and focusing increasingly on color, but details remain scarce on her latest developments. “I paint and paint and then destroy nine out of ten paintings,” she recently told an interviewer when asked about her projects. “My standards are increasingly hard to meet.” Read More

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The Art of Noise: Kraftwerk Comes to MoMA

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MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach has seen the German electronic music group Kraftwerk play live many times, but when asked to name his favorite performance he didn’t hesitate. “In the [2009] Manchester International Festival, they played Tour de France in the velodrome,” he said, referring to the band’s most recent album, its eighth, released in 2003. The crowd watched the performance through 3D glasses as the national cycling team of Britain raced around the stadium. “They were so fast,” he recalled. “I think this was just the most delirious performance.”

This spring, Mr. Biesenbach, who also serves as chief curator-at-large at MoMA, will bring that delirium to the museum. For eight straight nights, April 10-17, its soaring atrium will play host to concerts by the famously reclusive group in what the museum is terming a “time-based retrospective,” titled Kraftwerk–Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.  Each night the quartet will perform one of its albums, moving in chronological order from the laid-back jams of Autobahn (1974) to the taut, precise Tour de France, accompanied by elaborate sets and visuals designed by the group.

To say the event proved popular would be a gross understatement. Read More