As the likes of Cy Twombly and Agnes Martin shuffle out of the Pompidou and Guggenheim, there is new room for a fresh batch of art to look forward to. This year’s spring and summer seasons are ripe with anticipated exhibits. Whether you enjoy pop art, experiential art, or groundbreaking fashion design, the world’s hotspots have something in store for you. If you’re not serendipitously in these cities during the shows, let them be the inspiration behind your next trip.
Flock first to New York as the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright building is transformed into a group of installations by Doug Wheeler. The artist’s exhibition, titled PSAD Synthetic Desert III, 1971 is inspired by his personal experiences in the Arizona Desert. His work will manipulate light, space and sound to eliminate all noise save an ambient lull. Derived from psychological and neurophysiological experiments in sensory deprivation, the installations are sure to have a profound and curious effect on viewers. Visitation is rumored to be limited to small groups to ensure an effective experience, so the wait becomes all the more intriguing. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, March 24 - August, 2017
Next, cross the Atlantic for a trip to Tate Britain for David Hockney’s most comprehensive exhibition yet. It will include everything from his portraits of Los Angeles swimming pools to beloved paintings of Yorkshire landscapes. As he approaches his 80th birthday, his aesthetic and style continues to evolve. This exhibit is sure to showcase his evolution, especially a selection of his most recent paintings which have never before been seen in public. Tate Britain, London, February 9 – May 29, 2017
For just five days this spring, Abraham Poincheval will be at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The performance artist is best known for inhabiting strange, unusual, and impossibly restrictive spaces, such as large bottles and sculptures, and remaining there for incredible lengths of time. This May, he will make an appearance at the Palais de Tokyo to experiment with human nature, immobility, and space once again. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, May 3- May 8, 2017
For those intoxicated by exquisite fashion design, find yourself again in London this summer for V&A’s highly anticipated Balenciaga retrospective Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. The exhibit will reflect on the work and legacy of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s couture portfolio with over 100 garments and hats conceived by the master himself, and his protégées and followers in the same field. The work will be shown with sketches, films and fabric samples detailing the incredible design process of the Spanish couturier. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, May 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018