previews

  • Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and his New York Galleries

    National Gallery of Art
    Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
    January 28–April 22

    Picabia called Alfred Stieglitz “the man best informed in this whole revolution in the arts,” and the founder of the Photo-Secession often supplied the historical staging grounds for that sweeping turnover. Beginning with “291” in 1908 and continuing at the Intimate Gallery and An American Place, Stieglitz gave the avant-garde a New York home mounting Picasso’s first US exhibition and early shows of Matisse, Brancusi, and Cézanne, as well as Americans Arthur Dove, Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe. With almost 200 works by these and others, the National Gallery places Stieglitz at the vital center of the art he championed—the gallerist as visionary. Jan. 28-Apr. 22.

    —Vine Aletti

  • William Kentridge

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
    Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW
    February 28–May 13

    William Kentridge gets the full treatment with a touring survey show (organized by Dan Cameron, Staci Boris, and Neal Benezra), featuring eleven animated films created since the late ’80s. Bristling with reference to the social circumstance of his South African homeland, Kentridge sketches up his satirical narratives by compulsively redrafting his drawings, more than sixty of which will accompany the exhibition. At the Hirshhorn, each film will be given its own viewing space—a must for cutting an interpretive swath through the prickly thicket of Kentridge’s content-laden parables. Feb. 28-May 13; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, June 3-Sept.16; MCA Chicago, Oct. 13, 2001-Jan. 6, 2002; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Mar.-May, 2002; LACMA, July 21-Oct. 6, 2002.

    Jeff Gibson