• Office in a Small City, oil on canvas, 1953.

    Office in a Small City, oil on canvas, 1953.

    Edward Hopper

    Museum Ludwig
    October 9, 2004–January 9, 2005

    Tate Modern
    May 27–September 5, 2004

    Curated by Sheena Wagstaff

    British audiences haven’t seen much Edward Hopper since the Whitney’s 1980 retrospective traveled to London’s Hayward Gallery, so this show is the first to test the American artist’s dour probity against the freewheeling post-YBA climate. Tate Modern curator Sheena Wagstaff aims to present a straightforward look at Hopper’s achievement: roughly eighty oils, watercolors, prints, and preparatory drawings, from his early plein air sketches of Paris to the increasingly frugal mindscapes of his last years. Running concurrently with a survey of Hopper fan Luc Tuymans, the show features a film program selected by Todd Haynes and a catalogue with essays by Wagstaff, Brian O’Doherty, and others.

    Travels to the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Oct. 9–Jan. 9, 2005.

  • Self-Portrait, 1986.

    Self-Portrait, 1986.

    Robert Crumb

    Museum Ludwig
    May 28–September 12, 2004

    September 17–December 5

    Curated by Alfred M. Fischer

    Robert Crumb turned sixty last year, finally getting up around the age of his magus/opportunist Mr. Natural. Crumb’s acuteness to ’60s counterculture made his name, but, deprived of his primal scene, he hasn’t exactly settled into placid old age: Still cartooning when he chooses, he also draws reflexively—he is an artist, after all. Sampling the drawings more than the comics, this show examines Crumb’s forty-year career through roughly 250 works. The exhibition’s appearance in Cologne may disappoint Americans but should not surprise them, given Germany’s longstanding fascination with American culture, as well as the conservatism of many US museums; but Crumb’s fondness for northern European masters like Bosch and Brueghel is another excuse.

    Travels to the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Sept. 17–Dec. 5.