previews

  • Annie Leibovitz

    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    October 20, 2006–January 21, 2007

    San Diego Museum of Art
    1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
    February 10–April 22, 2007

    Curated by Charlotta Kotik

    Long before American culture attained its present state of celebrity fixation, Annie Leibovitz brilliantly created a new form of star portraiture that helped redefine the genre and influenced all subsequent work in it. Adjusting the then-careful calibration of public and private, Leibovitz shared with a magazine audience the privilege of a witty and breezy intimacy. This exhibition of more than two hundred photographs from 1990 to 2005 includes depictions of the photographer’s extended family and of pop-culture icons, from Nicole Kidman to William S. Burroughs. Proposing an autobiographical field of vision for the normally reticent Leibovitz, the show suggests an emotional depth that usually eludes celebrity culture.

    Travels to the San Diego Museum of Art, Feb. 10–Apr. 22, 2007; and other venues.

  • Morris Louis

    High Museum of Art
    1280 Peachtree Street, NE
    November 4, 2006–January 21, 2007

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla
    700 Prospect Street
    November 4, 2006–January 21, 2007

    Curated by Jeffrey D. Grove

    Is there anything new to discover about Washington Colorist Morris Louis? Having destroyed many of his early efforts preceding the mid-’50s, exhibited his subsequent work to great acclaim, and died young in 1962, Louis left a tightly circumscribed oeuvre unlikely to hold any hidden corners. And the powerful “formalist” discourse of early commentators Clement Greenberg and Michael Fried—substituting for any sustained reflection from the artist’s own pen—shows no sign of being dislodged. The poignant beauty he revealed by exposing color and structure in their naked state will have to be reason enough to revisit Louis through this exhibition’s twenty-eight canvases made between 1951 and 1962. An accompanying catalogue features essays by, among others, Grove and independent curator Klaus Kertess.