• Willem de Kooning, Gotham News, 1955, oil on canvas, 69 x 79".

    “Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976”

    Albright-Knox Art Gallery
    1285 Elmwood Avenue
    February 13–May 31, 2009

    The Jewish Museum
    1109 Fifth Avenue
    May 4–September 21, 2008

    Saint Louis Art Museum
    One Fine Arts Drive Forest Park
    October 19, 2008–January 11, 2009

    Curated by Norman L. 158eeblatt

    Although Abstract Expressionism is hardly undertheorized, this exhibition nevertheless promises a fresh take on those fabled denizens of Tenth Street. Featuring fifty seminal works by thirty-one stalwarts, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Lee Bontecou, the show contextualizes postwar cultural production between the Holocaust and the blithe likes of Levittown. By placing unprecedented emphasis on contemporaneous academic criticism and the mass media, this show—organized in collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and with a catalogue featuring contributions by curator Norman L. Kleeblatt, Mark Godfrey, Caroline A. Jones, and others—claims the persistent centrality of social history.

  • Chantal Akerman, From the East, 1993, still from a color film in 35 mm, 107 minutes.

    Chantal Akerman

    MIT List Visual Arts Center
    20 Ames Street E15
    May 2–July 6, 2008

    Miami Art Museum
    101 West Flagler Street
    October 10, 2008–January 25, 2009

    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
    3750 Washington Blvd.
    May 8–August 2, 2009

    Curated by Terrie Sultan

    While her fiction films have become steadily more conventional since the 1980s, Chantal Akerman has continued to employ the minimalist style she developed in her outstanding work of the '60s and '70s in a series of formally rigorous documentaries, beginning with From the East (1993). The film is also the basis of a video installation, From the East: Bordering on Fiction, 1995, which demonstrates that Akerman's unique spatiotemporal sensibility translates well to the gallery. This exhibition, which debuted at Houston's Blaffer Gallery in January, presents a welcome opportunity to see this brilliant installation along with Akerman's three subsequent documentaries and Women of Antwerp in November, 2007. The catalogue contains an essay on each exhibited work. Travels to the Miami Art Museum, Oct. 10, 2008–Jan. 25, 2009; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 8–Aug. 2, 2009.