From Degas to De Kooning, an eclectic gallery tour

EARLE I. MACK COLLECTION Edgar Degas’s “Dancing Ballerinas’’ is part of the “Degas and the Ballet’’ exhibit in London.
Edgar Degas’s “Dancing Ballerinas’’ is part of the “Degas and the Ballet’’ exhibit in London. (Earle I. Mack Collection)
By Mark Feeney
Globe Staff / September 4, 2011

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SEPT. 17-DEC. 11


“Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement’’: Edgar Degas (1834-1917) had two great passions besides making art. Horse racing and ballet figure prominently in his work and both, of course, are predicated on grace and motion. The challenge of capturing grace and motion - of capturing grace in motion - is examined in this Royal Academy of Arts exhibition. It features 85 paintings, sculptures, pastels, drawings, prints, and photographs by Degas, along with photographs and films by such contemporaries of Degas as Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne-Jules Marey, and the Lumiere brothers. Burlington House, Piccadilly, 011-44-020-7300-8000,

SEPT. 16-JAN. 8


“Eyes on Paris: In Photobooks from 1890 to the Present’’: The City of Light has been a magnet for photographers since the medium’s invention. This exhibition at Deichtorhallen Hamburg’s House of Photography includes more than 400 items - ranging from individual prints to photographic portfolios to photo books - from more than 50 photographers, among them Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Brassai, and William Klein. Deichtorstrasse 1-2, 011-49-40-32103-1,

SEPT. 18-JAN. 9


“De Kooning: A Retrospective’’: This much-anticipated retrospective of the career of the Abstract Expressionist master is massive. How massive? The Museum of Modern Art will be devoting its entire sixth-floor gallery space to the show’s nearly 200 works. Those works include not just paintings but also prints, drawings, and sculptures. 11 West 53d St., 212-708-9400,

OCT. 1-FEB. 5


“Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in LA Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970’’ and “Greetings from LA: Artists and Publics, 1950-1980’’: The City of the Angels is rarely thought of as the City of the Artists, but these two shows - “Pacific Standard Time’’ is at the Getty Museum, “Greetings from LA’’ at the adjoining Getty Research Institute - offer a reminder of how rich, fertile, and varied the Los Angeles art scene was in the decades following World War II. 200 Getty Center Drive, 310-440-7300,

OCT. 5-JAN 15


“Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and Silence’’: This Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition is built around Vermeer’s famous painting “The Lacemaker,’’ on loan from the Louvre. It includes several other Vermeers and another 30 paintings by other 17th-century Dutch artists. Trumpington Street, 011-44-1223-332900,

OCT. 14-JAN. 8


“Snapshot: Painter/Photographers from Bonnard to Vuillard’’: The arrival of simple-to-use, hand-held cameras at the end of the 19th century made it possible for anyone to take pictures - painters included. This Van Gogh Museum show, consisting of 220 photographs, as well as 70 paintings, drawings, and prints, looks at the impact of amateur photography on seven painters from that era. Among them are Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and Felix Valloton. Paulus Potterstraat 7, 011-31-20-570-5200,


NOV. 18-FEB. 26


“Capturing the Model: 300 Rodin Drawings, 1890-1917’’: Auguste Rodin, great sculptor, was also Auguste Rodin, great (and obsessive) sketcher. He drew daily during the final 27 years of his life (1840-1917). This exhibition at Paris’s Rodin Museum presents a little less than 5 percent of the 7,000 drawings he executed during that time. 79 rue de Varenne, 011-33-1-44-18-61-10,


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