Art Exhibitions to See in August

Summer is a great time to shake up your art senses, go outside and absorb some cultural stimulation. In addition to many interesting exhibitions, the hot season creates a great opportunity to view large scale outdoor works.

Here are 10 must-see exhibitions to visit in August in New York:

1. We the People – Danh Vo – Brooklyn Bridge Park

Vo is an internationally acclaimed young rising star, born in Thailand and raised in Denmark, Who Currently lives in Berlin. His conceptual art is influenced by performance art. His installation “We the People” will be laid out in Brooklyn Bridge Park, featuring a real scale replica of the statue of liberty, made from the original materials.  The sculpture is not assembled, but fragmentarily scattered across the park, giving the viewers a chance to observe the replicas parts up close, and reflect upon the meaning of liberty in a more intimate, human like scale.

Through Dec 5 2014


Jeff Koons, Tulips, 1995–98. Oil on canvas; 111 3⁄8 × 131 in. (282.9 × 332.7cm). Private collection. © Jeff Koons credit: Whitney Museum

2. Jeff Koons – Retrospective – Whitney Museum of American Art

More than 120 works, arranged in a chronological narrative, provides large scale retrospectives of the bigger than life works of Jeff Koons. Acclaimed as one of the most famous, influential and controversial artists in the post WW2 era.

Through Oct 19 2014

3. Garry Winogrand – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the most important photographers of the 20th century, and a cultural milestone in American photography that can be compared to Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander. This Exhibition features 175 photos that were picked from over 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film left by Winogrand after his death in 1984, and showcases his documentation of life in the United States during the booming era of post WW2 days.

Trough Sep 21 2014


El Morocco, New York, Garry Winogrand © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4. Sam Falls – Light Over Time – MetroTech Commons

This exhibition allows the viewers to behave as participants, and make contact with some of the objects displayed in a familiar and useable manner. His colorful and vibrant works tempt the viewers to explore them, and the effects of the natural environment and time on the material of the works.

Though: May 29 2015


credit: Sam Falls

5. Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection – the Morgan Library & Museum

This one is for the book lovers. This exhibition brings a rare selection of nearly 100 first additions, manuscripts, revised proofs, letters and book jackets of some of the masterpieces of the 20th century literature. Including The Great Gatsby, Catch-22, Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, The Bell Jar, and many more, taken from the largest collection of modern American literature in private hands, the Carter Burden Collection.

Trough: Sep 7 2014

6. Swoon – Submerged Motherlands – Brooklyn Museum

Swoon is well known for her intricate cutouts wheat pasted to industrial buildings all over Brooklyn and Manhattan, featuring vivid portraits of everyday man, woman and children. In this exhibition she takes over a larger scale work, and her signature drawings are combined with a large site-specific installation.

Trough: Aug 24 2014


Swoon credit: Brooklyn Museum

7. Exposed: a history of lingerie – The Museum at FIT

For fashion lovers, this one is a real treat. You can explore the evolution of corsets, night gowns and bras throughout the 18th century to present days, and get a glimpse of the mysterious world of femininity, fashion, and fashion history from back then to today.

Through: Nov 15 2014

8. Lygia Clark: the abandonment of art, 1948-1988 – MoMA

Clark is a Brazilian artist best known for her key part in the Neo-Concretist Movement in Brazil, and encouraged the active participation of viewers in her work. This is the first full scale exhibition of her work in North-America, that stances her as a world-wide acknowledged figure.

Through: Aug 24 2014


Madeline at the Paris Flower Market. TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC. credit: n-yhs Museum & Library

9. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans – New York historical Society Museum & Library

The beloved character Madeline the French schoolgirl is now celebrating her 75th anniversary with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks by her creator Ludwig Bemelmans. The show will include, in addition to drawings from the Madeline books, drawings of the old Ritz Hotel, murals and panels made by Bemelmans.

Through: Oct 19 2014

10. James Lee Byars: ½ an Autobiography – MoMA PS1

This mythic performance artist, that made his life into an ongoing show and quest, is represented by the largest exhibition yet of his work since his death in Cairo in 1997. His Zen like works are intriguing, and include a massive range of materials and work methods: sculptures, fabric costumes, ink sketches, film, correspondence, ephemera and live performances.

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