Summer Arts Recommendations

While the summer is often thought of as an off-season for the art world, there are still plenty of exceptional exhibitions on view this summer around the world. This week we’ve gathered our favorite summer exhibitions for art collectors and connoisseurs to add to their must-see list.

The Art of Tan Ping at the Rothko Museum, Latvia

A visit to the Rothko Museum should be on every art collector’s bucket list. This special museum, built in the birth city of Mark Rothko, hosts permanent exhibitions of Rothko’s work, as well as exceptional temporary programming. The Tan Ping exhibition will be on view through the end of August; the show features work from the entirety of the artist’s varied oeuvre, including woodcuts, paintings, large and small-scale works, and more.

Michelangelo: The Last Decades at The British Museum, London

The last thirty years of Michelangelo’s life (he lived until 89, a remarkable feat in the 16th century) were marked by an incredible energy and productivity. This exhibition highlights his work during that time, and explores the effect his various collaborations, commissions, friendships, and personal struggles had on the evolution of the work. The show will be on view through July 28.

Travelling through Fables at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

This exhibition takes viewers through the history of fables, from their origination in India and Greece to Kalīla wa Dimna to 17th century La Fontaine. The show has over 133 works, including stunning Arabic, Persian, and Turkish manuscripts. The exhibition will be on view through July 21.

The Venice Biennale

This year marks the 60th iteration of the prestigious Venice Biennale. This year is curated by Adriano Pedrosa, the first Latin American to curate the international exhibition. Read the curator’s statement on this year’s presentation here. The biennale is open through November 24. While in town this summer, be sure to visit the city’s other art institutions, many of which are hosting special exhibitions in conjunction with the biennale. We recommend Willem De Kooning E L’italia at the Accademia (through September 15) and Osman Yousefzada, presented by Fondazione Berengo in partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum at Palazzo Franchetti.

The Whitney Biennial, New York City

The 81st edition of the Whitney Biennial runs through August 11. This year’s exhibition features 71 artists, each exploring issues related to today’s society, including the effect of AI on the art world, race and gender issues, politics, and more.

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys at The Brooklyn Museum

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to visit the Brooklyn Museum before July 7. This incredible exhibition – the largest to date of the Dean Collection – features work by Gordon Parks, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lorna Simpson, Kehinde Wiley, Nina Chanel Abney, and more.

Adrianne Lobel, Shirin Mirjamali & nikki terry, Anita Rogers Gallery, New York City

Anita Rogers Gallery’s Summer Group Exhibition highlights the works of three contemporary female artists. Lobel, a former set designer who worked on Broadway productions and with The Metropolitan Opera for years, presents abstracted landscapes and cityscapes, both as paintings and tapestries. Mirjamali is a young painter living in  Tehran, Iran exhibiting works on paper grappling with the human body, struggle, pain, and beauty. terry presents bold oil on paper paintings on which she states: “my paintings honor the struggles of Black women healing from the denial of suffrage that benefited other people and not ourselves.”


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