Last Chance: NYC Exhibitions to See in January

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As 2018 draws to a close, it is tempting to dwell on what 2019 might hold. Despite this, there are still many sensational shows on view in NYC, some of which end in the first weeks of 2019. To learn more, preview our above selection.

Last Chance: NYC Exhibitions to See in January

  • The MoMA's exhibition Charles White - A Retrospective showcases the work of Charles White, a 20th Century African-American artist. It is the first major museum survey of White's work in over 30 years. Despite not achieving world renown during his lifetime, White's works have been very influential; during his years as a teacher, White attracted many artists who are now widely admired, including Kerry James Marshall and David Hammons. The exhibition surveys White's entire career from the 1930s up to his death in 1979 with over 100 pieces on display.

    Closing January 13, 2019

    Charles White. Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man), 1973. Oil wash on board. 60 × 43 7/8″. © 1973 The Charles White Archives. Photo Credit: Jonathan Muzikar, The Museum of Modern Art Imaging Services.
  • The Frick Collection's exhibition The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos reunites for the second time in their history two works commissioned by the same Carthusian monk, Jan Vos, in the 1440s. The Frick owns one of the works: Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos, by Jan van Eyck and his workshop. The other work is the The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos by Petrus Christus, lent to the Frick by the Gemäldegalerie , Berlin.

    Closing January 13, 2019

    Jan van Eyck and Workshop, The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos, ca. 1441–43. Oil on panel. 18 5/8 × 24 1/8 in. The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Michael Bodycomb.
  • Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura is the first institutional solo exhibition of the artist in New York. The Japan Society describes the exhibition as surveying "Morimura's 30-year-long project of excavating 'the self' from layers of art history, Japanese postwar history, and personal history." It will include photographs, a performance by the artist and a premiere of Morimura's first feature-length video work Egó Sympósion (2016) and his latest cinematic installation Egó Obscura (2018).

    Closing January 13, 2019

    Yasumasa Morimura, Une moderne Olympia, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and ShugoArts, Tokyo. © Yasumasa Morimura.
  • Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to the artist, who was an important figure of 18th century decorative arts . The show presents over 50 objects designed by the artist, as well as drawings from throughout his career. The book that accompanies the exhibition is the first substantial monograph on Valadier. This unprecedented opportunity to explore the art and life of Luigi Valadier at the Frick is currently on view through January 20.

    Closing January 20, 2019

    Luigi Valadier, Herm of Bacchus, 1773. Bronze. H. 68 7⁄8 in. Photo: Mauro Magliani.
  • Franz Marc and August Macke: 1909-1914 presents art by both artists and explores their friendship, which lasted until Macke's death in 1914. The exhibition features around 70 paintings and works on paper by Marc and Macke. Together, they helped to create the movement known as German Expressionism that appeared in the early 20th century. View both artists' innovative work side-by-side at the Neue Galerie until January 21st.

    Closing January 21, 2019

    Franz Marc, The First Animals, 1913. Gouache and pencil on paper. Private Collection.
  • The New Museum's Sarah Lucas retrospective is the first American survey of the artist's work. It occupies three floors of the museum and displays over 150 works of photography, sculpture and installations from Lucas' three decade career. Of Lucas' thematic preoccupations, the New Museum states that her work "subverts traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and identity." Explore Lucas' urgent, relevant work at the New Museum until January 20.

    Closing January 20, 2019

    Other New Museum exhibitions also ending January: Motha and Chris E. Vargas - Jan 6, Aslı Çavuşoğlu - Jan 13.

    Sarah Lucas, Self-Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996. C-print, 59 1/2 x 40 1/2 in. Courtesy the artist; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.
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