written by Michael Macko
Here at Astor & Black, we care as much about what you put in your mind as what we put on your back. The summer is not only a great time to hit the beach, but also the museums and galleries. Here are some of our favorites throughout the country.
Whether you live in or will be visiting one of these cities, make sure you check out the following shows:
The Brooklyn Museum
Keith Haring 1978-1982
Through July 8
Don’t let Brooklyn scare you. A trip on the #2/#3 train or a quick taxi ride over the Brooklyn bridge gets you to often-overlooked Brooklyn Museum. This exhibition is small, just a few galleries covering the four most important years of this prince of pop art’s life.
Don’t Miss: The piece of wall that Haring collaborated on with Jean Michel Basquiat. Its quiet simplicity speaks volumes.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
Through September 3
The curators at The Art Institute of Chicago have worked for more than five years to bring together the largest group of Roy Lichtenstein works ever assembled and to show the full range of his artistic process, interests, and ambitions. There are more than 160 drawings, paintings, and sculptures in the exhibition, and it’s a must-see for any Pop Art fan.
Don’t Miss: The “sliders” (viewable on the museum’s website) which allow you to compare sketches to the finished works and give you valuable insight into the artistic process.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Herb Ritts: L.A. STYLE
Through August 26
Herb Ritts was one of the top photographers to emerge out of the 1980s. His ability to create images that bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He also pioneered the direction of the emerging music-video genre that was starting at the time. Ritts’s use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations, such as the desert and the beach, helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers.
Don’t Miss: The audio tour narrated by Richard Gere, who was the photographer’s close friend and who provides an insightful look into his life and work.
Denver Art Museum
Yves Saint Laurent, The Retrospective
Through July 8
If you want to score points with your significant other, whisk them off to Denver for a weekend to see the only U.S. venue for the ultimate retrospective of this designer’s work. First shown in Paris, this must-see exhibition explores Yves Saint Laurent’s 40 years of creativity, from his days at Dior to his final runway collection. Through 200 haute couture outfits, each shipped in its own climate-controlled crate, you will experience the creative development of one of the world’s most iconic designers.
Don’t Miss: The Colors of Yves Saint Lauren, a section with vibrant examples of hundreds of fabric samples where exhibition guests move through the collision of colors YSL famously used in his designs.