A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.
Tomas Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City The Metropolitan Museum of
Art. Through Nov. 4.
Mr. Saraceno (born 1973) is the 15th artist to be given free rein
to occupy the museum's roof garden. At the 2009 Venice Biennale, the
Argentine artist's galaxies made of elastic ropes reflected his
fascination with complex geometry and interconnectivity. These are
at play again in his constellation of 16 modules in steel and
plexiglass which the happy few can climb and walk through, weather
permitting. Whatever Mr. Saraceno's architectural, technical or
aesthetic achievement, the view on Central Park and New York City
cannot be beat. www.metmuseum.org
Ilya Repin: Master Works From the State Tretyakov Gallery
Bunkamura Museum. Through Oct. 8.
The Russian artist's most famous work, "Barge haulers on the
Volga" (Russian Museum, St. Petersburg) is not in the show.
Nevertheless, the Tretyakov's collection, the largest gathering of
Repins, aptly illustrates how Repin (1844-1930) acquired his
reputation. A realist painter, he exposed social disparities,
stimulated Russian spirit with historical paintings, painted
flattering portraits of cultural celebrities and depicted stirring
family scenes. About 80 paintings and drawings are in the show.
Below, a portrait of Repin's wife, "A Rest, 1882."
Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism Legion of Honor.
Through Oct. 14.
They were briefly lovers in the early 1930s, and their affair
shaped their artistic collaboration. The interaction between Man Ray
(1890-1976) and Lee Miller (1907-77) is illustrated by about 115
photographs, paintings, drawings and objects. The two Surrealist
artists inspired each other, and collaborated on various projects,
including the solarization process -- a thin black contour around
the subject they photographed -- that they had chanced upon. Their
works are complemented by paintings by their Paris friends Picasso,
Ernst and Dora Maar, among others. http://
Frank Stella: Del Rigor al Barroquismo Institut Valencia d'Art
Modern. Through Oct. 14.
Mr. Stella's versatility and inventiveness -- and the influence
of Malevich and Mondrian -- lured him away from Abstract
Expressionism. The show's itinerary includes his geometric
compositions, his oddly shaped canvases, the painterly reliefs that
the artist insisted hang on walls like canvases, and his more recent
monumental steel sculptures. About 36 works figure in the show.
Dali: Mind of a Genius. National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
Through Sept. 30.
The well-traveled private collection of more than 100 works
assembled over the past 40 years takes the viewer into Dali's realm
of dreams, subconscious metaphors and symbols. …