Continues thru Sept 23:
Edouard Vuillard: “A Painter and His Muses” 1890-1940
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., NYC (@ 92nd St.)
Admission $7.50+, Saturdays Free, Closed Wednesdays
Featuring some fifty key artworks in various media, this exhibition offers a fresh view of the French artist Edouard Vuillard’s career, from the vanguard 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits. The presentation focuses on the inspiration provided by friends and patrons whose support became inseparable from the artist’s achievement.
Freight+Volume, 530 W24th St., NYC
In an age of sound bites sandwiched by social media excess and information overload, Nicole Wittenberg’s paintings are a refreshing antidote. Distilled down to their essentials, Wittenberg’s work - whether her “Skype” portraits, her architectural interiors, or her landscapes – offers up a complicated contemporary universe reduced to a skeletal framework. Its elegant brevity is not dissimilar to symphonic variations on a theme: one frame, presented in a multitude of ways, a sure and pared-down message conveyed as directly and with as much brevity as possible. - June 30