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10 Must-See Fall Art Shows from Cities Around the World

Museums and galleries in cultural capitals around the world are just starting to roll out an exciting new line-up of fall exhibitions to entice their viewers. From Willem de Kooning’s sensual abstractions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Diane Arbus’ iconic photographs of nudists and transvestites at the Jeu de Paume in Paris to Pipilotti Rist’s colorful video installations at London’s Hayward Gallery and KAWS’ playful interpretations of cartoon characters at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles, the new art season is a major moment of renewal for artists, both old and new. Click through our top ten show picks worldwide and let us know what you would add to the list.

de Kooning: A Retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, September 18, 2011 – January 9, 2012


Willem de Kooning, Woman, I, 1950-52, Oil, enamel and charcoal on canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

MoMA kicks off the fall season with a blockbuster exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by celebrated abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning. Spanning seven decades, the show occupies the museum’s whole sixth floor and features nearly 200 works—ranging from 1920s’ academics works, made in Holland prior to his move to America, to the artist’s sublime, sparse canvases of the late 1980s.