Guggenheim Museum

Not a typical art exhibition.

Visit the Guggenheim this Fall for premier exhibits and new installations.

Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe is the first comprehensive exhibition in the U.S. devoted to the early-20th-century art movement. It’s a blast!

Christopher Wool, "Trouble"

After the summer madness of its transforming (and transformative) James Turrell exhibition, the Guggenheim Museum has pretty much returned to normal.

WARNING: Do not trust your eyes.

The standard rules of visual perception do not apply at James Turrell’s Iltar, an otherworldly component of the minimalist master’s eponymous exhibit that has taken over the winding walls of the Guggenheim. Sure, there has been a lot of buzz about Aten Reign, his colorful light installation that transformed Frank Lloyd Wright’s fabled atrium into an elite, space-age rainbow room, but a wholly different, and seemingly underrated, kind of transcendent experience awaits visitors a few flights up.

Audacious. Spellbinding. Playful. Breathtakingly beautiful. James Turrell at the Guggenheim is “the” art show of the New York summer. It fills the museum’s rotunda (and several antechambers) with light and color as never before. The exhibition’s centerpiece is “Aten Reign,” Turrell’s monumental site-specific installation. Suspended from the rotunda’s ceiling and filling the entire central void, “Aten Reign” consists of a multipart aluminum frame over which thin white fabric has been stretched. Five interlocking elliptical rings (or cones) mimic the five rings (bands) of the rotunda.

Call it serendipity: Two West Coast artists, Ken Price and Llyn Foulkes, receive their first solo New York museum retrospectives this month. Both have flown under the New York radar. Until now. They couldn’t be more different. Price brings a smile to the face; Foulkes whacks you in the solar plexus.

You get to a certain age, and you think you’ve seen it all. What more can there be to discover? Answer: Lots. Until yesterday, I had never heard of, much less knowingly seen a work by Indian-born American artist Zarina Hashmi (b. 1937). All that changed at Zarina: Paper Like Skin, the thrilling—there is no other word—retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, thru April 21, 2013.

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