Stalwarts like the Louvre, Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Orsay will always be on the art bucket list, but the biggest buzz this fall belongs to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris’ exhibition of a great American Pop artist in “Warhol: Unlimited” (Oct. 2 to Feb. 7, 2016). This will mark the first European viewing of Warhol’s Shadows in its entirety—a rarity given its 102silkscreened canvases of 17 different colors.
One of North America’s largest museums (thanks to a 2008 expansion from Toronto-born Frank Gehry), the Art Gallery of Ontario is a must. Get schooled in Canadian art with Métis artist Christi Belcourt’s The Wisdom of the Universe, which was inspired by the province’s endangered animals and plants, and the Group of Seven, a pack of landscape artists who felt that Canada had to find its artistic voice to identify as a nation.
The preeminent Art Institute of Chicago showcases masterpieces like Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884. Another one to watch for is impressionist Edgar Degas’ “Degas: At the Track, On the Stage” (through February), which examines the human form riding horses and practicing ballet.
As the region’s leading art institution, the Seattle Art Museum keeps a robust special exhibits roster. Take “Intimate Impressionism from The National Gallery of Art” (Oct. 1 to Jan. 10, 2016), which will showcase 71 works from Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas and van Gogh. Many depict the artists’ favorite places and people they knew, and some were gifts shared among them. Catch this while you can, since Seattle marks the end of the exhibit’s worldwide tour.
One of the best museums you’ve never heard of is tucked away among 120 acres in the Ozark forest. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art carries five centuries of important American art in eight pavilions. Take in works like Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton and then stroll around three miles of surrounding trails.
The tiny Dan Flavin Art Institute hides in a nondescript former Bridgehampton church, where you can get up close to the artist’s tubular fluorescent installations without crowds. Head over to Water Mill for the Parrish Art Museum, whose 2,600 works span the 19th to the 21st centuries, then to East Hampton for the LongHouse Reserve’s 16-acre sculpture garden and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, the preserved home and studio of husband-wife art duo Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.
This city offers more than 250 art galleries and dealers. But our pick is the excellent Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the largest single repository in the world of her work. She’s known for her close-up flower paintings like Abstraction White Rose and pieces like Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory that show the beauty in New Mexico’s stark landscape.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will reopen in spring 2016 with a new 10-story addition. Expect expansive free-admission areas, a glass-walled gallery that will be visible to passersby, a seventh-floor terrace with city vistas and a third-floor outdoor sculpture terrace with a vertical garden that will be San Francisco’s biggest public living wall of native plants.
Dale Chihuly fans should make the trip to the distinctive stainless-steel dome that houses Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. Don’t miss the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot steel-and-glass pedestrian bridge with installations that leads from the MOG’s rooftop to the downtown museum district.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is an undiscovered arts-and-culture treasure. The center comprises a museum with more than 20,000 works, a theater and an art school. It has unexpected offerings, like yoga classes in a light-filled hall as well as an innovative Tactile Gallery where you’re encouraged to touch the art.
Every art lover ought to make the obligatory pilgrimages to the Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia. But discover lesser-known spots like the Bargello sculpture museum; Palazzo Pitti, which includes the lovely Boboli Gardens; Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which holds overflow art from the Duomo; and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, which has a luxe footwear collection from the Florentine designer.