Three Once-in-a-Lifetime Summer Shows in DC


Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from June 30 through September 23. The only east coast venue, this exhibition brings together 80 works from the artist’s most celebrated period. (Image: A view of “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series,” at the Orange County Museum of Art. Photo: Colin Young-Wolff)


George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art from June 10 through October 8. The first major retrospective of this quintessential modern artist in three decades. Art, politics, and urban grit combine to make quite a compelling show. (Image: George Bellows, Both Members of This Club, 1909, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection)


Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme at the Phillips Collection from June 2 through September 9. Experience the American modernist’s innovative approach to printmaking 1960-2011. (Image: Jasper Johns, Savarin, 1977. John and Maxine Belger Foundation © Jasper Johns and ULAE / Licensed by VAGA, New York)

Opening Today: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Opening today at The Met, is a landmark exhibition tracing the collecting habits of Gertrude Stein and her brothers. In early 20th-century Paris, they were among the first to recognize the talents of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gertrude in particular, was thought of as the epicenter of the arts of her day. She held regular Salons at her home in Paris in which artists shared their work with peers and received her criticism. She was a king maker for artists you know today — Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Renoir, and many others.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 28 – June 3, 2012