The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, presents “Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929” through September 4. In January 1929, American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) visited New York after eight years in Europe. Upon arrival, she found rich possibilities for photography in the transformed New York City. With a handheld camera, Abbott traversed the city, photographing skyscrapers, bridges, elevated railroads, and people on the street, and organized them into an album.
Abbott, who had previously made portraits in Paris, turned to urban documentation afterward. The exhibition presents a selection from New York album, shedding new light on Abbott’s creativity, who is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century.
The exhibition also includes a selection from Abbott’s 1930s project ‘Changing New York (1935-1939),’ as well as works by Eugène Atget (French, 1857-1927), who was a major influence on Abbott, and photographs of New York by Abbott’s contemporaries, including Walker Evans (1903-1975), Paul Grotz (1902-1990), and Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971).
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFABoston) presents “Matthew Wong: The Realm of Appearances” through February 2024. Born in Canada to second-generation Hong Kong immigrants, Matthew Wong (1984-2019) was trained in photography but turned to painting as a self-taught artist. He quickly gained critical and public acclaim during his brief six-year career from 2013 until his early death in 2019. This exhibition marks the museum presentation of Wong.
Wong learned to paint through social media interactions with unknown artists. Fauvists and 17th-century Qing ink paintings were other inspirations. In his early years, Wong created ink-splattered drawings on paper. Later, he became widely known for his landscape paintings characterized by vibrant colors and emotionally charged expressions.
The exhibition brings together his earliest and later works, suggesting that Wong’s constant pursuit was humanity’s relationship to the world beyond the physical realm.
Gagosian Beverly Hills presents “Honor Titus: Advantage In” through September 1. Honor Titus (b. 1989) is a vocalist of an American rock band and a poet. He started painting without formal training but quickly gained attention in the Los Angeles art scene with his first solo exhibition in 2019. The show is his first exhibition with Gagosian Gallery.
Titus draws on architectural, cinematic, musical, sporting, and literary sources. He paints people in the city, exploring the rituals and social codes of the elite, and concepts of class, belonging, and inheritance. Visually, the juxtaposition of flat color planes and decorative patterns is distinctive.
In this exhibition, Titus captures the social traditions associated with tennis and highlights the importance of depicting people of color in a context of leisure and luxury.