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Edouard Manet’s portrait “Berthe Morisot With a Bouquet of Violets.”
Edouard Manet’s portrait “Berthe Morisot With a Bouquet of Violets.”

“Manet: Portraying Life”

Royal Academy of Arts


Through April 14


Édouard Manet (1832 -83) was a pivotal figure in 19th-century painting — and one of the most influential. This much-anticipated Royal Academy exhibition looks at the interaction between Manet’s portraiture and his renderings of contemporary life. More than half of Manet’s output consists of portraits, and this is the first show to emphasize that aspect of his career. The exhibition includes some of Manet’s best-known paintings, such as his portrait of his friend and fellow painter Berthe Morisot and “The Railway,” along with pastels by him and photographs of the period. Burlington House, Piccadilly. 011-44-20-7300-8000,

“Shooting Stars: Publicity Stills From Early Hollywood and Portraits by Andy Warhol”

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Corcoran Gallery of Art

Washington, D.C.

Feb. 9-April 21

Fame is definitely the name of this game. Glamorous portraits of Studio Era stars are juxtaposed with Polaroids, portraits, and other images by Warhol, that greatest of connoisseurs of 20th-century celebrity.  500 17th St. NW, 202-639-1700,

“American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens by Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin”


Cleveland Museum of Art

Through May 12

Two of the country’s foremost contemporary landscape photographers document the consequences of one of the American landscape’s most cataclysmic events.  11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

“Irving Penn: Underfoot”

Art Institute of Chicago

Through May 12


Best known for his work in fashion and portraits, Penn was drawn in later years to photographing street trash with the same cool intensity he brought to supermodels and celebrities. Here are 36 examples.  111 South Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600,

“Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting”

High Museum of Art


Feb. 14-May 12

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were two of the most famous figures in 20th-century Mexican art — and one of the most famous couples in art history. This is the sole US stop for this survey of their works and lives. 1280 Peachtree St., NE, 404-733-4400,

“ ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis”

M.H. de Young Memorial


San Francisco

Through June 2

Vermeer’s celebrated painting is among 35 works from the Dutch Golden Age on temporary loan from the collection of the art museum in The Hague. Also in the show are four paintings by Rembrandt.  50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415-750-3600,

“Art Spiegelman, Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps”

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver, British Columbia

Feb. 16-June 9

This is the first retrospective devoted to the artist best known for his graphic novel “Maus.” The exhibition features preparatory drawings and sketches as well as finished work from throughout Spiegel-man’s career.  750 Hornby St., 604-662-4719,

Stedelijk Museum


Last fall, the leading museum for modern art in the Netherlands opened its new building, and the old building finished a complete renovation. The new structure is eye-catching — though at least some critics have likened its gleaming white design to a giant bathtub. Museumplein 10, 011-31-20-573-2911,

Museum of History and Industry


In December, the museum reopened at its new lakefront facility, the former Naval Reserve Armory. The building boasts some 50,000 square feet of exhibition and program space. 860 Terry Ave. N, 206-324-1126,

US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

National World War II Museum

New Orleans

Last month the museum opened this newest, and now largest, building on its campus. Displays range from World War II-era aircraft hanging from the ceiling of the pavilion’s seven-story atrium to displays on Medal of Honor winners and US presidents who served in the war.  945 Magazine St., 504-528-1944,


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