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‘Becoming Picasso’ in London and more

From the exhibit “Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901,” in London, a detail of his self portrait “Yo, Picasso.”
From the exhibit “Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901,” in London, a detail of his self portrait “Yo, Picasso.”

“Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901”

Courtauld Gallery


Through May 26


Pablo Picasso wasn’t always “Picasso” the great artist and innovator. This small but choice Courtauld Gallery exhibition examines a pivotal point in his career, a year when the work of this 19-year-old Spaniard announced to the art world that a major new talent had emerged. The show includes such famous works from Picasso’s Blue Period as “Child With a Dove,” “Seated Harlequin,” “Harlequin With Companion,” and the self-portrait “Yo, Picasso.”  Somerset House, the Strand, 011-44-20-7872-0220,

“Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video”

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Portland Art Museum

Portland, Ore.

Through May 19

For more than 30 years, Weems has used her camera to offer provocative interpretations of class, race, and gender in this society. This ambitious retrospective includes more than 200 items: audio recordings, written texts, textiles, still and moving images. 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-226-2811,

“Chagall: Beyond Color”


Dallas Museum of Art


Through May 26

One of the things that has made Marc Chagall’s work so beloved is how he used color. That is the subject of this show. Among the 140 objects in it are sculptures, ceramics, costumes, and drawings and paintings. 1717 North Harwood, 214-922-1200,

“Brueghel: Paintings
by Jan Brueghel the Elder”

Alte Pinakothek



Through June 16

Brueghel (1568-1625) was a bridge between late Renaissance and early Baroque in Flanders. This comprehensive look at his career brings together the Pinakothek’s very considerable holdings (nearly 50 paintings) with works on loan from museums throughout Europe. Barer Straße 27, 011-49-89.23805-216,

“Philip Pearlstein’s People, Places, Things”

Museum of Fine Arts

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Through June 16

Is Pearlstein America’s greatest living realist painter? A case is made by this show, the most extensive overview yet organized of his work. It includes some five dozen paintings, drawings, and prints. 255 Beach Drive NE, 727-896-2667,

“Harry Callahan: A Retrospective”

International House of Photography


Through June 16

Callahan (1912-99) was one of the most accomplished American photographers of the last century. In belated observance of his centenary, this retrospective offers some 200 images, covering the full range of his career. Deichtorstraße 1-2, 011-49-40-32103-0,

“1913: The Year of Modernism”

Princeton University
Art Museum

Princeton, N.J.

Through June 23

If 1901 was pivotal for Picasso, 1913 was no less pivotal for Western culture as a whole. The museum and library draw on their collections to celebrate this turning point with a display of prints, drawings, photographs, rare books, and vintage periodicals. McCormick Hall, 609-258-3788, www.princeton

“De l’Allemagne: German Thought and Painting, From Friedrich to Beckmann, 1800-1939”

Louvre Museum


Through June 24

This ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition attempts to place nearly a century and a half’s worth of German art within a larger context of German culture. It presents more than 200 works, by artists including Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Klee, Philipp Otto Runge, Otto Dix, and Max Beckmann. 011-33-1-40-20-53-17, 99 Rue de Rivoli,


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