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From ’80s style to ancient Greece

London 1980s fashions: Vivienne Westwood’s customized Levi Strauss jacket and a Katherine Hamnett silk T-shirt.
Victoria and Albert Museum
London 1980s fashions: a Katherine Hamnett silk T-shirt.

Victoria and Albert Museum
London 1980s fashions: Vivienne Westwood’s customized Levi Strauss jacket.

“Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s”

Victoria and Albert Museum


Through Feb. 16


Even as Margaret Thatcher tightened the screws politically, British designers burst forth with a new couture and cultural freedom. For the first time, London began to assert itself as a rival to Paris and Milan as a European capital of fashion, drawing much of its inspiration from the music scene. More than 85 outfits are on display, in such styles as New Romantic and High Camp. Among the then-young couturiers featured are Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy, and John Galliano. Cromwell Road, 011-44-20-7942-2000,

“The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece: Masterworks from the British Museum”

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Dallas Museum of Art

Through Oct. 6

Classical art set a standard for the rendering of the human form that has yet to be surpassed, as demonstrated by these 120 works from the British Museum. That form is shown as statuary and on coins, vessels, and jewelry. 1717 North Harwood, 214-922-1200,

“Brett Weston Landscapes”

University of Michigan Museum of Art


Ann Arbor, Mich.

Through Dec. 1

Weston had an extraordinary eye for form, love of high contrast, and a mastery of darkroom technique second to none. All of which make his landscape photographs among the most distinctive 20th-century examples of the genre. 525 South State St., 734-764-0395,

“Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture”

Norton Simon Museum

Pasadena, Calif.


Through Jan. 6

The impact of the great Romanian artist is shown through works by such diverse later sculptors as Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Barbara Hepworth, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, and Robert Irwin. 411 West Colorado Blvd., 626-449-6840,

“Paris on Stage, 1889-1914: A Spectacular Exhibition”

Museum of Civilization


Through Feb. 23

Paris in La Belle Epoque was the cultural capital of the world. Some 250 items, ranging from paintings and posters to films and an early automobile, give a sense of what life was like at that time in that place. 85 rue Dalhousie, 866-710-8031,

“Leonardo da Vinci: The Universal Man”

Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

Aug. 29-Dec. 1

Fifty-seven drawings and notebook pages of da Vinci’s are brought together, few of them usually on display, most of them not seen together since 1980, and many of them never previously shown together. Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro 1050, 011-39-041-5222247,

“Talk of the Town: Portraits by Edward Steichen from the Hollander Collection”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Through Dec. 8

Before there was Irving Penn or Richard Avedon, there was Steichen. During the ’20s and ’30s, no photographer came close to rivaling him as master of the celebrity portrait. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323-857-6000,

“Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial”

National Gallery of Art

Washington, D. C.

Sept. 15-Jan. 5

The Shaw Memorial, one of the greatest works of sculpture in North America, sits across from the Massachusetts State House. This National Gallery exhibition celebrates both the memorial and the members of the all-black Civil War unit who were its inspiration. 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, 202-737-4215,

“Gauguin, Bonnard, Denis: A Russian Taste for French Art”

Hermitage Amsterdam

Sept. 14-Feb. 28

These key figures in Post-Impressionism quickly drew the attention of Russian collectors. Their paintings make up the lion’s share of this exhibition, which also includes examples of work by such contemporaries as Vuillard and Vallotton. Amstel 51, 011-31-20-530-74-88,

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