Summer is so fun in New York. This year we’re getting a unique chance to reassess certain loved and unloved artists. At the Met we’ll revel in Van Gogh’s gorgeous cypress trees, while at the Brooklyn Museum Picasso will be put under a critical spotlight. The Frick, for its part, will have a new pastel mural responding to an 18th-century jewel in its astounding collection of masterpieces. In between there will be a glorious parade of colors and designs at the Brooklyn Museum’s African Fashion show, and a walk-in installation by Pepion Osario at the New Museum. All this will culminate in September at the art fair Gargantua known as the Armory Show.
Pepón Osorio: “My Beating Heart / Mi corazón latiente”
New Museum (June 29–September 17)
The largest retrospective of the MacArthur winner will fill the second floor of the New Museum. Viewers will behold his large-scale multimedia installations, parade floats of stuff: tables, chairs, police tape, couches. Osorio, born in Puerto Rico, who’s lived in the United States since the 1970s, gives us a theater of anti-transcendence, a palpable reality that also feels like a dream discarded.