1.Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917
At New York's Museum of Modern Art through October 11
Here is a once in a lifetime chance to see the works of the great French artist
from the most radical years of his career, when his genius and artistic inventiveness were both an inspiration and a challenge to the young Spanish upstart, Pablo Picasso.
2.Marlene Dumas: Against the Wall
At the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal through October 10
Born in South Africa but living for the last 30 years in Amsterdam, Marlene Dumas is a force to be reckoned with, both as an artist and as a person. In her art, she has the courage and conviction to go where angels fear to tread. Her paintings, with their raw energy, have the violent brushwork of a sword-wielding samurai.
3.Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection
At SFMOMA through September 19
In an unprecedented act of generosity, renowned collectors of contemporary art Doris and Don Fisher gave recently their outstanding collection to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The beautifully installed exhibition of the best works from their collection occupies two museum floors as well as the rooftop garden, but it's merely the tip of the iceberg, as the whole collection consists of 1,100 artworks. There are rooms full of masterpieces by Calder, Warhol, Richter, Sol LeWitt, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly and Anselm Kiefer.
Edward Goldman is an art critic with a weekly program titled Art Talk at public radio station KCRW-Santa Monica.