A look at some of 2024’s most-anticipated art exhibitions

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By Dan Sears

There are still a few days left to see 2023’s biggest art shows, including Pipilotti Rist’s whimsical sculptural installations at Hauser & Wirth, which closes Jan. 13.

But don’t worry – 2024 looks to be packed with blockbuster exhibitions as well as intriguing gallery shows, plus group spectaculars like the Park Avenue Armory’s Winter Show and the Whitney Biennial, which kicks off in March.

Here are a few more shows you may want to add to your list:

Jamel Shabazz (born Brooklyn, New York, 1960). “Breezy Boy Breakers,” Midtown, Manhattan, NYC, 2011. The Dean Collection, courtesy of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. © Jamel Shabazz.

Photo by Glenn Steigelman

Huma Bhabha, Even Stones Have Eyes, 2023 © Huma Bhabha

Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner

Huma Bhabha at David Zwirner Gallery, opening Feb. 22

Zwirner picked up the Pakistani-American sculptor in 2022, and her first full show will span both its Chelsea and Upper East Side locations. The downtown space will feature Bhabha’s largest cast-iron and bronze sculptures yet, while the UES location will show smaller sculptures and works on paper. In April, the Public Art Fund, a nonprofit organization that places art in outdoor spaces, will reveal a massive commission by Bhabha in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

“Black Belt” by Archibald J. Motley, Jr. ( American, 1891 – 1981)

© Estate of Archibald John Motley Jr. All reserved rights 2023 / Bridgeman Images Image courtesy Hampton University

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“The Harlem Renaissance” at The Metropolitan Museum, opening Feb. 25

Perhaps the blockbuster show of the year will spend five months at The Met, with roughly 160 works of painting, sculpture, photography, and more. The show pairs homegrown representations of Harlem in the Jazz Age with paintings of the African diaspora done by European artists like Matisse and Picasso. A large chunk of the exhibition is sourced from the collections of Historically Black Colleges and Universities like Clark and Howard.

Käthe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait en Face (Selbstbildnis en face), c.1904. Lithograph. Sheet: 18 7/8 × 13 3/8″ (47.9 × 34 cm).

Courtesy of MoMA / 2023 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

“Käthe Kollwitz” at MoMA, opening Mar. 31

The German expressionist printmaker and painter Käthe Kollwitz is seldom-seen in the U.S., despite our fascination with masters of the form like Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

Blacklisted in Berlin after speaking out against the Third Reich, she spent her last years roaming Germany in a quasi-exile. This chronological exhibition at MoMA will follow her work through the most tumultuous times in German history, from the 1890s through World War II

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Jenny Holzer, “Untitled” (Selections from Truisms, Inflammatory Essays, The Living Series, The Survival Series, Under a Rock, Laments, and Child Text) , 1989. Extended helical tricolor L . E.D. electronic – display signboard, site © 2023 Jenny Holzer.

Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Jenny Holzer at the Guggenheim, opening May 17

In 1989, Jenny Holzer’s landmark retrospective took over the rotunda of the Guggenheim, with her text blinking across L.E.D. displays that wrapped the interior spirals of the building’s six-story ramp.

This year’s show, “Jenny Holzer: Light Line” reimagines that effect, with lesser-known examples from across Holzer’s five-decade career.

Maurizio Cattelan at Gagosian, opening Spring 2024

Details are scant on the contents of the Maurizio Cattelan show opening at star gallerist Gagosian’s Chelsea space. Most recently known for his infamous duct-tape-and-banana pieces, Cattelan has been executing visual pranks and humorous artwork for more than 30 years.

Clues to the Gagosian show may be found in the Cattelan retrospective organized by the same curator a few years ago in Beijing, which featured 29 works from familiarly playful sculptures to new taxidermy, which was the bulk of his practice in the 1990s. The New York show promises to exhibit Cattelan’s first new work in a solo show here in more than 20 years.

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