Top Ten U.S. Art Cities - Page 2
5. Dallas, Texas
The vast Dallas Museum of Art features a jaw-dropping collection of Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Cezanne, lacquer mother-of-pearl furnishings, and antique rugs housed in a replica of a French Riviera villa in the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection. A big 19th- and 20th-century European and American art collection ranging from Piet Mondrian to the Hudson River School, and Asian, African, and Pacific art extending from Indonesian, New Guinean, and African wood carvings to Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic sculptures is also here. The museum is in the compact Dallas Arts District, as are the Nasher Sculpture Center, noted for its Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, and Giacometti sculptures, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art, which houses delicate jade carvings from China; Japanese scrolls, screens, and sculptures; and an 18th-century red sandstone screen from north India. One of the biggest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain is found uptown at the Meadows Museum, spanning Cubism by Picasso and Miro, Goya and Velasquez royal portraits, and Renaissance altarpieces.
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4. Washington, D.C.
Learn the practice and history of espionage at the International Spy Museum, where programs include a simulation of real-life intelligence-gathering through special effects, clues, and video; tours of more than 25 locations related to famous spy cases; and talks by ex-spies. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's biggest complex of museums, and its collections range from American, Asian, African, and modern/contemporary art from Picasso to Rodin to O'Keeffe at the American Art Museum, Sackler and Freer Galleries, National Museum of African Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. And they are all free. The National Gallery of Art, home to masterpieces from Da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Monet, Van Gogh, and the Old Masters, is part of the Smithsonian and is free as well.
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3. San Francisco, California
The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park is the only museum in the world to host two exhibits of 200 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris through January. The Asian Art Museum is home to a comprehensive collection of 6,000 years of art that roams through Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India, Tibet, and Nepal. In addition to its rich collection of American and German Abstract Expressionists, Fauvists (especially Matisse), and Klee, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently acquired more than 1,100 modern artworks by Lichtenstein, Warhol, Marden, and others. It's the first time most will be seen in public.
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2. Santa Fe, New Mexico
It's the artiest small city you've ever seen; more than 240 art galleries, at least 80 clustered on Canyon Road alone, dot this town of 60,000 people. Specialized museums are also at home here. The Museum of International Folk Art hosts a staggering array of more than 135,000 artworks, crafts, and textiles from over 100 countriesthe world's biggest collection of folk art. Others include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the New Mexico History Museum. Shop at famous annual art markets, like the International Folk Art Market and Spanish Market, both in July, and the Indian Market, featuring more than 1,000 Native American artists from many tribes, in August. Santa Fe's 400th anniversary is in 2010, so many special deals are available.
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1. New York, New York
In the nation's top art city, you'll spot masterworks seen in photos and movies your entire life at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, such as El Greco's View of Toledo, and at the Museum of Modern Art, like Van Gogh's Starry Night and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Three King Tut exhibits are currently on display: at The Met, at Discovery Center Times Square, which showcases 130 artifacts from the young king's tomb and his contemporaries, and at Brooklyn Museum of Art, which has an extensive ancient Egyptian collection. A Picasso exhibit of 300 paintings, drawings, and sculptures reflecting all his periods is also at The Met. But New York has art for every taste, including The Frick Collection, where Western European art is displayed in a Gilded Age mansion; the Guggenheim Museum, where late 19th- and early 20th-century art features many Kandinsky, Picasso, and Chagall works; and the Whitney Museum for 20th-century American art. Some NYC museums offer free or pay-what-you-wish admission on weekend nights. Gallery-filled neighborhoods include Chelsea and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, and Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
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