LDN / NYC / CHI / LA / HK Must-See Art Exhibits

Vogue 100 at the National Portrait Gallery London

I would like to pretend I can travel the world just to see art.

But in reality, I travel for work and family and make it a point to see art whenever and wherever I can: Alexander McQueen in London, Prada/Schiaparelli in New York, Art Basel in MiamiJames Turrell in LAPegge Hopper in Honolulu. And I’m starting to get that itch again…where to go next? These six alone have me jones-ing to jet set:


Mario Testino
Mario Testino

“Vogue 100: A Century of Style” at the National Portrait Gallery

(above) 280 pieces from a century of photography pulled from the pages of British Vogue to commemorate their 100th anniversary, #Vogue100 features legends like Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Lee Miller, Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber, as well as present-day superstars Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino and Nick Knight to name a few. As I write this I simply cannot imagine how phenomenal this exhibit must be. Get a glimpse here: vogue.co.uk. On view through May 22nd, 2016. npg.org.uk



Met Breuer annex exterior night
Ed Lederman

“Unfinished” at the new Met Breuer

ICYMI, the Whitney moved down to the Meatpacking District in a fancy new contemporary building, leaving its former home by mid-century architect Marcel Breuer empty; the Met has since closely restored it to its 1966 state, with some intentional “patina.” The opening exhibit “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” brings together various works of art from the Renaissance to present day by various artists left unfinished. Any time you can see Titian, Rembrandt, Cezanne and Twombly in the same exhibit, I say, “Go!” On view March 18th through September 4th, 2016. metmuseum.org


Temple of Dendur wall murals light color at The Met
Claire Voon

“Color the Temple: Scene 1” at the Temple of Dendur, The Met

The Met is my must-go spot every time I’m in New York, and the Temple of Dendur is my must-see when I’m there. If you are lucky enough to be in the city this weekend or next, be sure to catch this colorful recreation using digital projection to show how the temple wall murals may have looked 2000 years ago. And be sure to report back…I would have loved to have seen it for myself! On view Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-9pm only through March 19th. metmuseum.org



Van Goghs bedrooms at the Art Institute Chicago

“Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” at the Art Institute

A more intimate exhibit explores in-depth three of Van Gogh’s most recognizable pieces together in one place of one particular subject: his bedroom in Arles. A reconstruction of his bedroom awaits visitors, as well as over 30 of the artist’s works.. If you’ve never seen a Van Gogh in person, add it to your bucket list: the pure intensity and dimensionality of stroke movement and paint application is moving, to say the least. Stick around to view the Art Institute’s many other notable works (I was really quite impressed with the collection when I visited in October). On view through May 10th, 2016. artchi.edu



Stephanie Vovas at Saatchi Art LA
Stephanie Vovas

“Fresh Faces: New Portraits by Los Angeles Artists” at Saatchi Art

Just saw this one pop up today: a rare opportunity to view new art by emerging artists, including one of my faves, Stephanie Vovas (her Diora Aura, above). Also take the opportunity to purchase any of the pieces and take one home with you, starting at $500. (Another bucket list item: own more original art!) On view from March 24th through May 13th, 2016, Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday by appointment. saatchiart.com Opening party, March 24th (details here). 



Tracey Emin I Cried Because I Love You art at White Cube Hong Kong
Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin’s “I Cried Because I Love You” at White Cube

In town for Art Basel? Don’t miss this one. Tracey Emin drew me in me long ago with her vulnerable, emotive neon typography work. Her latest show — her first in Greater China — includes painting and embroidery as well, encompassing her ability to expose her inner and outer selves with raw, honest creativity. Be prepared to get pulled in too. On view March 21st through May 21st, 2016. whitecube.com 

Any good shows in your town? What are you hoping to see?


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

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Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).