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Top 18 Summer Design and Art Shows

Valerie Atkisson / ArtBistro

October 12, 2009

ArtBistro has highlighted the best art and design museum shows in the U.S. exhibiting this summer. One is sure to be near you. Work a few into your vacation and get an air conditioned break from the heat. Each of our choices is accompanied by an image a brief summary and a link to the site where you can get more information about the show and visiting the museum. If you have already seen one of these shows, why not share with your ArtBistro members your impressions of the show?

Paint Made Flesh


Jenny Saville (1970–). Hyphen, 1999. Oil on canvas; 108 × 144 in. Private collection, Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.


“Paint Made Flesh examines the ways in which European and American painters have used oil paint and the human body to convey enduring human vulnerabilities, among them anxieties about desire, appearance, illness, aging, war, and death. In the tradition of great figure painting stretching back to Rembrandt and Titian, the 34 artists in the exhibition, working in the years since World War II, exploit oil paint’s visual and tactile properties to mirror those of the body, while exploring the body’s capacity to reflect the soul.” – The Phillips Collection

The show is on view from June 20-September 13, 2009 at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

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