Catch these events in March and April
Edited by Meghan Edwards -- Interior Design, 2/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
1. "Thomas Nozkowski," his first solo exhibition at heavy-hitting PaceWildenstein in New York, represents something of a coronation for an artist whose acclaim has grown exponentially since his solo debut in 1979. Nozkowski is known for eschewing the grandiose, as evident from the show's three dozen paintings. The size of Untitled (8-88), an oil on linen, is equally unassuming: only 22 by 28 inches. April 4–May 3; 212-929-7000; pacewildenstein.com.
2. For "Chado Ralph Rucci," the Phoenix Art Museum has assembled 25 ensembles, each one standing for a year of Ralph Rucci's career in fashion. From fall 2003, this top in embroidered silk jersey and skirt in silk organza and horsehair exhibit his exquisite hand-sewed detail and innovative cuts. After all, the Chado in the label's name refers to the Japanese tea ceremony, which demands nothing less than perfection. March21–August 17; 602-257-1222; phxart.org.
3. Part of "Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Juan Capistran's Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth? references several versions of American patriotism. They include Jasper Johns's Flag from 1955, posters for the '80's punk band the Minutemen, and further riffs on the minuteman moniker in general. April 6–September 1; 323-857-6000; lacma.org.
4. Interior Design Hall of Fame member Margo Grant Walsh possesses an astonishing trove of antique and vintage metalwork from 17 different countries, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has selected 50 pieces for "Designed by Architects: Metalwork From the Margo Grant Walsh Collection." Charles Robert Ashbee, in the vanguard of the English arts and crafts movement, designed these 1900 salt and pepper casters in silver studded with ovals of amethyst and quartz. March 15–August 3; 713-639-7300; mfah.org.
5. There's a thin line between love and hate—one walked by the jagged wooden and acrylic letters of Desire Despair. The work is appearing in "Jack Pierson," a survey at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Comprising about 35 of the American artist's sculptures, installations, photographs, and drawings, the show spans the 1990's to the present. March 12–May 18; 353-1-612-9900; modernart.ie.
"Loris Gréaud: Cellar Door"
Through May 4
Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 33-1-47-20-00-29; palaisdetokyo.com.
"Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe"
Through May 28
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; 212-423-3500; guggenheim.org.
"Pierre Paulin: Le Design au Pouvoir"
Through July 27
Galerie des Gobelins, Paris; 33-1-44-08-53-49; mobiliernational.culture.gouv.fr.
"Simon Starling: Cuttings (Supplement)"
March 1–May 11
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; 416-973-4949; thepowerplant.org.
March 6–June 1
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 212-570-3676; whitney.org.
Shanghai New International Expo Center; 86-21-6247-7668; domotexasiachinafloor.com.
"Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin"
March 13–April 19
Museum at FIT, New York; 212-217-4558; fitnyc.edu/museum.
"Out of This World: Shaker Design Past, Present, and Future"
March 13–June 15
Bard Graduate Center, New York; 212-501-3000; bard.edu/bgc.
International Asian Art Fair
583 Park Avenue, New York; 212-642-8572; haughton.com/asian.
Spaces Between the Hammer and the Mouse: Benjamin Ball + Gaston Nogues
SCI-Arc, Los Angeles; 213-613-2200; sciarc.edu.
7 West 34th Street, New York; 646-641-8732; ny.voltashow.com.
"Setting the Table: Designs in Mid-Century Dinnerware"
April 6–August 3
Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; 918-336-4949; pricetower.org.
High Point Market
International Home Furnishings Center, North Carolina; 800-874-6492; highpointmarket.org.
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference
McCormick Place, Chicago; 800-933-8735; kbis.com.
April 10–May 3
Marlborough Gallery, New York; 212-541-4900; marlboroughgallery.com.
Sollo Rago Modern Auction
Rago Arts and Auction Center, Lambertville, New Jersey; 866-724-6278; ragoarts.com.
"Antonio López García"
April 13–July 27
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 617-267-9300; mfa.org.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Fiera Milano, Rho-Pero, Italy; 39-02-725941; cosmit.it.
"Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities"
April 18–July 24
Drawing Center, New York; 212-219-2166; drawingcenter.org.
Los Angeles Antiques Show
Santa Monica Air Center, California; 310-455-2886; psartsantiques.com.
"Laurel Beckman: The Biggest Seed Fruit Nut in the World"
April 24–June 30
Tama Gallery, New York; 212-566-7030; tamagallery.biz.
Merchandise Mart, Chicago; 800-677-6278; artchicago.com.
"Project Space and Ramp Project: Trenton Doyle Hancock"
April 25–August 3
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; 215-898-7108; icaphila.org.
April 29–May 2
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida; 866-285-3691; coverings.com.