Hockney and Van Gogh paintings meet in Houston

Hockney-Van Gogh: the Joy of Nature The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has managed to pull off the show Hockney-Van Gogh: the Joy of Nature, to bring much-needed delight in these difficult times. David Hockney, however, has apologised for missing the coming opening, citing Covid-19 travel problems. The exhibition will open on 21 February and runs until 20 June. With the coronavirus restrictions—and assuming the museum can continue to remain open for the duration of the show—it is estimated that the exhibition will accommodate around 66,000 visitors for the four-month run, about two thirds of their number in normal circumstances. When a similar show was presented in 2019 at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum (which always attracts huge crowds), it

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Art Exhibitions Worth Escaping to This Holiday Season

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the holiday season, lovely as it is, can also be rather exhausting. There’s so much to do in those five short weeks—from buying gifts to prepping meals and receiving relatives—that a free afternoon can’t be taken for granted. So why not spend it in the civilizing thrall of great art? Whether you’re grasping for ways to engage your guests or planning a personal day over Thanksgiving break, consider the scores of exhibitions that will be up between now and New Year’s Day. On short notice—and even a shrunken budget—there are few more reliable reprieves. The new(-ish) MoMA THROUGH JANUARY 4, 2020 Four months and nearly half a billion dollars later, New York’s Museum

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