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Looking at four upcoming exhibitions, each from a different continent.

Museum of Modern Art, New York

‘Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971’ will be coming to MoMA on May 17 and running until September 7, 2015.

The exhibition is dedicated to the work of Yoko Ono (b.1933), is the first of such an exhibition at MoMA, and will bring together around 125 early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings and films, as well as rarely seen archival materials. It will also include Ono’s Painting to Be Stepped On (1960/61) that asks viewers to tread upon a piece of canvas placed directly on the floor—questioning the boundary between art and the everyday.

Ono had staged a ‘guerrilla’ art show at MoMA over 40 years ago, in 1971, composed of a sign outside the building inviting members of the public to track flies that had been dispersed around the city, with little other evidence of her work. Now, MoMA is to hold this official exhibition.

Louvre Museum, Paris

‘Making Sacred Images: Rome—Paris, 1580-1660’ will be running at the Louvre from April 2 until June 29, 2015.

It is set to take the religious crisis of the 16th century, which saw the revival of the anti-image, and look at the iconophillia of papal Rome and examples of work from the French School, dating between 1580 and 1660. In contrasting the two—Rome and the French School—the exhibition raises the issue of Christian love and images, and what they mean respectively.

The ‘Making Sacred Images’ exhibition is running alongside ‘Poussin and God’, which is also on show from April 2 until June 29, 2015. Marking the 350th anniversary of Nicolas Poussin’s death, the exhibition will touch on the less-widely considered Christian aspect of Poussin’s work. Putting his work in the framework of a personal meditation on God, it wil consider his merging of Christian and antique notions of the sacred.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Drawing to a close on June 8, 2015, ‘James Turnell: A Retrospective’ draws on work spanning almost 50 years. Based on the premise that light involves the individual – in the way it touches and envelopes the body—Turnell works with light and perception in order to examine the effect light has on us and the way we perceive light. Looking at examples of his work that fill cavernous space with vivid light, as well as the technical instruments on display, it is hardly surprising to discover Turnell has a background in mathematics and perceptual psychology.

Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP/ Sao Paulo Museum of Art), Sao Paulo

Translated as ‘The Triumph of Detail (and then nothing)’, the exhibition will be on show until June 2015. It seeks to open conversation about the value found in the details of a masterpiece, and the narratives they build. A collection of 60 works, including Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gough, Frans Hals and Leon Ferrari, the exhibition is divided into three sections that focus on different periods of time, each placing varying importance on detail.

— Lara Stace, Editor (Art)

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