3 Must-See Graphic Arts Exhibitions in 2020

It's always fun to plan the new year; what your goals will be, what lifestyle changes you intend to make, what exciting new projects you're going to tackle, and what relaxing and stimulating vacations you are aiming for.

While on the subject of where to go on vacation, I'd like to help you out by listing a few illustration and graphics exhibitions you should definitely check out in the coming year. I also have a special bonus listing I'll save for the end of this article. (It's something I personally am really excited about, and I think you will be too.)

1.) Artists Books and Prints in Russia

Hosted by the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) 5th Floor; The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY, 10019

Through April 19, 2021

This collection houses Russian political graphics from the WWI era. These designs, created by Natalia Goncharova and Olga Rozanova, date from roughly between 1912 and 1915. Click here for more information.

2.) Marie Duval: Laughter in the First Age of Leisure

Hosted by The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

January 7 - March 4, 2020

This exhibition pays tribute to Victorian cartoonist and stage performer Marie Duvall. Through her many contributions to English periodicals, which she had published under a variety of male and female pen names, Duvall pioneered many cartooning techniques which would not be commonly used until much later. Her work has long been neglected, primarily owing to the male dominated culture in which she lived, but it is now being brought back to a more enlightened age. Click here for more information.

3.) Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration

Hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

 June 13 - September 7, 2020

This exhibition features a broad range of fantasy illustrations from the Renaissance to modern times. Artists such as Albrecht Durer, Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and many others, will be on display at this event. Click here for more information.

And now for the big reveal...

This is not an exhibition, which is why I didn't include it in the main part of this article, but I was ecstatic to find out that ground has been broken in the LA area for a new illustration museum which will be opening soon. This museum, called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, will feature art by James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy, Charles Dana Gibson, Norman Rockwell, Robert Crumb, Harrison Fisher, and many others. And that's only in their illustration section! They will also have numerous other sections, including the History of Narrative Art (featuring such classic artists as Winslow Homer, Frederick Remington, and Edgar Degas,) Children's Art (which, I was very surprised to discover, will also include John R. Neill's Oz illustrations,) and, by my count, fourteen other sections. These sections span three different categories: Narrative Art, The Art of Cinema, and Digital Art.

For more information, click here.

Do you agree with this list? Please share your favorite exhibitions and design museums in the comments section below.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Dominion Graphic Arts.



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