Work on the Arts Intel Report, which includes listings of art exhibitions opening around the world, is a little window on who’s getting the most sustained coverage in museums and galleries. For instance, there is almost always a show somewhere (speaking of little windows) on Johannes Vermeer. The hidden geometries of his paintings, their enigmatic emotion, is beguiling to just about everyone. The protean Pablo Picasso is probably the most exhibited of all artists, though the haunted Vincent van Gogh comes close. That pop planet Andy Warhol is receiving a roll out of inventive shows that take different paths into his conceptual space. And the brute beauties of Francis Bacon and Jean-Michel Basquiat are much on the minds of curators.
What of the women? Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo are a powerful tag team, the majestic modernism of the former balancing the hothouse confessionals of the latter. One woman, however, stands out as not just the most exhibited female artist, but one who runs head to head with Picasso. She is Louise Bourgeois.