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Alejandro Otero, A. Figueres: Vendrell, 1961, mixed media on wood, collection of Marelisa Sosa de Villegas, Caracas.

The New York Times - Will Heinrich - September 12, 2018 - Landmark shows of 19th-century French painting kick off an exciting season jammed with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities: The Met’s completist retrospective of Eugène Delacroix, complemented by a significant show of his drawings, brings tigers, shipwrecks and a host of romantic vistas to the Upper East Side, while the National Gallery in Washington is offering an unusually large assemblage of women painted by Corot. (And if you need more time in the Second Empire, consider flying to Los Angeles for the dense and dreamy drawings of the novelist Victor Hugo.)

There are a number of important retrospectives of female artists, most notably Ruth Asawa at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis; an abundance of fascinating photography shows, from Gordon Parks’s intensely sensitive early portraits to the New York and Parisian street views of Louis Stettner and Brassaï; and relics from Armenia and ancient Mexico. The court of Catherine de’ Medici will also visit North America for the very first time. (Exhibition opening and closing dates are subject to change.)

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CONTESTING MODERNITY: THE INFORMALIST MOVEMENT IN VENEZUELA 1955-1975 

Examining the Venezuelan counterpart to Abstract Expressionism in a show organized with Colección Banco Mercantil, Caracas. Oct. 28-Jan. 21, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, mfah.org.