Bringing Berlin to the Upper East Side, German Expressionist painter Otto Dix's first solo show in the U.S. offers both glamour and grit. More than 100 sumptuous yet cynical depictions of louche cabaret dancers, demimonde denizens, and wounded soldiers (Dix was a machine gunner during WWI) from the Weimar Republic will fill the entire exhibition area of the Neue Galerie. What's more, limited-edition lipstick by Estée Lauder available at the museum's shop allows you to perfect your pucker like Dix's crimson-lipped femme fatales.
March 11–August 30; .
With the success of the recent movie The Young Victoria, interest in the private life of Britain's longest-reigning queen has never been greater. The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace satisfies our curiosity with more than 400 items that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert collected, from their engagement in 1839 through the Prince's death in 1861. Included are portraits of the royals in oil and marble, often presented to each other as gifts, early Renaissance paintings, jewels, furnishings, family photographs, and pre-Raphaelite paintings.
March 19–October 31; .
Video-game and anime addicts, get thee to Japan Society. The New York gallery has a show featuring the glorious graphic works of a 19th-century Japanese printmaker who is considered one of the forefathers of Japanese cartoons. Some 150 woodblock prints showcase the imagination of a renegade artist whose fantasy scenes became increasingly daring amid a government crackdown, and, almost 200 years later, they look just as fresh and feisty as a contemporary cartoon.
March 12–June 13; .
Whether he felt challenged by Picasso and Braque, who were creating Cubist masterpieces or was simply responding to the creativity that surrounded him in Paris, Henri Matisse experienced an extraordinarily diverse and productive period from 1913 to 1917. Without ever forgoing representation, he experimented with a darker palette, minimal and geometric compositions, such as French Window at Collioure, and his most schematic figural groupings, including Bathers by a River and The Moroccans. The Art Institute of Chicago focuses on these pivotal, prolific five years with a showing of nearly 120 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints.
March 20–June 20; .
The spring edition of this popular biannual fair showcases heirloom-quality finds that can add instant appeal to a room. At Pier 94, interior designers, in-the-know collectors, and savvy shoppers will be scanning the aisles for world-class goods such as industrial-chic furniture, 1950s housewares, estate jewelry, and rare books, as well as vintage prints and fashions from more than 450 dealers.
March 13–14; .
One of the oldest materials becomes cutting edge in the hands of contemporary artists and designers who cast, forge, and weave metal into sinuous, sculptural shapes. Houston's Museum of Fine Arts surveys innovative furniture, decorative objects, and jewelry from the past four decades, including Israeli architect Ron Arad's ribbon-shaped woven-steel mesh chair and German artist Georg Dobler's wispy, whirling steel-wire brooch.
March 7–July 18; .
From ancient artifacts to spare, modern calligraphy to cutting-edge ceramics, this annual international art fair brings together more than 30 dealers to showcase everything Asian. Highlights include rare, delicately glazed Chinese ceramics that are more than 1,000 years old, along with an exhibition of contemporary minimalist porcelain sculptures by the Japanese artist Nagae Shigekazu.
March 20–28; .
This pair of back-to-back auctions promises blue-chip furnishings by design greats from the last century. Standouts at Christie's biannual sale include a striking walnut desk designed by George Nakashima in 1972, eye-catching brass-and-steel sculptures by Harry Bertoia, and an ultramodern glass-and-steel cocktail table by designer Joe D'Urso.
March 16; .
The next day, more fab furnishings will go on the auction block at Sotheby's, including a clean-line lacquered-steel bench by Jean Prouvé and a rare set of ten chairs by Josef Urban.
March 17; .