CULTURE & ARTS
07/27/2010 07:12 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

GREAT EXHIBITIONS: MFA Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tate Modern

WHO: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
WHAT: Cafe and Cabaret: Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris
WHEN: November 21, 2009 - August 8, 2010
WHERE: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

WHY: The French aristocrat Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), one of the most innovative artists of the late nineteenth century, is known for his bold and subtle images of performers in the centers of Parisian entertainment in the 1880s and 1890s: the cafe-concerts and cabaret nightclubs in the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre. Despite his short life, Toulouse-Lautrec was enormously productive and succeeded in developing a style uniquely suited to the celebrity culture of this raffish district. He combined a wicked, caricatural eye for the signature features and body language of his subjects (who included his friends the singers and dancers May Milton, Jane Avril, and La Goulue) with the radical use of broad flat colors, strong silhouettes, and unusual points of view. (From the MFA Boston website.)

WHO: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
WHAT: Late Renoir
WHEN: June 17, 2010 - September 6, 2010
WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

WHY: Late Renoir follows the renowned painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir through the final--and most fertile and innovative--decades of his career. At the height of his creative powers and looking toward posterity, Renoir created art that was timeless, enticing, and worthy of comparison to the greatest of the old masters, such as Raphael, Titian, and Rubens. He devoted himself to joyful subjects--frolicking bathers, domestic idylls, the drama of classical mythology, and the brilliance of Mediterranean landscape and sea. (From the Philadelphia Museum of Art website.)

WHO: Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray
WHAT: Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera
WHEN: May 28 - October 3, 2010
WHERE: Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG

WHY: Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects.
Beginning with the idea of the 'unseen photographer', Exposed presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers including Brassai's erotic Secret Paris of the 1930s images; Weegee's iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe; and Nick Ut's reportage image of children escaping napalm attacks in the Vietnam War. (From the Tate Modern website.)