The best upcoming exhibits in Philadelphia feature work by designer Patricia Urquiola, Philly women of the early 20th century like Violet Oakley, and innovative photographer Chuck Close.  Don’t miss these new additions to the Philly art scene.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Open: November 19th – March 4th

Patricia Urquiola, an internationally acclaimed designer from Spain, is known for the sleek, innovative objects that she creates for both the home and the office. She is known for fusing “the artisanal and the industrial” in all of her creations, just some of which include sofas, chairs, tables, tubs, and wall pieces. She’s also transformed dozens of spaces into cool lounges, efficient offices, and stylish luxury hotels. Urquiola’s interior design prowess and architectural vision can be explored from concept to product in this exhibit, as well as her personal inspiration pieces like a Japanese whisk or a broken seashell.

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Open: November 16th – February 18th

Graphic Women brings together the work of professional women artists in Philadelphia between 1880 and the early 20th century. Violet Oakley, Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Susan MacDowell Eakins, and Mary Nimmo Moran are just some of the artists whose artwork will be on display. Over 30 rare charcoals, etchings, pastels, watercolors, and pen-and-ink pastels will be shown. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance at the Woodmere Art Museum.

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Open: October 6th – April 8th

Chuck Close, one of the most prominent figures in contemporary art, and has pushed the boundaries of photography for decades. This first comprehensive survey of Close’s photographic work includes about 90 images from 1964 to the present day, with black and white maquettes, giant composite Polaroids, and daguerreotypes. While known as a painter, Close has engaged in photography in fine art printmaking for more than 40 years. His work “has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches.”

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Open: November 3rd – February 19th

In 1917, famous lawyer John G. Johnson left a collection of European art to the city of Philadelphia. Pieces by Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet are at the center, and the museum will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the understanding and appreciation for these works has evolved. Highlights include early Italian and Netherlandish paintings, pieces from the Dutch Golden Age by Steen and van Ruisdael, and French Impressionist paintings.