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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 02/ 1/2010

Up next: February arts

By Stephanie Merry

There are some big names headed our way this month. I'm looking at shows dedicated to Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko, Josef Albers and some Cezanne and Stieglitz thrown in for good measure.

Pay "Homage to the Square" during the Hirshhorn's show of Josef Albers' work. (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden)

Georgia O'Keeffe's name often conjures up images of New Mexico landscapes and massive flowers, but the Phillips is bringing another side of the artist to light with an exhibition of her abstractions. Check out O'Keeffe's aerial vision of a cloudy sky, which resembles a blue pond filled with white lily pads, and her "Red, Yellow and Black Streak," which sets the canvas ablaze. As a bonus, photos of the artist taken by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, will also be on display. (Feb. 6-May 9)

The Hirshhorn is mounting quite a show with "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration;" the exhibition includes 70 works from the German-born artist's 50 years on the job. See his transition from black-and-white forms in his early days to the vibrant paintings of nested squares that became Albers' best known work. (Feb. 11-April 11)

The American Art Museum is offering visitors the chance to tour the American West without leaving the Eastern seaboard. "Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan" is a display of more than 100 photographs and stereo cards commissioned by the U.S. government in the 1860s and '70s. Among the awe-inspiring views are shots of Idaho's Shoshone Falls and Nevada's Pyramid Lake. (Feb. 12-May 9)

The Museum of Women in the Arts unveils two shows this month, including "A Dream...but Not Yours: Contemporary Art From Turkey." The exhibition spotlights the work of 11 female artists who challenge the perceived role of women in society. (Feb. 12-May 16)

"Cezanne and American Modernism" makes its way to the Baltimore Museum of Art this month after a stint at the Montclair Museum. The idea behind the exhibit? To show the far reach of Paul Cezanne's influence by hanging his work alongside 20th century American artists, including Paul Strand, Arshile Gorky and more photos by Alfred Stieglitz. (Feb. 14-May 23)

While we're anticipating the Winter Games in Vancouver this month, London's been preparing to host the 2012 Olympics. One artist's works depict how construction changes there affect the city's landscape. In Civilian Art Projects' "Go for the Gold! -- The Disappearing Lea Valley," Gesche Wuerfel's photos speak for themselves: the image of a lone tree against a blue sky is titled "Media and Press Centre 1" and "Olympic Village 1" shows a dilapidated billboard along a tree-lined road. (Feb. 19-March 20)

For better or worse, you can almost smell the cafeteria when looking at Jennifer Dorsey's photos for "Alma Mater." The Flashpoint show captures the bizarrely quiet state of schools during summer vacation, including the telltale empty felt bulletin boards. (Feb. 19-March 27)

The National Gallery's "In the Tower" series, which showcases 20th-century art, continues with this second installment focused on Mark Rothko. The art in the show was created around the time Rothko painted black-on-black works for a chapel in Houston, and visitors to the exhibit will hear a recording of Morton Feldman's "Rothko Chapel," the same meditative music of spare strings and muted drums that played in the Texas space when it first opened. (Feb. 21-Jan. 2)

Also at the National Gallery, "The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1700" brings 20 works to town, including art by Diego Velazquez, Francisco de Zurbaran and Francisco Pacheco. (Feb. 28-May 31)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | February 1, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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