Alexander Calder, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
In a riposte to the New York MoMA’s 2012 survey “Inventing Abstraction,” LACMA debuts “Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic,” an exhibit of the American sculptor’s works, whose swiveling mobiles sweep across the history of 20th-century modernism. The show was designed by Frank Gehry as a 21st-century coda. Through July 27; 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; lacma.org.
Tracey Emin, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
British artist Tracey Emin’s neon confessionals, which mimic the kind of outpourings that used to be seen scrawled on bathroom walls before Facebook came along, are assembled for the first time in “Angel Without You,” in a city where neon feels right at home. Through March 9; 770 NE 125th St.; mocanomi.org.
Henri Matisse, Tate Modern, London
After an operation at the age of 72 left Matisse unable to walk or paint, the artist began making collages of painted cutouts. The workaround led to a “second life,” as the artist put it. The Tate Modern presents “The Cut-Outs,” which features some 120 of the works together for the first time. The show travels to New York’s MoMA in October. April 17—September 7; Bankside; tate.org.
Japanese Art Deco, Seattle Asian Art Museum
Art Deco’s arrival in Japan in the 1920s coincided with a cosmopolitan spirit that reigned there briefly and led to some of the most intriguing variations on the French movement. “Deco Japan” features the first such overview outside Japan. May 10—October 19; 1400 E. Prospect St.; seattleartmuseum.org.
Ferran Adrià, Drawing Center, New York
While at El Bulli, his paradigm-shifting restaurant outside Barcelona that closed in 2011, chef Ferran Adrià filled hundreds of notebooks with sketches and diagrams. These days he continues to draw, no longer charting dishes but rather cooking itself. The designs, and other El Bulli artifacts, will be on display in “Notes on Creativity.” January 25—February 28; 35 Wooster St.; drawingcenter.org.