Art exhibits coming up in the fall

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Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture

(Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead, through Dec. 13). Regarded as "the father of environmental portraiture," Newman made backgrounds essential to his photographs of influential 20th-century personalities. 516- 463-5672,

Chagall: Love, War and Exile(The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, Sept. 15- Feb. 2). The focus is on a neglected period of Chagall's career -- from the rise of fascism in the 1930s to postwar European reconstruction in 1948. Chagall spent these years in Paris or in exile (from his Soviet homeland) in New York. Chagall's American period, after the death of his wife, Bella, progresses from sadness to newfound joy in his relationship with Virginia Haggard McNeil. 212- 423-3200,

Balthus: Cats and Girls -- Paintings and Provocations (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, Sept. 25-Jan. 12). A rarity in this country, this Balthus exhibit mingles 36 paintings from the mid-'30s to the late-'50s with ink drawings he did as an 11-year-old. Best known for his paintings of adolescents -- some would say nymphets -- Balthus found a muse in his young Parisian neighbor Therese Blanchard, whom he often painted with her cat. As a child, he produced images evoking the adventures of a stray tomcat. 212-535-7710,

Robert Motherwell: Early Collages (Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Sept. 27-Jan. 5). Devoted exclusively to works on paper, the show focuses on Motherwell's artistic beginnings through his experimentation with collage -- figurative and abstract. About 60 works are included. "It is here where I found my 'identity,' " the mature Abstract Expressionist wrote. 212-423-3587,

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1927-1938 (Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Sept. 28-Jan. 12). The 80-painting exhibit focuses on Rene Magritte's breakthrough Surrealist years. Displacement, transformation, metamorphosis and the intentional misnaming of objects in his art, infused with a half-awake state of mind, are all signatures of his innovative work during this pre-World War II decade. 212-708-9400,

Tracing Moran's Romanticism & Symbolism (Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, Oct. 26-Jan. 5). American landscape artist Thomas Moran painted many of his most important works in his Main Street studio in East Hampton from 1859 to 1917. His inspirations range from the local environment to the Civil War, literature, mythology and Western territories of the expanding United States. 631-324-0806,

Peter Max(Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor, Oct. 26-Feb. 23). This never-before-seen look at the Pop artist's drawings juxtaposes his mostly black-and-white sketches against his larger, color-saturated works. Included are portraits of political figures, Disney and "Wizard of Oz" characters, wild landscapes and seascape sunsets, plus his iconic Mona Lisas and Statues of Liberty. 516-484-9338,

Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New York Psychodrama, 1970-1980(Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., Oct. 31-closing TBA). The radical performance-art period of the 1970s gets a multimedia rewind under the rubric of what filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith called "Rented Island." Working in lofts, storefronts and alternative spaces, artists with backgrounds in theater, dance, music and visual art created a new living medium, mixing commercialism with high art. 212-570-3600,

Artists Choose Artists(Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, Nov. 10-

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Jan. 19). Jurors Laurie Anderson, Judith Hudson, Mel Kendrick, David Salle, Ned Smyth, Keith Sonnier and Robert Wilson each select works by two emerging artists from among 300 submissions and subsequent studio visits. 631-283-2118,

Rabble-rousers: Art, Dissent, and Social Commentary

(Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, Dec. 7- March 16). The Heckscher draws some of the biggest names out of its permanent-collection hat for this exhibition challenging traditional aesthetics, as well as political and social norms -- James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Robert Rauschenberg, John Sloan, Larry Rivers and George Grosz, among others. 631-351-3250,

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