As always, the fall’s exhibitions bring a cacophony of mediums, periods, cultures and sensibilities. There is everything from the old masterdom that is “Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting From the Mauritshuis” at the Frick Collection (opening Oct. 22 and including Vermeer’s wildly popular “Girl With a Pearl Earring”) to the surprises and new names (one hopes) of Performa 13, the fifth incarnation of New York’s performance-art biennial, which swings into action on Nov. 1. I’ll accentuate the positive.
One historical survey that will cover a wide stretch of culture and geography on its own is “Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (opening Sept. 16), which examines the international cross-fertilization in fabrics and their design that resulted when the world’s primary trade routes shifted from land to sea and multiplied. Displaying some 130 textiles