Paris via NYC: Picabia, Picasso, Montparnasse

Mille fois merci to frequent contributor Betty Guernsey for keeping us au courant in NYC:

A holiday bonanza – three shows that bring Paris to New York in three different ways.

First, the Francis Picabia retrospective at MOMA (continuing to March 19, 2017), an in-depth look at one of the 20th century’s lesser-known avant-garde artists. Picabia (1879-1953), born in Paris of a French mother and Cuban father, flirted, albeit with impressive dexterity, with all the great movements of his era: Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, and photo-realism, in the end leaving the viewer asking the question “Will the real Francis Picabia please stand up?”

Second, Impasse Ronsin, at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 West 27th Street in Chelsea (to January 14), focuses on the work of artists living and working in the legendary Montparnasse alley from the 1930’s through the 1960’s, including Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Isamu Noguchi, Larry Rivers, Yves Klein, and the Lalannes – a fascinating show, each piece demanding careful scrutiny.

And third, lest the festive season go by without a nod to Picasso, there is Picasso’s Picassos at Gagosian Madison Avenue, a personal selection of works from the legacy of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, daughter of the artist and Marie-Thérèse Walter, which includes many familiar and childhood portraits, and has been extended until February 18.

Paris via New York: Picasso at MOMA

From regular contributor Betty Guernsey:

Pablo Picasso has been called “the ultimate measuring stick for artists of the 20th century”, and the current Picasso Sculpture show at the Museum of Modern Art goes a long way toward proving it. Trained as an artist but totally self-trained as a sculptor, most of his earliest free-form works emerged during his Cubist period in Paris with Georges Braque, continuing throughout his subsequent years at Boisgeloup in Normandy, the War Years in Paris, and his later time in Cannes and Vallauris in the South of France, where he was strongly influenced by ceramic.

Sculpture was a medium he approached experimentally and with a complete spontaneity – often quite daring – adapting objets trouvés and the flotsam and jetsam of Parisian streets, and re-shaping them into pieces of wit and creative genius.  A show well worth seeing, you can catch it until February 7.

Merci beaucoup, Betty!