Picasso + Calder at Almine Rech

Rech Alexander Calder, Constellation with Diabolo. 1943. © 2016 Calder Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Pablo Picasso, Woman, 1946. © 2016 Succession Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Right: Alexander Calder, Dancer, 1944. © 2016 Calder Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Pablo Picasso, Standing Woman, 1946. © 2016 Succession Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Images courtesy of Almine Rech.
rech Alexander Calder, Untitled. c. 1942. © 2016 Calder Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Pablo Picasso, Portrait of a Bearded Man, Mougins, 5 December 1964. © 2016 Succession Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Images courtesy of Almine Rech.

For the inaugural exhibition at their New York opening Almine Ruis-Picasso née Rech and her namesake gallery chose to pay tribute to not just one, but two of the most prominent artistic figures of the 20th century – Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder. The first of it’s kind, the show doesn’t aim towards the bombastic or blockbuster heights these two household names could obtain. It otherwise offers a more intimate dialogue consisting of fifty-something pieces some of which are being exhibited for the first time.
Curated by their respective grandsons, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso and Alexander S. C. Rower, the dialogue explores two disparate artists who were drawn to similar ideas, with each their own individual approach. The real joy of the tribute is the curiosities and parallels which arise when the respective grandsons started comparing notes on their personal experiences with the prolific heritage of their grandfathers.
The show delves into the notion of the void and non-existence, themes that re-occur in both Calder and Picasso’s work. It also explores the trajectory between drawing and sculpture, drawing inspiration from the fluidity and dynamic quality that dominate artists’ oeuvres respectively.

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