Pablo Picasso, the Cannes years

A partial transcript of Episode 19 of THE ART MOVEMENT. Click here to listen to the full radio show.

I did want to talk about another notable Spaniard, generally considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. And I know you know who I’m talking about. The one and only Pablo Picasso, one of the most revolutionary minds of modern art, who according to famed singer/songwriter Jonathan Richman was never called an asshole… not in New York!

Anyways, the news is that London’s Bastian Art Gallery will be opening an immersive exhibition this September named “Atelier Picasso,” that will feature a unique recreation of Picasso’s Studio in Cannes, in the South of France, using a treasure trove of objects including furniture, sculptures, ceramics, drawings and prints.

The exhibition will also feature several photos of the artist at work, which allows me to once again briefly remind any artist who is listening that it is important that you document yourself at work because, as I often say, the history of art teaches us time and time again that documentation of an artist’s life and work methods is just as important as an artist’s works.

Anyways, let’s get back on track. Picasso moved to Cannes shortly after the second world war and of course, by then, he had already amassed a remarkable body of work but he was determined to keep experimenting. He also longed to escape a war-torn Paris, where he had lived for many years.

During this time, he was quite prolific in his experimentation with taking seemingly every day ceramic objects, and twisting and turning them into shapes, often animalistic shapes. This process actually gave new life to ceramics and from a personal standpoint, also showcases Picasso’s fascination with and love of animals, especially birds, but also animalistic forms in general.

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