The Guggenheim Museum in New York presents “Young Picasso in Paris” from May 12 through August 6. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) first visited Paris in 1900, when he was 19 years old, before settling there in 1904. He traveled to Paris because his work was included in the Universal Exhibition. During his two-month trip, Picasso visited galleries, cafes, nightclubs, and dance halls, met people, and was deeply influenced by the ‘city of light.’
The centerpiece of the exhibition is ‘Le Moulin de la Galette (1900),’ depicting the darkened dance hall with lights glowing over the head of people dancing close to each other. The show sees Picasso’s Paris visit as the turning point in his career, which shifted his works from his previously trained styles to his unique development and presents small-scale oil paintings and drawings from his character studies during the period.
As 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Picasso, the French and Spanish governments are organizing an international exhibition project, ‘Picasso Celebration 1973-2023.’ This year, more than 50 exhibitions honoring Picasso will take place at leading institutions in cities around the world, including New York, Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris.
Sage Culture Gallery in Los Angeles presents “Valle Mortis,” a solo exhibition by Australian-American artist Brooke Holm (b. 1987), through June 3. Holm is known for her photographs of architecture and natural landscapes. In this show, she juxtaposes aerial photographs of California’s Death Valley with NASA’s high-resolution images of Mars.
The topographical similarities between Death Valley and Mars are sensually rendered, and the lenticular printing technique of the Death Valley images gives the viewer the visual effect of witnessing the transformation of Earth into a Martian landscape, as the images change three-dimensionally depending on the viewer’s angle. By exploring the visual similarities between terrestrial and celestial bodies, the artist aims to address the ecology of humanity and the time between the past and future as humans begin to explore Mars as an alternative to the crisis on Earth.
Sage Culture Gallery opened in 2017, showcasing artists who use natural objects as materials or seek an organic relationship with nature in their process. The gallery’s artists include Brooke Holm, Mitch Iburg, Andrew Parker, Filipa TojalBrooke Holm, Domingos Tótora, Magdalena Karpinska, and others whose work straddles the boundaries between art, craft, and design.
The Americas Society in New York presents “Arthur Bispo do Rosario: All Existing Materials on Earth” through May 20. Brazilian artist Arthur Bispo do Rosario (1909-1989) has been shown primarily in Europe, and this is his first major exhibition in the United States.
Rosario spent most of his life in a psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro, suffering from schizophrenia. The exhibition’s title comes from an angel who visited Rosario one December night in 1938, told him he was Jesus, and gave him the task of recording and reproducing all material on Earth. From then on, except for a decade in between, he was confined to the hospital until his death. He took the angel’s words as his mission and created more than 1,000 works in the hospital. His materials were anything he could find on the wards: slippers, spoons, metal cups, colored paper, and thread from patients’ uniforms.
His masterpiece, ‘Annunciation Garment,’ is a cloak made from a terracotta-colored blanket he prepared to wear when he met God, embroidered with train tracks, a grand piano, a pool table, a chessboard, Marine Corps signals, and the names of women he knew. His embroideries and objects began to attract attention outside the ward as works of art, and he gained international recognition when he was included in the 1995 Venice Biennale. Rosario continued to create until his last days, guided by the ‘voices’ he heard, and died in the hospital in 1989.