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‘World’s Largest’ Picasso portrait by an Italian land artist


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Comedian Hannah Gadsby to curate show about Picasso

Pablo Picasso, 1968
Courtesy- Art News

Five years after they memorably skewered Pablo Picasso in their 2018 comedy special Nanette, Hannah Gadsby is organizing an exhibition about the artist for the Brooklyn Museum, where it will open this summer. The show, titled “It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby,” is set to feature nearly 100 works, many of them done by women artists. Its description promises a new look at “the artist’s complicated legacy through a critical, contemporary, and feminist lens, even as it acknowledges his work’s transformative power and lasting influence.” On the artist list are some artists who’ve explicitly responded in the past to Picasso’s art such as Mickalene Thomas, who told the New York Times last week that she had interacted with his work as “a way to dismantle the modernist ‘boys club’ and also the artistic colonialism, derived from contact with Africa, that inspired or discovered Cubism.” Also included is the German artist Kathe Köllwitz, who even bought Picasso’s art while he was still alive. Details on Art News.

Adrian Piper ends relationship with LGDR, a power player in the market

Adrian Piper, 2015
Courtesy- News Beezer

Adrian Piper, a famed artist and philosopher known for her performances, writings, and conceptual artworks dealing with racism and rationality, has publicly severed ties with LGDR, the gallery that listed her on its roster. While Piper made the announcement by email newsletter on Monday morning, she stated that she had cut off her relationship with LGDR and Lévy Gorvy, a now-defunct gallery that was run by two of LGDR’s founders, on January 20, 2023. Noting that it “now seems necessary to announce publicly” her departure from those galleries, Piper directed the newsletter’s readers to her foundation’s website, where her art could be acquired “independently of third-party intermediaries.” Read more on News Beezer.

‘World’s Largest’ Picasso portrait by an Italian land artist

An aerial view of the land artwork made by artist Dario Gambarin
Courtesy- The Indian Express

Picasso’s legacy looms large over the art world ever since the world first saw his Cubist masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). Now, thanks to Italian land artist Dario Gambarin, the Spanish master’s visage also looms large over a tract of wasteland in Castagnaro, VeronaGambarin has made a name for himself for using a tractor to create portraits of the world’s most famous individuals, plowing their likenesses into 25,000 square meters of earth in Northern Italy. According to The GuardianGambarin “said he was inspired by Picasso’s 1907 self-portrait to create….the largest portrait of the Spanish artist in the world.” “I wanted to dedicate this colossal portrait to Picasso because he is one of those masters from whom you never stop learning,” Gambarin told The Straits Times. For more details refer to The Indian Express.

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