Weekend Agenda: Francis Picabia

The Francis Picabia retrospective at MoMA is a must see. It’s the most ambitious US exhibition of his work to date and includes material from all phases of his career.  As you march through the artistic moments of Picabia’s life, it’s hard to believe that all of the work was made by the same person. The styles he tries out include Impressionism, Modernist abstraction, Realism, and Dadaism. Whether you like all of the work or not—and in my opinion, some of it is just not very good—it’s an intriguing insight into the life of a modern painter in the first half of the twentieth century. My favorite Picabia work, and the pieces that have probably had the most attention in the art market, are his Monsters executed in the 1920s. These surreal, often-double exposed portraits of kissing couples have a quirky beauty that really sticks with me!

Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change, Museum of Modern Art, November 21, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change, Museum of Modern ArtNovember 21, 2016 – March 19, 2017