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PICASSO: A Graphic View    Jul 14 - Sep 8, 2007

Corrida le Picador (JRFA 9099)
Pablo Picasso
Corrida le Picador (JRFA 9099), 1949
Gros oiseau, Visage noir
Pablo Picasso
Gros oiseau, Visage noir, 1951
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Jack Rutberg Fine Arts gallery opens its summer exhibition - Picasso: A Graphic View - Saturday, July 14, with a reception from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibition will extend through Saturday, September 8.

Picasso: A Graphic View will include nearly fifty works, including more than thirty etchings from Picasso’s important Vollard series executed in the 1930s. This series from Picasso’s neo-classical period includes some of the most iconic images created by the artist. Ambroise Vollard, who commissioned these remarkable etchings, was the pre-eminent champion and dealer of modern art in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. In the Vollard Suite, Picasso’s subjects metamorphose into mythical figures–gods and goddesses, centaurs and nymphs. It is an extraordinary sequence in which he explores the ideas of love, lust, the artist as creator and the mistress as muse.

During his lifetime (1881-1973), Picasso was a prolific artist who investigated virtually all media. His passion for printmaking was evident as he committed himself to every aspect of graphic work throughout his career, working in a range of techniques including etching, drypoint, aquatint, lithography, linocut, etc. He was wildly experimental and inventive, often ignoring technical considerations to create new achievements in the media. This exhibition is an ambitious survey of some of Picasso’s most important graphic work.

Picasso’s interest in creating original works in series extended beyond the confines of the flat surface when his expansion into three-dimensional possibilities was realized through his ceramic works. This exhibition will include select examples of Picasso’s ceramics from his earliest works of the late 1940s.

Concurrently, the gallery will also feature a group exhibition of select paintings and drawings by significant modern and contemporary artists.

Picasso: A Graphic View will extend from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, September 8. For further information phone (323) 938-5222. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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