• More on Picasso's Sculptures

    1 month ago - By Left Bank Art

    By Charles Kessler
    As I stated before , The Picasso Sculpture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art is like a huge group exhibition of a dozen great sculptors. The guy was a monster - some kind of freak.
    On a recent return visit, I was struck by the various ways Picasso used the base for his sculptures. (I am deliberately using the term base, because pedestal and stand imply more of a separation between the sculpture and its support than is usually the case with Picasso.) His bases, when he uses them at all, set off the work, but they also become a part of it. I'm not making a claim that...
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  • "The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art" at Yale

    "The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art" at Yale

    1 month ago - By Left Bank Art

    By Charles Kessler
    Installation view, The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art. In the foreground is John Mason's Untitled, Vertical Sculpture, 1961, glazed stoneware, 30 x 15 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches; and behind it to the left is Willem de Kooning's Untitled XIII, 1975, oil on canvas, 87 x 77 inches.. A major exhibition of ceramic art is unusual in itself, but what makes The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art (Yale University Art Gallery, through January 3rd) really extraordinary is that it places ceramic art in the context of other art of the period. The exhibition was co-curated by Jock Reynolds, the...
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