October 2010 Newsletter

Etchings: 1905-1943
October 8 - November 13, 2010
Opening reception: October 7, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Greg Kucera Gallery, in a joint venture with Davidson Galleries, is pleased to announce two complimentary exhibitions of prints by Pablo Picasso. In support of Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, showing at the Seattle Art Museum October 8 through January 17, Greg Kucera Gallery will be showing a variety of etchings highlighting Picasso’s mastery of the print medium.

It's not a reality you can take in your hand. It’s more like a perfume - in front of you, behind you, to the sides. The scent is everywhere, but you don’t quite know where it comes from. - Pablo Picasso

Several periods from Picasso’s career are represented. Le Saltimbanques etchings and drypoints, from Picasso’s Rose period beginning in 1905, portray the circus acrobats and performers mostly at rest and in domestic settings. A few of the artist’s Cubist prints will be on view. Exploring the fragmenting of forms into flattened areas of pattern and space, the subjects appear to be viewed from multiple angles at once.

During the early to mid-1930s the artist embarked on a series of etchings commissioned and published by art dealer Ambroise Vollard. The Vollard Suite uses the classical themes of the Minotaur and Pygmalion to convey Picasso’s view of himself as an untamable beast, an artist obsessed with his model, and eventually a combination of both artist and beast.
In 1936, Picasso began a series of 31 prints to accompany a natural history text by George-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon. Employing aquatint and sugar-lift, these prints were done spontaneously and quickly, completed in just one month. The Buffon etchings are playful and humorous, drawn not from life, but from his memories as a child seeing animals on the farm and in the circus.

His initial prints were drypoints, where his line was simply scratched into a metal plate. He worked with several considerable master printers who encouraged him, taught him and challenged him to make ever more complex prints. As his ability grew, so did his curiosity about prints that engaged mass as well as simple line, color in addition to black and white, and a broader scope of size and scale.

Picasso approached printmaking with the same unbridled sense of exploration with which he approached painting, sculpture and drawing. As he was the kind of artist who produced prints concurrent with his efforts in other media, each process can be seen to influence the others.

Please contact Greg Kucera Gallery, as well as Davidson Galleries, for information regarding these exhibitions.

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The Arc of Picasso
October 8 - November 13, 2010
Opening reception: October 7, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

The gallery will also mount a larger exhibition, in our front spaces, titled The Arc Of Picasso, revealing his continued influence--some 100 years after the beginning of his career--on contemporary Northwest artists. It's easy to say that every artist of the 20th century was influenced by Picasso, but, that's not entirely true, particularly not in a local sense of art's development.

We did not look for artists who literally channel Picasso's work or who quote directly from his works in imagery, fracturing, Cubism, or collaging, etc and end up with something that looks like Picasso’s. Rather, we looked for artists who take those ideas and make them look like their own. We looked for the artists who build on those innovations and bring them forward into the age in which we live. Exploring Cubist concerns, classical subjects, collage and assemblage this supplementary exhibition will feature the work of:

Gretchen Bennett – found material, sculptural collages, that imply cubism in their assembling

Deborah Butterfield - assemblage of found metal, minimal, skeletal image suggestive of a horse

Jacob Lawrence - Cubistic renderings of builders, an ongoing view of figures in motion

Isaac Layman - photography that relates to Analytical Cubism

Margie Livingston - collage of “found object” scraps of acrylic paint

Matthew Offenbacher - drawings of similar imagery with decidedly different goals

Joseph Park - fractured images with a cubist reference

Michael Spafford – paintings of the Minotaur and other classical subjects

Whiting Tennis - paper and object collage with paint

Robert Yoder - paper or object collages

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