Picasso: The Artist and His Models
Saturday, November 5, 2016 to Sunday, February 19, 2017
Thanks to the generosity of M & T Bank, a new and exciting exhibition has been made possible for the enjoyment of art lovers and Picasso fans throughout the Western New York area.
Opening Saturday November 2 and running through Sunday February 19, 2017, the paintings of artist Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) exhibit, “Picasso: The Artist and His Models” will be on display at the Albright Knox museum in Buffalo.
According to the Museum, this exhibit features significant paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints by Picasso (between 1906 and the mid-1960s) from the Albright-Knox’s collection. Additional iconic paintings by the artist, which have been carefully selected from museums in both Europe and the United States, will draw connections between the conceptual and stylistic developments of his work. This exemplary grouping will be contextualized by a further selection of works by Picasso’s contemporaries from the Albright-Knox’s collection. These include Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Stuart Davis (American, 1892–1964), Albert Gleizes (French, 1881–1953), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927), Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Jean Metzinger (French, 1883–1956), Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986), and Morgan Russell (American, 1886–1953), among others.
Picasso: The Artist and His Models is the second chapter in the Albright-Knox’s “Transformations in Modern Art” exhibition series, launched in 2015 with Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860–1910.
The museum further states, “The ensemble of works in Picasso: The Artist and His Models reveals the ways in which the artist played a major role in the development of modern art by calling into question conventional ideas about art as the imitation of reality. Throughout his prolific career, Picasso varied his hand, often reinventing himself as well as his models. In some cases, he reimagined the same subject numerous times, making his ingenuity all the more evident. However, the matrix of all his subjects was the theater of life: the sensory experience in which he was simultaneously an actor and an observer. By reconciling these two roles, Picasso created an enduring visual dialogue that remains infinitely complex and dynamic.”
The museum goes on to say, that at the core of this exhibition is an exploration of Picasso’s extraordinary ability to translate three dimensions into two-dimensional evocations. His countless models, which naturally included his friends and his lovers, also comprised mundane objects whose shapes and interrelations intrigued him. Throughout his work, the artist engaged with other important archetypes from literature, music, theater, fashion, and popular culture, as well as history and art. His close personal relationships with many of his subjects allowed him to distill their energy and infuse it into works of art across various mediums.
Please take some time out between now and February to witness this once in a lifetime event at the Albright Knox. The following is a schedule of the Museums hours and fees:
Tuesday, 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday, 10 am–5 pm
Thursday, 10 am–5 pm*
Friday, 10 am–5 pm
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
M&T FIRST FRIDAYS, 10 am–10 pm
*Please note: The Albright-Knox will be open until 9 pm on Thursdays from November 17, 2016, through February 16, 2017, during the special exhibition Picasso: The Artist and His Models.
Special Museum Admission
(November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017)
Includes admission to Picasso: The Artist and His Models.
College Students, $12
Youth (Ages 6–18), $9
Children 5 and under, FREE
Closed Mondays and Independence, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days.