BULLETT’s intrepid reporter went to one of the most buzzed about art shows in New York City. He shares a page from his notebook:
Alright, walking into the Picasso show at the Gagosian and it’s definitely peaceful in here. Immediately you see a painting titled Marie-Thérèse avec une guirlande and it’s definitely very pretty, her hand looks like a deflated cartoon and her lips are, her lips are quite realistic. But, the gestures are still bold, developed with a clean edge. You know Picasso is good. The subject is all the same, this woman Marie Terise. There’s this one very beautiful drawing of her in the corner and her expression is lovable and she’s wearing a red beret. So I move on and get into some cubist stuff. Stick-y. Stick-y paintings, like a child’s toy from the 30’s made out of wood, like they’re meant to be put together and reassembled. Lots of boomerang shapes.
Funny sculpture here in the middle of the room. Looks like a public sculpture set on the steps at Copley Square, but it says do not sit. Probably because that’s the first thing you want to do. And relax. Some of these paintings are quite serious. Marie’s posing for him, a lot of these she must be in deep thought, sitting there getting painted by Picasso. What a wild thing to think about, actually. Terrifying. Kind of like a nightmare.The man and his striped blue shirt, wildly, wildly painting you and drinking wine. Although she loved him I suppose. But gosh: his bald head staring at you, your features, something about that is scary.
I mean some of these are truly just classics. You feel like you’ve seen them before. The show is Picasso’s ode to this one woman as curated by Gagosian. It’s nice to know how much somebody can love somebody. She was pretty gorgeous. Heavy emotions. And that’s love, ya know. And this show is up in the springtime in New York City. It’s a lovely time to talk about love. And at the end here there’s a video of this just to get a sense of how beautiful she was. What this love affair of his was about. Sort of put it in perspective, be able to relate. It certainly is beautiful.
The exhibit entitled PICASSO AND MARIE-THÉRÈSE, L’AMOUR FOU can be seen until June 25th at the Gagosian.