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Francis Picabia : our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction

Author: Anne Umland; Catherine Hug; Francis Picabia
Publisher: New York : The Museum of Modern Art, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Among the great modern artists of the past century, Picabia is one of the most elusive, given his extreme eclecticism and persistent acts of self-contradiction. Though known as a Dadaist, Picabia's ongoing stylistic shifts, from Impressionism to radical abstraction, from mechanical imagery to pseudo-classicism, and from photo-based realism to art informel remain to be assessed in depth. Similarly, the breadth of his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Francis Picabia; Francis Picabia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Umland; Catherine Hug; Francis Picabia
ISBN: 9781633450035 1633450031
OCLC Number: 965118370
Description: 1 volume ; 31 cm
Contents: Foreword / Glenn D. Lowry and Christoph Becker --
Acknowledgments / Anne Umland and Cathérine Hug --
Francis Picabia: an introduction / Anne Umland --
Francis Picabia, once removed / Gordon Hughes --
The body after cubism / George Baker --
War, exile, and the machine / Adrian Sudhalter --
"I'm feeling somewhat better" / Juri Steiner --
Picabia's worldliness / Briony Fer --
Relâche and the music hall / Carole Boulbès --
Francis "Funny Guy" Picabia and Entr'acte / Jean-Jacques Lebel --
Art = Sun = Destruction / Aurélie Verdier --
The secret recesses of Picabia's transparencies / Masha Chlenova --
More powerful, more simple, more human painting / Bernard Marcadé --
Francis Picabia's "war" / Michèle C. Cone --
Painting, poetry, and impudent correspondence / Carole Boulbès --
"The sacrilege of the points": Francis Picabia's quasi-monochromes and the return of dada / Arnauld Pierre --
Jokes and their relation to modern art: Picabia's painting / David Joselit --
Picabia after Picabia / Cathérine Hug --
Pharamousse, funny guy, Picabia the loser: the life of Francis Picabia / Rachel Silveri --
Checklist of the exhibition / Natalie Depêcher with Talia Kwartler.
Responsibility: Anne Umland, Catherine Hug.

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Among the great modern artists of the past century, Picabia is one of the most elusive, given his extreme eclecticism and persistent acts of self-contradiction. Though known as a Dadaist, Picabia's ongoing stylistic shifts, from Impressionism to radical abstraction, from mechanical imagery to pseudo-classicism, and from photo-based realism to art informel remain to be assessed in depth. Similarly, the breadth of his practice, which encompassed poetry, film and performance is under-recognized. Each makes him a figure relevant for contemporary artists, while the career as a whole challenges familiar narratives of modernism. Francis Picabia presents over 100 paintings, complemented by works on paper, publications, and film. Featuring some 500 illustrations and 14 essays, it examines the full range of Picabia's oeuvre.

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