Carol Vogel’s New York Times column announces another exhibition of Picasso’s work organized by John Richardson and his grandson Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. The late work show at Gagosian was so successful, drawing 100,000 visitors, they’ve decided to back up an era and offer a prequel:
The show, “Pablo Picasso: The Mediterranean Years (1945-1961),” will run June 4 through Aug. 28 at the gallery’s Britannia Street space, […] For this new show Mr. Richardson, a Gagosian adviser, and Mr. Ruiz-Picasso are moving back in time. “During World War II his paintings were very funereal and dreary, as though they were contained within gray walls,” Mr. Richardson said in a telephone interview. “But when he suddenly goes to the south of France, to the Cote d’Azur, it becomes a protean period of incredible virtuosity, where he revolutionizes sculptures, revolutionizes engraving techniques, revolutionizes ceramics and comes up with paintings that pit him against the great masters of the past.” […] The show, which will feature about 100 works, will be more varied than the first exhibition. Besides paintings, drawings and prints, it will include ceramics and sculptures of all kinds: bronze, wood, those that incorporate found objects and some cut from metal. Loans are coming primarily from family members like Mr. Ruiz-Picasso, but there will be a few museum loans too.