Porter Contemporary is pleased to announce Drink to Me, a group exhibition highlighting contemporary artists’ views of Pablo Picasso opening with an artists’ reception on April 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and continuing through May 18, 2013.
The exhibition’s timing coincides with the 40th anniversary of Picasso’s death, April 8, 1973, a date of importance shared with gallery director and owner, Jessica L. Porter who shares her birthday with his date of passing. Porter has planned on hosting and curating this exhibition since opening Porter Contemporary seven years ago. Her academic pursuits focused on France during the time Picasso spent working there and she is interested in seeing how contemporary artists view Pablo Picasso 40 years later. “The response from artists has been truly inspirational and fascinating to see the diversity of viewpoints on one man in a creative context” says Porter. The title of the exhibition is drawn from Picasso’s final words "Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink any more”.
The exhibition will include approximately twenty artists from around the world who are interpreting their vision of Picasso whether good, bad or indifferent. The exhibition will not be a re-creation of Picasso’s works but rather an interpretation of them by contemporary artists. Highlights from the exhibition include two works inspired by Picasso’s own words, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal”. Jason Bryant’s portrait painting of Picasso (above) is titled the same and painted as a dual portrait—“stealing” imagery by a staged photograph of him taken in 1948 and from the artist VCJ whose dragon Bryant has painted wrapping around Picasso’s arm. The second is a still life created by Jeff Huntington (right) from magazine clippings harnessing Picasso’s early collage works of appropriating imagery. Drink to Me also includes works inspired from his artwork rather than his words like Catherine Tafur’s cubist inspired painting “Guitar”, Jan Huling’s beaded “Picasso’s Bull’s Head” sculpture, and Anne Marchand’s abstract work “Blue Curtain” (below) hallmarking geometrical shapes, reduction of planes and monochromatic color.
Roberta Allen, Bryan Austin, Jennie Barrese, Jason Bryant, Louise Daddona, Flavio Galvan, Naoto Hattori, Jan Huling, Jeff Huntington, JaH-HaHa, Andrew Maglathlin, Anne Marchand, Judith Mullen, Jennifer Murray, Chaltin Pagan, Bruno Perillo, Simone Spicer, Catherine Tafur, Preston Trombly, Roy Wiemann, Tom Wilson, Jane Zweibel
What: Drink to Me—Contemporary Views of Pablo Picasso 40 Years Later, Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: April 4 – May 18, 2013
Opening Reception: April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 PM