Libby Lumpkin

  • Picabia: The Late Work

    It’s nice seeing ninety of these “bad paintings” together for the first time, but one wonders about curators Karin Klussmann and Zdenek Felix’s agenda—to establish the later Picabia as an anti-Modernist/Postmodernist pioneer—since Picabia swings both ways, always. In these late paintings, he embraces and mocks twentieth-century classicism, kitschy Hollywood nudes, and modernist abstraction—aspires to essentialist musical vibration and quintessential bad taste—as the mood strikes. Such incongruities constitute the shoal on which all theories of intentionality must founder, leaving us to ponder