PRINT December 2003

Isabelle Graw


1 Francis Picabia (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) For me, painting is interesting only if it shows an awareness of its own sheer meaninglessness and ridiculous claims. This well-curated exhibition demonstrated how Picabia not only reacted to the artistic conventions around him (Impressionism and Cubism, for instance) but also effectively changed their direction. The show’s ambition was to present the “whole” Picabia, revealing how each of the artist’s “turns” was about communicating with his peers as much as taking a unique position as a cultural producer. My favorite works are the mechanical drawings, which represent, as far as I know, the first reconciliation between automatism and expression.

2 Galerie Meerrettich (Berlin) Run by artist Josef Strau, the Galerie Meerrettich is housed in a small pavilion set next to the Volksbühne, the hippest theater in Berlin.

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