Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction
Among the great modern artists of the past century, Francis Picabia (French, 1879–1953) also remains one of the most elusive. He vigorously avoided any singular style, and his work encompassed painting, poetry, publishing, performance and film. This exhibition, featuring over 200 works, aims to advance our understanding of Picabia’s relentless shape-shifting. This will be the first exhibition in the United States to chart his entire career. Read more.
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Têtes superposées (Superimposed Heads) (1938), Francis Picabia Private collection. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Je revois en souvenir ma chère Udnie (I See Again in Memory My Dear Udnie) (1914), Francis Picabia © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, John Wronn
Femmes au bull-dog (Women with Bulldog) (c. 1941), Francis Picabia © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Jean-Claude Planchet/Dist. RMN–Grand Palais/Art Resource, New York.
Les Amoureux (Après la pluie) (The Lovers [After the Rain]) (1925), Francis Picabia © Musée d’Art Moderne/Roger-Viollet
Idylle (Idyll) (c. 1925–27), Francis Picabia © 2016 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Musée de Grenoble