A (very) hectic week in the art world in NYC (Part I)
• On Monday, I went for a private curatorial walk-through of Picasso’s Themes and Variations at the MoMA. This exhibit features123 prints from the museum’s permanent collection highlighting many of Picasso’s explorations of print mediums. I loved the show’s curator and her take on the exhibit, particularly Picasso’s obsession with his women, lovers, wives and girlfriends from Olga Khokhlova to Francois Gillot to Dora Maar and Jacqueline Roque. They, plus many other unrecognized women, were all portrayed in the prints! Sometimes even together! If you haven’t seen it yet, the show will run until August 30. This is the phenomenal website that the MoMA put together for this exhibit: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/picassoprints/
• On Wednesday, I visited an art warehouse facility where I met art detective and scholar, Walter Maibaum. He has recently caused a stir in art world for claiming to have uncovered 75 previously unknown plaster sculptures by the Impressionist master, Edgar Degas. According to Walter, this is perhaps the most important art discovery in the past 100 years and it has generated an enormous amount of international publicity and controversy. I got to see and experience first-hand not only some of the discovered Degas plasters but also the bronzes cast from them. Among these bronzes is the gorgeous Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (Little Dancer Aged 14), of which there are 27 around the world, including one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, one at the Tate Collection in London and one at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. As a curious note, Walter told me that the Little Dancer’s tutu has been replaced several times in all these bronzes in museums around the world. Why? Because people touch them and also because of the delicate tulle of which these tutus are made of. In case you want to know more this is a link to the Degas-Maibaum story as reported by ArtNews http://www.artnews.com/issues/article.asp?art_id=2855
More about my immersion in art all week coming soon. Stay tuned!