“Picabia Alert” takes note of shows that include work by the wily French artist Francis Picabia (1879–1953), aiming to sate Picabia appetites until a retrospective of the artist arrives at the Kunsthaus Zurich and New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2016.
Picabias are out in force here at Art Basel this week, with at least four galleries offering up works by the maestro.
Galerie Michael Haas, which has a Picabia show up right now at its home base in Berlin, has the distinctly creepy French Cancan (1941–43), which looks almost like it could have been painted a few decades earlier in the heyday of German Expressionism. (It’s visible below.) Is she pleased to be lifting her dress? Not quite. Resigned to it? No. But her mind is certainly elsewhere. A very odd painting.
Last but not least, Paris’s Galerie 1900–2000 has, among its offerings, the late abstraction that it showed earlier this year at the SP-Arte fair in São Paulo. An alien shape, or life form, hovers in its center.
No doubt there may be more Picabias at the fair, ones I missed or ones just now emerging from backrooms. If you see some more, please let me know.