Picasso and African art
Pablo Picasso is famous for his use of African masks in his work 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon' (1907).
Confluencias en el barro (Confluences in clay) juxtaposes works of Western ceramic art with African ceramics. The former borrow in both subtle and obvious ways from traditional African art forms. The works on display bear striking similarity—in form, adornment, surface effects, or profiles—but serve dramatically different purposes. Whereas African ceramics are marked by their usefulness, and their traditional and anonymous nature, contemporary Western ceramics are a personal, free form of artistic expression. How then, the curators ask, to explain this formal proximity?
Opening reception, Tuesday February 23rd at 7pm