Almine Rech Gallery, one of Paris’s foremost galleries, opened its first New York location more than a year ago on the Upper East Side, bringing with it a unique program that mixes a strong artist roster with a consistently adventurous curatorial project. For its most recent venture, the gallery has brought together key figures from the canon of 20th century Western art for Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go. Adapting its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the exhibition investigates ways artists use text as an allegorical element. Serving as a chronological and thematic starting point to the exhibition is Être ou ne pas être, Picasso’s 1912 painting considered as one of the foremost examples of appropriation of text in modern painting. Declaring “to be or not be” in French with gouache on paper, Picasso not only pays homage to one of the most emblematic texts ever written, but he also questions the mimetic essence of a painting. Can a painting of words serve to depict an image?
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New York, NY
Max Hetzler, Berlin
Rhode Island School of Design MFA, Providence Atlanta College of Art BFA, Atlanta
Walker, an African-American painter, often tackles issues like race, gender, violence and identity. Much of her work deals specifically with African diaspora as well as reminding of the horrors and grim realities that characterized the 19th American South. She often draws on famous characters from American literature and folklore to reveal subtle racism and stereotypes.
Walker’s work has been exhibited in museums like The Renaissance Museum in Chicago, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Famous works include ‘Motherland‘ and the large-scale exhibit For the Benefit of All Mankind (Mos’ Specially the Master One, Boss).
In 2007, she was included in Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential artists and entertainers. She is currently a faculty member of Columbia University’s MFA program.
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