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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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
North Miami, Florida 33161
Sunday Noon – 5pm
Last Friday of the Month 7pm – 10pm
$3 Students and Seniors
Free for children under 12 and North Miami residents
By donation on Tuesday
MoCA in North Miami opened its 23,000 square foot building in February 1996 and shows around 10 exhibitions each year. The museum’s permanent collection is comprised of over 400 works, including artists such as John Baldessari, Dan Flavin, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco and Raymond Pettibon.