Picasso said, “You can have all the perspectives at once!” What a hero. But tell me, are any of those perspectives a woman’s? Well, then I’m not interested. —Hannah Gadsby
Fifty years after his death, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) remains an artistic and cultural icon. Not only is Picasso a household name, but his artwork sells for record prices, continually asserting his status as the preeminent modern artist. It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby examines the artist’s complicated legacy through a critical, contemporary, and feminist lens, even as it acknowledges his work’s transformative power and lasting influence.
The Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition is organized with Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, whose groundbreaking 2018 comedy special Nanette called out the inexcusable behavior of some of art history’s most towering figures, Picasso in particular. Through in-gallery juxtapositions, accompanied by an audio tour featuring Gadsby’s incisive humor and sharp critique, It’s Pablo-maticshowcases over one hundred works, including pieces by Picasso and selections by twentieth- and twenty-first-century women artists such as Cecily Brown, Renee Cox, Käthe Kollwitz, Dindga McCannon, Ana Mendieta, Marilyn Minter, Joan Semmel, Kiki Smith, May Stevens, and Mickalene Thomas. Highlighting Gadsby’s voice alongside those of many of the included artists, the exhibition reckons with complex questions around misogyny, creativity, the art-historical canon, and “genius.”
It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Australian Comedian Hannah Gadsby, Brooklyn Museum until September 24
Image : Left Pablo Picasso 1920, c 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso/ARS, New York. Right Hannah Gadsby, 2018 (Photo Alan Moyle)
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