They both liked fancy motorcars, and when they fell for women they really fell hard. It wasn’t a question of “machismo,” rather one of unmitigated passion, mixed with old-fashioned, swash- buckling adoration and awe. These were the kind of people… who set the stage upon which real heroes were allowed to tread…
Francis Picabia and Man Ray coupled together in this present bit of writing (and in this case, courtesy of the passionately inspired and dedicated Vito Schnabel, in the same intimate exhibition of their paintings as well), will, hopefully, offer an experience well worth remembering. This we will leave up to you: the visitor and viewer. Hopefully the delights presented in this small but multi-faceted show will serve your eye and your imagination in an entertaining and meaningful fashion. — Timothy Baum*
Now in its final week, the exhibition MAN RAY & PICABIA presents nine paintings from the 1920s through the 1950s by two key artists of Modernism’s avant-garde.
See link below for details.
Through May 14.
Vito Schnabel Gallery
43 Clarkson Street, New York City.
*From Timothy Baum’s essay “Man Ray and Picabia: Dada Brothers at Heart” in the forthcoming exhibition catalog.
Man Ray & Picabia, Vito Schnabel Gallery, March 25, 2021–May 15, 2021, from top: Man Ray, Peinture Feminine, 1954, oil on canvas; Francis Picabia, Helias, circa 1930, oil on canvas; Man Ray, Non-Abstraction, 1947, oil on panel; Francis Picabia, Femme á la chemise bleue, 1942–1943, oil on board; Man Ray, The Tempest, 1948, oil on canvas; Man Ray, Composition, 1954, oil on canvas; Francis Picabia, Mendica, circa 1929–1934, oil on canvas; Man Ray, The Tortoise, 1944, oil on canvas. Man Ray images © 2015 Man Ray Trust; Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; ADAGP, Paris 2021, courtesy of Vito Schnabel Gallery. Francis Picabia images © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; ADAGP, Paris, courtesy of Vito Schnabel Gallery.