A much-heralded, mega-Picasso show with 250 works of art opened yesterday at AIC and the lines form; Packer Schopf shows a trio of locals and an off-season success at Red Arrow Gallery.
Mega-Picasso Show at the AIC Opened Yesterday: One of the major controversies of my youth was when Pablo Picasso's largest three-dimensional work Monument for Richard J. Daley Plaza arrived in 1965. Was it a horse, a woman, a guitar, an ant-eater? This may have been the original source of my interest in the monumental artist but there were others: I was born on Picasso's birthday for one thing. In 1996, Arriana Huffington, who was not yet married to Michael Huffington, wrote a biography of Picasso that took a sympathetic position towards the women in his life. Picasso's life is quite a story if you haven't read any of the biographies, but seeing 250 paintings might help illuminate the situation.
The fact that I missed through all these years of trying to understand Picasso was that the AIC was the first museum in America to show his work in 1913. Like everyone I know, the first real Picasso I saw was hanging at the Art Institute, which has quite a few masterpieces. I used to enjoy finding his paintings at particular times in his life when I was that age. (He painted the harlequins that I love so much when he was in his 40s. Picasso and Chicago is the AIC’s first large scale Picasso exhibit in nearly thirty years, and will display paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and ceramics, it's been in member previews for four days and officially opened Wednesday in Regenstein Hall. The show will constantly mobbed and everyone will have to see it and we only have until May 12th to do it.It will be stressful, but we will have to figure it out.
For this weekend though you can take solace, Aron Packer is showing three very interesting Chicago artists, who have some of those “disturbing" qualities that you can find in Picasso's work. The no-tickets-needed reception for Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Peter Karklins and Don Di Sante, at Packer Schopf Gallery at 942 W. Lake St. starts tomorrow at 5 pm. The exhibition will be up through March 30 and the gallery is open from 11 am-5:30 pm Tuesday – Saturday.
Red Arrow Gallery Stages Successful Off-Season Party: Jan Gildo reports that about 200 people showed up for last Saturday night's John Hancock-led winterfest. “Glad we put in a stage,” Jan says. She thinks the live entertainment pushed the button on a cabin-feverish crowd of weekenders, many from Chicago. As Jan points out, you are always taking a chance on snow with parties in February, but at least for last weekend it all worked out.