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Derek Blasberg: Must Go

Picasso’s Women: Fernande to Jacqueline


May 3 – June 22, 2019


Gagosian Gallery – 980 Madison Avenue



Not only do I love Gagosian’s latest show ‘Picasso’s Women: Fernande to Jacqueline’ because of the subject matter -- it's inspired by the central role and influence of Picasso's lovers through the years -- but also, it is a tribute to the late, great art historian John Richardson; a longtime friend and colleague of the gallery’s. Richardson, who had a close relationship with the late artist, began speaking with Picasso in the early 1960s about the complexities of his pictorial thinking, particularly regarding his female portraiture depicting subjects with whom he was romantically involved. Decades later, John Richardson’s scholarly essay evolved into a multivolume biography titled, ‘A Life of Picasso;’ originally published in 1991.

While Picasso’s many muses, and, by consequence, life partners, evolved frequently over the course of his lifetime, the profound intimacy by which he rendered each of them remained unchanged. Realizing an unprecedented array of masterpieces that evoke beauty, poetry, drama and a raw reality of the changing times. I have worked with Larry Gagosian for a number of years and it is always an honor to be affiliated with a gallery that can mount this kind of museum-quality show.

Also, while I have you, put John Richardson's last book, ‘John Richardson at Home’ – which is devoted to his handsomely decorated houses – in your Amazon cart; you won’t be disappointed.

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Derek Blasberg is an acclaimed American journalist, author and television personality. Currently, Derek is the head of fashion & beauty partnerships at YouTube, and Executive Editor of Gagosian Quarterly.

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