SMITH visits New York - Part One

SMITH was recently in New York and spent time ogling the Picasso and Jacqueline Show at Pace on East 57th Street which explored Picasso's fascination with Jacqueline Roque, his long time muse and wife. Many of the works were on loan from the family estate and were on view to the public for the first time, while others were on loan from private collections and museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition was curated over 3 years by Arne Glimcher, the founder of Pace. Our Director, Candace Marshall-Smith, said that: "I felt honored to be in the company of such notable work. Seeing this exhibition of Picasso's original work in the form of painting, printmaking and sketching was a true privilege." Unfortunately photography inside the exhibition was strictly prohibited but you can read more about this fascinating exhibition on the Pace website here:

At the same time the Gagosian Gallery on West 21st Street was hosting an exhibition of photographs taken by and of Picasso. The photographs span a period of 60 years and show how Picasso used photography as a source of inspiration and how photography was an integral part of his studio practice. The collection includes photographs taken of Picasso by various photographers who he engaged with over time. Apparently Picasso said to his long time friend and highly acclaimed Hungarian photographer Brassai: '..I want to leave as complete a record as possible for posterity." The exhibition was curated by Picasso biographer John Richardson. Again photography inside the exhibition was strictly prohibited but you can read more about this exhibition of photographs on the Gagosian Website: http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/picasso--the-camera--october-28-2014