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Olivier Widmaier Picasso
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Picasso's 'The Weeping Woman,' 1937
Known as a pioneer of Cubism, as well as a major contributor to Surrealism and Symbolism, Spanish-born Pablo Picasso was a painter, a sculptor, and a dabbler in both ceramics and printmaking. Influenced by the likes of Cézanne and Henri Rousseau, Picasso defied convention, revolutionizing how artists interact with intangible spaces and concrete objects.
Today, Picasso's grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso, son of Pierre Widmaier and Maya Picasso (daughter of Pablo and Marie-Therese Walter) is a well-known author and producer and holds the titles, awarded by the French government, of both Chevalier and Officier des Arts et des Lettres. You can hear Olivier speak about his grandfather's legacy and his own path as a writer this November, as part of the Gibbes' distinguished lecture series.
Olivier's 2013 biography Picasso: Portrait intime
details the life of his famous grandfather, with exclusive interviews and testimonies from people who knew the 20th century painter when he was alive, as well as extensive archival material and photographs. Recently, Olivier was involved in the record high sale for a Cubism piece, Picasso's Femme Assise
, which sold
for $63.7M at auction.
Millionaire artist Jeff Koons talks art, objectivity, and a higher consciousness
It's Koons' World
At 61, Jeff Koons is one of the most prolific — and profitable — artists alive. It can be overwhelming to witness Koons, to try to understand his years of work: his found art, his inflatables, his monumental sculptures, his Kama Sutra-inspired series. How does one approach an artist, infamous in the art world, best known by society as the guy who sold a sculpture for $58.4 million dollars, the highest amount ever paid to a living artist? Well, you start from the beginning.
Gibbes executive director Angela Mack says, "Through his work, Olivier Picasso has provided a magnificent glimpse into the life of his grandfather that would otherwise have been a mystery to the art world.” The talk is held on Nov. 9 at the Sottile Theater starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for members, $60 for non-members, and $15 for students. Purchase tickets online
or by calling (843) 722-2706 x 221.