Lifetime Posters by Mourlot Complement Main Exhibition in The Alcove
ModernMasters Fine Art presents one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century as part of A Fine Art Experience at the Conrad, the ongoing comprehensive art program at Conrad Indianapolis (50 West Washington Street, Indianapolis). Opening on September 4, Pablo Picasso’s prints from 1905 to 1968 will grace the five-star hotel’s lobby area until October 14, 2012. On the heels of ‘Factory Made Flowers’ – the summer show which featured works by Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and American photographer William John Kennedy – this exhibition “Picasso Prints” spotlights a rare series of 25 works by Picasso, including etchings, lithographs and linoleum cuts that are valued in the millions. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“As the global art market continues to question contemporary art valuations, Picasso’s works require little second-guessing. His name is the most notable in modern art, a master in every sense of the word, in every medium he touched.” Rhonda Long-Sharp, J.D. owner of ModernMasters Fine Art.
“Picasso Prints” at Conrad Indianapolis has been curated as a narrative exploring the most significant periods of Picasso’s career. Many works are depicted in the latest book: A Picasso Portfolio, Prints from the Museum of Modern Art, by Deborah Wye. This text was published in conjunction with the 2010 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) retrospective, and copies will be made available to visitors for reference during the show.
Beginning with a rare hand-signed etching from 1905 portraying the Saltimbanques - performers admired by Picasso - several themes in the exhibit illustrate the artist's progression in print mediums and subject matter, along with his exploration of realism, neoclassism, cubism and beyond.
Long-Sharp invites hotel guests and locals into Picasso’s romantic life, selecting works of women important to him including Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot, and his second and last wife, Jacqueline Roque. Further, thought to be the most important series of prints of the 1900s, examples from Picasso's Suite Vollard will figure prominently in the show; along with works from renowned sources Galerie Louis Leris, the collection of Henry Petiet, Collection Arnéra and the Marina Picasso Collection.
Central to the exhibition is an original self portrait drawing by Picasso, authenticated by his estate. All profits from this sale will benefit the Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization that provides direct medical assistance and healthcare services to low-income communities in the developing world through short-term medical units.
In The Alcove of the Conrad Indianapolis and complementing the main show, Long-Sharp will also present lifetime posters authorized by Picasso and created with the assistance of notable printer Fernand Mourlot. It is widely accepted that Mourlot helped Picasso expand his thinking and abilities in lithography. Well-known in fine art circles, he is often mentioned alongside modern masters such as Matisse, Chagall, Miró and Braque, to name a few. The poster collection offered for viewing and acquisition at Conrad Indianapolis has a provenance of the family of Fernand Mourlot.
ModernMasters Fine Art was assisted in bringing the Pablo Picasso exhibit to Indianapolis by noted Picasso print expert and member of the International Fine Art Print Dealers Association, Mr. John Szoke (New York), and Mr. Eric Mourlot, grandson of Fernand Mourlot (New York).
For additional information about the show, including exhibition hours, please visit www.modernmastersfab.com or contact Rhonda Long-Sharp by phone at 866.370.1601 or via email at Rhonda@modernmastersfab.com.
More About ModernMasters Fine Art
ModernMasters Fine Art specializes in the acquisition of rare hand-signed works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, and Robert Indiana. Each of these artists is recognized as pioneers in the modern and contemporary art world and has a long-lasting, uninterrupted history of positive auction results and respect in the market. Rhonda Long-Sharp, J.D., an IFAA (www.ifaacertified.com) appraiser and owner of ModernMasters, examines and verifies the authenticity of each piece, allowing ModernMasters Fine Art to provide an unparalleled guarantee that works will be authentic and that the condition is as represented.
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Editor’s Note: High-res images available upon request
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Co-creator of Cubism, Picasso was essential in the development of the image of the modern artist. Episodes of his life were narrated in intimate detail, his comments on art were published and his working methods recorded on film. Painting was his principal medium but his sculptures, prints, theater designs and ceramics all had an impact on their respective fields. Picasso was born October 25, 1881 in Spain and by the time he died in France in April 1973, had created a staggering 22,000 pieces of art in a variety of mediums. His works are featured in over 120 major museums worldwide.
In 1973, Szoke established John Szoke Graphics where he founded and published limited edition, signed and numbered original prints by important artists. He has published the catalogs raisonne of important artists as well. A dozen years ago, Szoke limited his focus to works of paper of Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch. Szoke, former two-term president of the Fine Arts Publisher's Assoction, and member of the International Fine Prints Dealers Association, is widely regarded as one of the premier experts on Picasso prints in the United states.