Picasso’s Granddaughter Diana Widmaier Picasso in Conversation with curator-at-large Richard Kendall

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2010

June 24, 2010
For Immediate Release
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Picasso’s Granddaughter Diana Widmaier Picasso in Conversation with curator-at-large Richard Kendall on July 11 at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – On Sunday, July 11, Diana Widmaier Picasso, art historian and author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Pablo Picasso’s sculpture, discusses her grandfather’s work with Impressionist scholar Richard Kendall. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s groundbreaking exhibition Kendall and Widmaier Picasso will discuss her research on Pablo Picasso’s sculpture and address some of the professional and personal questions it raises. Diana Widmaier Picasso in Conversation with Richard Kendall will take place at 3 pm at the Clark. Admission is free to the lecture.

Widmaier Picasso and Kendall will talk about the discoveries she has made and the distinctive challenges posed by Picasso’s unorthodox techniques and materials. The two speakers will also consider Picasso’s interest in the sculpture of Degas, as represented in the current exhibition, and contrasts between Picasso’s and Degas’s approach to the medium. Diana Widmaier Picasso’s research has lead to the catalogue raisonné which was started in 2003 and to a published book; “Picasso: Art Can Only be Erotic” in 2005. Widmaier Picasso is Pablo Picasso's granddaughter by her grandmother Marie-Thérèse Walter, his mistress, model and muse from 1927 until the mid 1930s. Diana was born in 1971 to their daughter Maya just two years before Picasso's death. She studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and later specialized in Master Drawings at Sotheby's and at New York’s Metropolitan Museum.

Exhibition curator Richard Kendall met with members of the Picasso family, studied hundreds of works by Picasso and Degas, and visited archives, museums, and private collections in the United States and Europe while conducting research for the exhibition. Kendall is an independent exhibition curator and scholar specializing in the work of Edgar Degas, and also curator-at-large at the Clark. Originally trained as a painter and printmaker before taking an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, he has published books on Cezanne, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh. He curated several major exhibitions of the work of Degas in Britain and the United States and has written essays and reviews on the work of contemporary artists including Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, and Leon Kossoff.

Picasso Looks at Degas, on view June 13 through September 12, 2010, brings together over one hundred works from international museums and private collections which explore the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation through dramatic pairings and groupings. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for the exhibition; it will be presented at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona in the fall of 2010.
Picasso Looks at Degas was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona. It is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, and with the special cooperation of Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz- Picasso para el Arte.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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