Pablo Picasso will be the latest legendary artist to be featured at the new Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.
The exhibit, "Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics," will open its national tour at the arts center from Sept. 15 through Jan. 15. Forty ceramics pieces by Picasso, considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, will be on display as part of the installation.
"I had thought for a long time that a Picasso ceramics exhibit would be very exciting," said Carnegie Arts Center Executive Director and Curator Rebecca Phillips Abbott. "Picasso brought a wealth of experience derived from both his painting and sculpture and brings it all together in his ceramics in a way that was trailblazing. He was the first to treat ceramics like a fine-art discipline."
While better known for his painting (particularly the avant-garde cubist style he pioneered), sculpture and collages, Picasso also was a prolific ceramics artist later in his life.
He began making pieces at age 66 in collaboration with the artisans at their Madoura pottery workshop in southern France. The works in the exhibit, which all come from the Rosenbaum Collection, include a variety of plates, platters, bowls and vases.
Abbott said it took about a year to get the exhibit which will open just after the center's second anniversary booked in Turlock. The stop will be the first on a year-long U.S. tour for the collection, and so far the only one in California.
This will be the third internationally acclaimed artist to be displayed at the Carnegie. An exhibit of famed photographer Ansel Adams' work opened the center in September 2011. Then in October 2012, there was an installation of French impressionist Edgar Degas' private notebooks and works on paper.
Those shows brought between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors each to the artworks. In the past, attendees have come from as far as the Bay Area, Sacramento and Fresno. Abbott expects the same number, possibly more, to come for Picasso.
She said the exhibit includes many brightly colored pieces, which depict faces, animals, landscapes and more.
"They have great appeal, they really do," Abbott said. "It's really so easy to be a child and to enjoy them, and the same for adults and anyone who's studied arts. You have to have great imagination and skill to decorate."
Picasso continued to create ceramics until a couple of years before his death at age 91 in 1973. In his 25 years working with pottery, he made some 4,000 pieces.
Abbott said she hopes to have many school groups from the region come through the exhibit. She also plans to offer pottery classes and art seminars in conjunction with the show. Prime Shine Car Wash and Hilmar Cheese Co. are sponsoring the collection's visit.
Bringing auxiliary works that give more perspective on greats like Picasso and Degas is part of the center's mission, Abbott said.
"I think community art centers have a perspective to offer artists and exhibits like this that large urban museum might not make," she said. "(These exhibits) still make a contribution to the public's perception of Picasso. I'm really proud of everyone at the Carnegie for bringing it here."
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