[Item #5951] Francis Picabia: Accommodations of Desire (Transparences 1924-1932). Sarah Wilson, Francis Picabia.
Francis Picabia: Accommodations of Desire (Transparences 1924-1932)
Francis Picabia: Accommodations of Desire (Transparences 1924-1932)
Francis Picabia: Accommodations of Desire (Transparences 1924-1932)

Francis Picabia: Accommodations of Desire (Transparences 1924-1932)

New York, NY: Kent Fine Art Inc., 1989. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. "Francis Picabia's Transparencies mingle Buddhas and sphinxes, apocalyptic lambs and mantilla-clad Espagnoles, the civilizations of Renaissance Italy and the French Riviera of the late 1920s. Subaqueous colorings and varnishes lend his work a dreamlike quality. While they are melancholic reflections upon time past and the musee imaginaire of the twentieth-century painter, these hermetic works- interpreted as occult visions at the time- can be seen to augur certain postmodern anxieties: we too are crushed with fatigue in museums as we approach a new fin de siecle." (pg. 5) A survey-study of artworks by Francis Picabia (1879-1953), the great French artist & polymath who was closely associated with the Dada & Surrealist art movements. This volume concentrates on Picabia's transcendent "Transparence" artworks he created during 1924-1932. With the title scholarly essay by Sarah Wilson, the noted British-born art historian & curator (we can't help note that the title 'Accomommodations of Desire' is also that of a favorite Salvador Dali painting of 1929), profusely footnoted; many captioned reproductions of historic photographs of Picabia in the company of Marcel Duchamp & other legendary colleagues; & a section of 18 color plates of Picabia's 'Transperence' artworks. A beautiful production, hardcover in boards with cloth spine without dust jacket as issued, first edition, one of a first printing of 2750 copies as stated on colophon/copyright page at rear leaf. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum- world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent art & book collectors- the dearly beloved parents of this grieving writer. A rare & elegant Picabia-related collectible with distinguished provenance. In very fine condition with only a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #5951]

Price: $60.00