Ryan Gander “Moonlighting”

Taro Nasu

poster for Ryan Gander “Moonlighting”
[Image: ©Ryan Gander Courtesy of Taro Nasu, "Moonlighting" (2018)]

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“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Picasso but it less about his art and more about how the media viewed him and how he viewed himself”, says artist Ryan Gander who has given much thought on the mythology of artists and recently published a collection of work titled “Picasso and I” (Remai Modern 2017). Pablo Picasso is a giant of 20th-century art. Picasso, who often had a photographer follow his daily life, could be described as a tableau vivant or living picture of what it means to be an artist. What is happening at the moment when a fictional image transcends real life, at the moment when a fictional image conquers the truth and takes on a life of its own? This is the question that Gander asks and attempts to answer in this exhibit of 406 of his drawings, cartoons, and wallpaper art. Gander’s 406 pieces are imitations of Picasso’s most famous images. Do we aim our attention Gander’s superb drawings and their accurate capturing of the characteristics of Picasso’s or rather is it that the unique of Picasso’s work is so strong that no matter who drew them they would capture our attention? Picasso’s brand is in his genius at creating work that was recognizable at a glance as his. “My work is neither praise or criticism of Picasso. What I’m trying to do is understand how Picasso’s persona itself surpassed even his own work. I will consider it a success if I come even to a little more understanding of Picasso.“ Through the genius of Picasso, Gander’s latest work attempts to understand “what does the self require of itself?”

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from May 19, 2018 to June 16, 2018

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Ryan Gander

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