By incorporating recognizable images, portraiture and even narratives into their paintings, the late Frenchman Francis Picabia, American Julian Schnabel, and the late Dane J.F. Willumsen shook up a 20th century art world dominated by the surreal and the abstract.
An exhibition at the NSU Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale Oct. 12 to Feb. 1 will feature 75 works by the polarizing artists. Titled Café Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen, the exhibition draws its name from Dolly the cloned sheep, whose controversial birth in 1996 stirred debate on cultural norms and ethics.
The three artists challenged “conventional notions” of taste and style, says the museum’s director and chief curator Bonnie Clearwater, adding their works were, “not a rejection of modern art at a time when abstract art was the dominant order, but rather the result of their philosophical inquiry into the very nature of esthetics.”
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