Academy Mansion, East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065, US
At the heart of Delirious Picasso was British artist Wolfe von Lenkiewicz with his debut exhibition in New York City. In his latest series of oil paintings, von Lenkiewicz juxtaposed Picasso’s oeuvre with ukiyo-e, a Japanese genre of woodblock prints and paintings, to explore the harmony between Eastern and Western artistic traditions.
Synthesizing restraint and grandeur, the artist combined flat perspective with sumptuous colour and use of pattern, as exemplified in ukiyo-e. He reinterpreted the work of both the 19th-century Japanese painter, Kikugawa Eizan and Picasso, deriving particular inspiration from the spontaneity and vitality of the latter.
Von Lenkiewicz’s presentation was comprised of two distinct series of works, entitled The Guards of the Void and The Giants. The grand reconfigured paintings combined Picasso motifs with courtesan and samurai figures to form a potent new visual language. This provocative, iconoclastic act liberates the borrowed paintings from their cultural mythos, reinvigorating the icons by transforming them into bold, enigmatic prototypes.
Von Lenkiewicz’s deft handling of these seemingly disparate aesthetics form an arresting series of paintings that, in dialogue with the works of Picasso, demonstrate the reconcilable nature of Eastern and Western artistic practices.
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