Douglas Cooper, after all a close friend, described the late work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) as the "incoherent chant of a frenetic old man in the antechamber of death". And even Henry Kahnweiler, his longtime gallery owner and dealer, had little understanding for the artistic production of the last years of the century genius. But was not Heiner Bastian, in his most recent catalog publication, Picasso, always the painter who had avoided any idealistic smoothing for which transgressions and rites of destruction were the driving force of self-renewal and self-assertion? In Picasso's late work - from which the Galerie Bastian am Kupfergraben, Berlin, from February 2011 presents a selection of 19 paintings - they appear again, the obscure objects of his desire, the alter egos of himself: painter and model, faun, harlequins, lovers, voyeurs, whores, couples, acts ... The imagery is drastic, relentless, shameless. Picasso now takes the liberty to disturb, to deliver the seemingly offensive to the irony, to use the shock as a provocation.
Schirmer / Mosel. With texts by Heiner Bastian, Aeneas Bastian and Pablo Picasso. 80 pages, 26 illustrations, 19 of which are color plates. Format: 23 x 30 cm, bound. German / English edition