Francis Picabia and Sigmar Polke
Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery
1150 25th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
April 11 – June 10, 2017
Now on view at Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery, Francis Picabia and Sigmar Polke is an exhibition organized in collaboration with Michael Werner Gallery, pairing the two artists to suggest connections between their work, and in particular between their uses of overlapping line and form. The exhibition includes a major painting by each artist, as well as works on paper and hand-colored gelatin silver prints. Francis Picabia (1879-1953) is an artist perhaps best known for his nearly unbelievable stylistic evolution. His Transparency series has been influential to a wide range of artists, including Sigmar Polke (1941–2010). The works in the series are layered paintings, with figures and motifs drawn from classical sources. The exhibition also includes Edulis, a painting by Picabia from 1930-33. Polke is represented in the exhibition by early watercolor drawings of desert landscapes, as well as by a series of silver gelatin double-exposures over which the artist has applied colorful layers of paint, and by Pinselstritch, a brushstroke painting from the 1960s.