PICASSO / BRAQUE  2016 ©  with passages from "HARLEQUIN 1915" MODERN MUSEUM OF ART, NY, ny; AND  GEORGES BRAQUE "Houses at L’Estaque" 1908 Paint, colored pencils, oil pastels ON PAPER;   92.5” x 47”  [234 cm x 119.38 cm]

 PICASSO / BRAQUE 2016© with passages from "HARLEQUIN 1915" MODERN MUSEUM OF ART, NY, ny; AND  GEORGES BRAQUE "Houses at L’Estaque" 1908 Paint, colored pencils, oil pastels ON PAPER;   92.5” x 47”  [234 cm x 119.38 cm]

Both Picasso and Braque had a significant influence on Gary because of their commitment to the abstract movement.  Gary  was under 10 years old when he discovered a book on Picasso's posters.  Also Gary discovered In a magazine featuring Picasso's 1910 cubist painting of Ambroise Vollard.  Excited by the reproductions, Gary daily explored this new exciting world of Picasso he had never before seen. Awareness and appreciation of Braque's and Picasso’s cubist work soon followed.  Equally important, Picasso's breadth of diversity  gave Gary a freedom to explore. Picasso’s forms of expression are reflective of Gary’s interest in ceramics as an art and as functional whether used as a wall piece or a vase.

Living near his monumental 36 foot high “Bust of Sylvette" a Picasso sculpture, Gary is frequently exposed and moved by Picasso. His ability to convey through a line drawing on a small cardboard sculpture works was scaled up to monumental scale.   In combination with the three I.M.Pei-designed buildings surrounding this sculpture, one experiences the feeling of a piazza — a treasure within New York’s urban grid. 

PICASSO "WOMAN BEFORE A MIRROR" 1932 Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., NY

  pICASSO "AMBROISE VOLLARD 1910  Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

pICASSO "AMBROISE VOLLARD 1910 Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

  PICASSO "HARLEQUIN" 1915 Museum of Modern Art

PICASSO "HARLEQUIN" 1915 Museum of Modern Art

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GEORGES BRAQUE "HOUSES AT L'ESTAQUE" 1908Houses at L’Estaque Georges Braque, 1908, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne, Switzerland

  picasso Sylvette 1954; Silver Towers, N.Y., N.Y.

picasso Sylvette 1954; Silver Towers, N.Y., N.Y.