Francis Picabia: Our Heads are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction - the exhibition catalogue from MoMA available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Francis Picabia: Our Heads are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction

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'From his earliest Impressionist efforts, through Cubist, Dadaist, Surrealist and realist work... Picabia shifted fluidly with the cultural moment, all the while vigorously denouncing the style he'd just left behind...With copious illustrations and 16 essays, this hefty catalog for the current retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art attempts to chart a zigzag career that made up in energy what it lacked in depth of exploration' - The New York Times

An authoritative survey of Francis Picabia's innovative and influential career

Among the great modern artists, Francis Picabia (French, 1879–1953) remains one of the most elusive; he vigorously avoided any one singular style or medium, and his work encompassed painting, performance, poetry, publishing, and film.

Published in conjunction with the first large-scale retrospective of Picabia’s work in the United States since 1970, Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction is an authoritative survey of the artist’s innovative and influential career.

This volume presents over 100 paintings, complemented by works on paper, publications, and film. Featuring some 500 illustrations and 14 essays, it examines the full range of Picabia’s oeuvre. Authors, including distinguished professors George Baker, Briony Fer and David Joselit, and renowned Picabia scholars Carole Boulbès and Arnauld Pierre, discuss a varied series of topics, including his unexpected turn to mechanical painting, his experiments with materials and source imagery, the problems of his politics and his contemporary legacy. A richly illustrated chronology details the expanded nature of Picabia’s visual production.

One of Vulture's Best Art Books of 2016.

  • Author: Anne Umland, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, MoMA; Cathérine Hug, Curator, Kunsthaus, Zurich
  • Hardcover: 368 pages | 500 illustrations
  • Date published: June 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1633450035
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 cm

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