The term Analytic Cubism has been used to describe work made by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris between 1909-1912 and includes iconic paintings such as Picasso’s Ma Jolie (1911-1912). Analysing Cubism takes as its point of origin the principles of early or analytic cubism and outlines the various directions that were taken by different artists, with particular focus on the Irish artists Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone.
The exhibition does not look to identify one thesis on Cubism, but to present several different viewpoints on the subject which are partisan - even conflicting. Analysing Cubism does not propose that the notion of Cubism is somehow contested, but points out that many different scholars and artists have taken the principles of Cubism and translated them in very different ways. This model fits with the wider programming ideas at IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery, as it signals ways in which Cubism and cubist artists remain relevant to many contemporary artists.
The exhibition will shift focus away from Picasso and Braque, who quickly abandoned this form of abstraction, to the artist Albert Gleizes in the development of the movement. Gleizes was the teacher of Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone, both who returned to Ireland and, particularly Jellett, who maintained a focus on abstraction which was unrivalled by other artists at the time.
The exhibition will tour to the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, and F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, Co. Down. The exhibition is organised by the Crawford Art Gallery in co-operation with IMMA. The exhibition includes major loans from the National Gallery of Ireland.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.
Analysing Cubism is part of the programme of visual arts events celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union.