It doesn’t take an art buff to appreciate the diverse and iconic works of Picasso. The Spanish-born artist is best known for his abstract, multi-dimensional portrayals of life through Cubism. His work spans across different genres and mediums, all of which have been praised for Picasso’s pioneering and groundbreaking contributions to the art world. Walking through an art gallery in general can be an experience like no other—but that experience is intensified when it’s is close to home and features one of the largest exhibits of the great artist himself. A significant collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from his many different periods of art, including a private collection of his ceramics, is on display at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Dessert. Although Picasso is famed for his paintings, such as in the Cubist depiction of the devastation of Guernica and the inhumanity of war, his sculptures have gained recent fame. The 2004 traveling exhibition “Picasso and Ceramics” argued, “Picasso was one of the most important ceramists of the 20th century . . . with an innovative, conceptual approach.” One of the highlighted pieces at Heather James is his Vase à la tête, (Vase with Face): four “sides” form a capricious combination of a smiling sun, a human face, a woman’s front side and a woman’s back side. The exhibit is filled with this kind of perplexity that charms you the whole way through and will not disappoint.
Picasso exhibit at the Heather James Fine Art Gallery, 45188 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, (760) 346-8926; www.heatherjames.com. Thru March 14.