New exhibition draws parallels between Picasso’s blue period and social media likes

Date
2 February 2018
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The Dot Project has teamed up with AucArt, “the world’s first auction house to specialise in early career contemporary art” for a London-based group exhibition titled Picasso Baby.

Picasso Baby will run at The Dot Project’s Chelsea-based space until March. The exhibition, which is curated by AucArt’s founder Natasha Arselan, will showcase the work of emerging artists Otto Ford, Florence Sweeney, Gordon Berger and Morgan Ward. Drawing parallels between the uneasy begins which define the beginnings of many artist’s careers with Picasso’s “blue period” from 1901—1904 which saw the artist relocating from Spain to Paris.

“This show explores what the Blue Period looks like for a contemporary artist today and examines how the internet and social media epidemic has blurred the lines between high and low art as a result of excessive accessibility,” The Dot Project and AucArt explains, “which provides us with an opportunity to view the Old, Modern and Contemporary Masters in one feed, but does a million likes make it a masterpiece?”

The Dot Project exhibition takes it’s title from Jay-Z’s 2013 track of the same name. The music video for Picasso Baby starred Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović and recalled her MoMA performance The Artist is Present, causing much controversy on its release from critics suggested it was “the day that performance art died” and later from Marina Abramović herself when she accused him of “using” her.

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