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  • <i>Black Drawing (Picasso Under Water)</i>, 2005
    • Birdman, Atlanta, 2008
    • Birdman, Atlanta, 2008
    • Birdman, Atlanta, 2008

    Black Drawing (Picasso Under Water), 2005

    Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is recognized for pioneering the radical modern art form known as Cubism, but throughout his extensive career Picasso’s work addressed and responded to many of the artistic debates occurring across Europe and in the United States. Picasso created a vast body of work, ranging from some of the twentieth century’s most important paintings, sculptures, and drawings to ceramic decorative arts to costume and set design for theater. He embodied the idea of the virtuosic artist-hero at the center of Aguilera’s group of portraits.


    Alejandro Aguilera, Black Drawing (Picasso Under Water), 2005, Collage, ink, and crayon on paper, Purchase with the Lambert Fund

    Black Drawing (Constantin Brancusi), 2011
    Coffee, ink, and graphite on paper
    Courtesy of the artist and Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta

    About the Modern Spirit presents 30 drawings created between 1998 and 2011 by Atlanta-based Alejandro Aguilera. These works reveal his technical skill and versatility in the use of various materials, such as crayon, tempera, collage, ink, coffee, and graphite on paper.

    The drawings include portraits of artists and other historical figures whom Aguilera considers inspirations and heroes—individuals whose accomplishments have changed the way we look at the world.

    Aguilera says that, metaphorically, the drawings represent “a step toward modernism—a journey toward that moment in which took place the contact between the so-called ‘primitive cultures’ and the expansionists from the Western world.”

    The drawings are installed salon-style, hung close together in a tight cluster, in order to summon the creative environment of the artist’s studio and to reveal the lively discourse among Aguilera’s subjects and themes.

     Exhibition Organization and Support
    “Alejandro Aquilera” is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

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