In Homage, Skarstedt London, 23 Old Bond Street, London W1, until 8th August, 2014
This rather special exhibition focuses on six specifically chosen artists and shows how in certain works the artists have and can be influenced by those who have preceded them.
In the case of Francis Bacon it is Velázquez; Picasso’s Neo-classical style works are clearly the influence for George Condo. Martin Kippenberger’s picture reflects a contemporary and fellow German Georg Baselitz. In Sigmar Polke’s work one sees references to Goya and Ernst while Richard Prince salutes de Kooning and Andy Warhol de Chirico.
It is a process perhaps best expressed and summed up by Picasso who said “We, the painters, are the true heirs, those who continue to paint. We are heirs to Rembrandt, Velázquez, Cézanne, Matisse. A painter always has a father and a mother; he doesn’t emerge out of nothing.”
I am sure many you will not disagree.