Deitch/Gagosian/Picasso Collaboration, ‘Desire,’ Hits Miami

With a title like “Desire,” you can put practically anything under one roof. That’s what the list of 50 artists feels like for the show that opens November 30 at the Moore building in the Miami Design District.

“We wanted to cover a wide range of celebration of lust—voyeurism, fantasy, abstraction, grotesque, fetishism,” said Diana Widmaier-Picasso, the granddaughter of the painter who put his desire for Widmaier-Picasso’s grandmother, Marie Therese Walther, into a decade of erotic work—sometimes serene, sometimes ecstatic. Widmaier-Picasso is the curator of the show organized by mega-dealers Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, who mounted “Unrealism,” a selection of figurative work, at the same location last year. Now, she and the dealer duo have assembled another sprawling show with a catchall theme and a title that could work just as well on a movie marquee.

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From the story, Kake vol. 11 – TV Repair), 1972, Pen & Ink, gouache on paper, 11.38″” x 9.13″, © 1972 Tom of Finland Foundation

“Part of my mission had been to expand the art platform, to open it up, so it’s not just the top ten, or what you would see at the Museum of Modern Art,” said Deitch, who had high praise for the work of Tom of Finland in “Desire.” “A lot of artists collect Tom of Finland—Richard Prince, for one—and a lot admire the quality of the draftsmanship. I think that’s going to be a big surprise.”


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