Diana Widmaier-Picasso has long been interested in eroticism and art. In 2005, she wrote a book about her legendary grandfather’s mastery of the topic, Picasso: Art Can Only Be Erotic. Widmaier-Picasso explains that Picasso himself didn’t make a distinction between art and sexuality. “For him it was all the same thing,” she told me earlier this month in New York. She took that principle as a starting point to look “all the way through art history at the very early representations of sexuality and how our society has evolved.” This week in Miami, Widmaier-Picasso’s vision of eroticism in modern and contemporary art finally realizes itself in exhibition form.
,” the show is a collaborative effort by Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch to coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach. It takes place from November 30th at Miami’s Moore Building. (This is the second year the pair have worked together in Miami, with 2015’s “Unrealism” focusing on figurative painting.) “Desire” features a roster of over 50 established and emerging artists, the majority of whom have worked with the two dealers in the past, but also a strong contingent of Widmaier-Picasso’s choosing who have not. Voyeurism, fantasy, and abstract expressions of desire are all at play in the wide variety of media present: sculpture, photography, painting, video, cartoons, drawings, and live performance. A number of works, like a series of photographs by the Argentinean filmmaker
, have been created specifically for the show.