Modern masters take over the Wexner Center

The only show for 60 works by Picasso, Degas, de Kooning and more from the Wexners’ private collection.
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Pablo Picasso, Tête de femme, 1939, oil on canvas, 16”x13”, Wexner family collection © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Pablo Picasso, Tête de femme, 1939, oil on canvas, 16”x13”, Wexner family collection © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

If your ears perk up when you hear Picasso, now’s an appropriate time to sit down. Through December 31, the Wexner Center for the Arts is exhibiting Transfigurations, 60 works by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Edgar Degas, Willem de Kooning, and Susan Rothenberg—all pulled from the private collection of founding benefactors Leslie and Abigail Wexner, making this the show’s one and only stop. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, and collages show the persistence of the human figure in an artistic era generally thought of as all about abstraction. “The collection shows such a fierce commitment to figurative work,” says Wexner director Sherri Geldin. “These can be very tough, uncompromising works—not ‘beautiful’ in the traditional sense. They’re wrestling with the human condition, and the dynamics between people, in ways that are incredibly nuanced, multifaceted, and very poignant.”

Due to, well, this being an incredible exhibit and people responding accordingly, they recommend you reserve a ticket in advance—you choose a half-hour window to enter, and you’ll still have as long as you want inside.

1871 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio, (614) 292-3535, wexarts.org