A painting by Laura Berger of female figures.

Laura Berger, “Reflecting, Refracting.” All images © the artists, courtesy of Elmhurst Museum, shared with permission

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death, Elmhurst Art Museum joins a global movement of shows looking back at the artist’s work in Picasso: 50 Years Later, a celebration of his unmistakable influence on modern art.

Organized in three parts, the exhibition introduces Picasso in the context of his contemporaries, like Alexander Archipenko, Fernand Léger, and Joan Miró. The museum also debuts a series of linocut prints from a private collection, which will later embark on a tour titled Picasso and the Progressive Proof. And Chicago-based contemporary artists Laura Berger, Liz Flores, Richard Hull, Leasho Johnson, and José Lerma highlight how the artist’s legacy is reappraised and reimagined in figurative work being made today.

Picasso: 50 Years Later continues through January 27, 2024, in Elmhurst, Illinois. Visit the museum’s website for more information and to plan your visit.


A linocut print by Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso, “Bacchanal with Kid Goat and Onlooker” (1959), linocut proof. Image © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Two images. On the left, an abstract portrait by José Lerma. On the right, an abstract figurative drawing by Liz Flores.

Left: José Lerma, “Potato Gave (Left Profile)” (2016), acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches. Right: Liz Flores, “Mujeres 5” (2023), oil on pastel paper, 9 x 12 inches

An abstract figurative painting by Liz Flores.

Liz Flores, “A Day to Rest” (2023), acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

An abstract figurative painting by Richard Hull.

Richard Hull, “The Night” (2022), oil and wax ground on linen, 72 x 48 inches

An abstract figurative painting by Leasho Johnson.

Leasho Johnson, “Man Standing in Cane Field” (2020), charcoal, watercolor, distemper, acrylic, spray paint, oil stick, and oil paint on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

A painting by Laura Berger of transparent, overlaid figures.

Larger Berger, “A Lightness, a Flight”

An installation view of paintings.

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