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"From a Passing Shape"

Modernist Works on Paper

January 11 – March 6, 2021

Graham Sutherland Study for Three Forms, 1979

Graham Sutherland
Study for Three Forms, 1979
Gouache and pencil on paper
13.45 x 15.3 in.

Serge Férat Nature Morte à la Cafetière à la Guitare, c. 1918

Serge Férat
Nature Morte à la Cafetière à la Guitare, c. 1918
Gouache on paper
8.27 x 12.24 in.

Morris Barazani, Untitled, 1970's
Morris Barazani
Untitled, 1970's
Mixed media collage
12.38 x 10.5 in
Jean Lurçat, Nature morte au coquillage, 1923
Jean Lurçat
Nature morte au coquillage, 1923
Gouache on paper
18.31 x 12.6 in.
 Esteban Vicente Untitled, 1980
Esteban Vicente
Untitled, 1980
Collage and gouache on paper
21 x 25 1/2 in
Oleg Kudryashov Construction (Plates 1857,1858,1859), 1989

Oleg Kudryashov
Construction (Plates 1857,1858,1859), 1989
Drypoint and watercolor on paper
28 x 17 x 9 in.

Kenneth Stubbs, Geometric Still Life, c. 1954
Kenneth Stubbs
Geometric Still Life, c. 1954
Casein on paper
8 x 4.5 in.

Press Release

Rosenberg & Co. is pleased to present “From a Passing Shape”: Modernist Works on Paper, an exhibition surveying the diverse ways in which paper has been used by Modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition is held in conjunction with Master Drawings New York (January 22 – 30) and BRAFA Online (January 27 – 31).


Artists have long relied on paper as a fundamental support material. Paper is easily accessible and arguably the most familiar and humble medium. These qualities have led artists to use paper in a variety of ways, from the rough translation of ideas to the exploration of nontraditional processes. Artists have continued, and will continue, to reinvestigate and redeploy this everyday medium.


The exhibition takes its title from the words of Pablo Picasso. He wrote, “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.” The artists presented in this exhibition find inspiration in an equally vast array of subject matters and materials and are brought together, in the galleries, by their use of paper. From sketch to still-life, from collage to construction, paper is used as both a receptacle of the artists’ chosen media—graphite, ink, pastel, acrylic, oil, tempera, watercolor—and as itself a medium, as seen in the collages of Henri Laurens and Morris Barazani and the constructions of Oleg Kudryasho

Artists include:
Giacomo Balla, Morris Barazani, Julius Bissier, Lynn Chadwick, Ann Christopher, Joseph Csáky, Agustín Cárdenas, Sergio de Castro, Dorothy Dehner, André Derain, César Domela, Serge Férat, Albert Gleizes, Balcomb Greene, Juan Gris, Otto Gutfreund, Marsden Hartley, Henri Hayden, Auguste Herbin, Jean Hélion, Robert Keyser, Oleg Kudryashov, Henri Laurens, Jean Lurçat, Fernand Léger, Giacomo Manzù, Robert Marc, Louis Marcoussis, Henry Moore, George L. K. Morris, Renato Paresce, Larry Rivers, Gino Severini, Theodoros Stamos, Kenneth Stubbs, Léopold Survage, Graham Sutherland, Henry Valensi, Georges Valmier, and Esteban Vicente