Hannah Gadsby’s Picasso show; Italy floods; Ellsworth Kelly’s centenary

As It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby opens at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, we talk to Catherine Morris and Lisa Small, who have curated the show with the Australian comedian. Floods at the end of last month have caused widespread damage to heritage in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna; we speak to James Imam, our correspondent in Rome, to gauge the extent of the damage and explore the Italian government’s response. And this week marks the centenary of the birth of the great US abstract painter Ellsworth Kelly. This episode’s Work of the Week is Kelly’s Spectrum IX (2014), one of a series of paintings based on a spectrum of colours made by Kelly across his seven-decade career. Yuri Stone, the assistant curator at Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland, US—where the piece is part of a retrospective of Kelly’s work—tells us more.

It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby is at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, until 24 September. Previous Picasso items on this podcast include a tour of Tate Modern’s Picasso 1932 on 8 Mar 2018, and a look at his response to Old Masters on 3 June 2022.

Ellsworth Kelly at 100 continues at the Glenstone, Potomac, Maryland, US, until March 2024; for more on the anniversary events visit ellsworthkelly.org/centennial

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