True Art in Black and White

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Las Meninas, after Velazquez. Pablo Picasso. Image from guggenheim.com

Being in one of the major art capitals of the world, of course I’ve taken advantage of the museums and galleries in New York. This month, I didn’t just see -I experienced- one of the best exhibitions ever: Picasso Black and White, at the Guggenheim.

I have always loved Picasso, and I have been to many exhibits of his work around the world, but I think this one has been the best one. It shows 110 works in which the artist explores the power of monochromatic paintings.

The audio guide gave a perfect explanation of the different paintings and sculptures’ meaning and context. Narrated by a curator dedicated to Picasso, one of the artist’s friends and his daughter Maia, it leads the spectator through personal experiences, feelings and anecdotes that help us understand what Picasso was going through in each historic period, and how he projected his feelings on these works.

A complete exhibition, the only thing missing was the Guernica, which is huge and obviously impossible to bring from the Princesa Sofia Museum in Spain. I highly recommend everyone to live this experience, and to share your opinions here.

To know more about Picasso Black and White, visit the Gugenheim website by clicking here.

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4 thoughts on “True Art in Black and White

  1. I love New York, and Picasso, so I stopped by to check out your blog – and glad I did! I’m coming to the city for a couple days in December with a bus trip and need to brush up on sense of the town. I haven’t been thru since 2004 – I can’t wait!!

  2. I went to this exhibition last Saturday. It indeed is amazing. Picasso was surely creative and unstrained. I don’t much about art, but what I saw impressed me deeply. It was clearly that his style changed during his lifetime. In the earlier years, (I can’t recall the exact time) I thought Picasso drew women in a gentle way. However, when I walked along the paintings, they appeared to be more abstract and angry, especially those ones that depicted women. Those ones made me uncomfortable to some extent. Nevertheless, I somehow felt sadness in those paintings. Actually, there is one drawing I like a lot. It is a small one, which has no name tag, with a man on it and instead of eyes, there are two black shade. It sounds a little scary, but the minute I saw it, all I felt was the man’s sadness and loneliness.
    Well, maybe what I felt doesn’t resonate with your feelings. But never mind. There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes, right?

    • You’re right Sharpay! Everyone sees things differently, and it’s always great to hear other people’s perspectives, specially when they are related to art. And Picasso is one of the greats that can cause a million different emotions on everyone. He was an amazing artist.

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