Oct 18

Picasso Sculpture at MoMA

QQ Photo20151018212212In previous posts here and here, I have asserted my mixed feelings about Modern Art. There are some works that I thoroughly enjoy and many others from the genre that I consider to be less than worthless…in a word – rubbish. I’ve never cared for most of Picasso’s work. For me Cubism is just eh. However, many view Pablo Picasso as a “genius” and great master.


How can you expect a beholder to experience my picture as I experienced it? A picture comes to me a long time beforehand; who knows how long a time beforehand, I sensed, saw, and painted it and yet the next day even I do not understand what I have done. How can anyone penetrate my dreams, my instincts, my desires, my thought, which have taken a long time to fashion themselves and come to the surface, above all to grasp what I put there, perhaps involuntary.” (Boisgeloup, winter 1934).
* source art life quotes of the great Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, on the public: interview by Christian Zervos, 1935; as quoted in Letters of the great artists – from Ghiberti to Gainsborough -, Richard Friedenthal, Thamesand Hudson, London, 1963, p. 260.


Standard example of Cubism from Picasso-- this 1921 painting titled, Three Musicians.

Standard example of Cubism from Picasso– this 1921 painting titled, Three Musicians.

Though I may concur with Picasso on this point, I must question the source of his inspiration. What kind of “dreams, instincts, desires and thoughts” could possibly be the catalyst for his “art”?

Perhaps I am too analytical to appreciate Modern Art. And that such other notably acclaimed artists as de Kooning (from what is known as the New York School), a painter who I think must have suffered some form of mental illness, draw from the influence of Picasso and his school of Cubism only affirms my opening position. I can not say enough negative things about de Kooning. His work is utter rubbish and I simply can not comprehend how he ever rose to fame.

If your 4 year old child painted something like what de Kooning produced you might inquire of the little darling if he had suffered a bad dream, or, if perhaps he were not feeling well!


The new ticket system at MoMA. Patrons now have the option to avoid waiting in line and just download their tickets on the smart-phones.

The new ticket system at MoMA. Patrons now have the option to avoid waiting in line and just download their tickets on the smart-phones.

Recently, I paid a visit to MoMA for the much lauded Picasso Sculpture exhibition. I was hopeful that I would find something to redeem my view of this highly acclaimed master.

Alas, I was wholly disappointed. Here is a New York Times/Arts and Leisure section review of the exhibition. Ms. Smith asserts that “MoMA’s staggering Picasso Sculpture” is a demonstration of “accumulative wisdom” and a “once-in-a-lifetime-event.” I question her notion of wisdom and to her second point; I, for one can only say, thank goodness!

I came away with a feeling that there went $25 and an hour of my time I will never get back.

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This work had at least some semblance of recognizable form, though I think it looks like a high school student’s pottery project.




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The tiny holes in the piece pictured above made me wonder if the “master” had found a truly suitable use for it….target practice!?





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An example of collage.

Another review of the exhibition here from the Guardian. This review from The Daily Mail.

And another from the Wall Street Journal.


So, dear readers, tell me what you think. I admit that I am a not trained in any of the common medium – sculpture, acrylic, oil painting, etc., but I know what I like and more importantly, I know what I don’t like. For me, Picasso fits into the latter category.

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