In 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.
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!
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.
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.