Pablo Picasso likely was the most profoundly influential artist of the 20th and 21st centuries, who worked with a style and bravado that changed the way people viewed modern and contemporary art.
He was trained as a painter but not as a sculptor, which allowed him to naturally disregard three-dimensional traditions and delve into the sheer pleasure of invention and experimentation. Picasso was a master at collecting found objects and adaptively re-using and transforming them into works of art that initially most people found strange and controversial. Picasso’s sculptures in plaster and wood were revolutionary, and during his lifetime he kept most of these sculptures, living among them as if they were family members.
Currently, the Museum of Modern Art is presenting a once-in-a-lifetime survey of approximately 140 sculptures. Bruce Helander, an artist and critic, will discuss this extraordinary exhibit that provides an opportunity to explore a rarely seen but vital aspect of Picasso’s long and prolific career.
Bruce Helander is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist magazine. His columns on art, values, and investing in art appear regularly in The Huffington Post.