February 18th 2011

Picasso’s Guitars at the MoMA

Whether you love Picasso or only know a few of his works, you should definitely swing by the Museum of Modern Art to check out the latest exhibit.

Pablo Picasso’s cardboard and sheet metal Guitar sculptures combine the structural, spatial, and material experimentation in his long career.

In 1912, Picasso made a guitar with  cardboard, paper, string, and wire—materials he cut, folded, threaded, and glued. This  instrument resembled no artwork ever seen before–his and otherwise.

Two years later, Picasso started this sculpture again, using sheet metal. Both guitars (one cardboard, one in metal) are the beginning and end of his experimentation that embraced ready-made materials, hand-made techniques, and common still life subjects.

The exhibit, Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914, explores his breakthrough in Cubism and modern art. Made up of about sixty-five closely related collages, constructions, drawings, paintings, and photographs it outlines his time between studios in Paris and the South of France in the years immediately prior to World War I.

At the onset of his exploration, Picasso told his friend Georges Braque, “I am using your latest papery and powdery procedures. I am in the process of imagining a guitar and I am using a bit of dust against our horrible canvas.”

Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914

February 13–June 6, 2011

Museum of Modern Art

From the exhibit site: Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 explores this breakthrough moment in 20th-century art, and the Guitars’ place within it. Bringing together some 70 closely connected collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs assembled from over 30 public and private collections worldwide, this exhibition offers fresh insight into Picasso’s cross-disciplinary process in the years immediately preceding World War I.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.