One last #Picasso post.
I can't stress enough how significant this exhibit was. And I've taken lots of art history & theory w a degree from UCLA.
Picasso as it seems, while unique among Western Art and especially at the turn of the century, was nothing new. His mystique and sensuality, form & content, were ALL inspired by (appropriated? copied? derived from? In reverence to?) so called "primitive" art of non-Western cultures. It was inspiring to see credit where credit is due. And interesting to see how deeply researched & influenced the artist's work had been. (i.e.: he wasn't just a sex crazed substance imbibing weird bestial but visionary macho guy who degraded women.) This show brings contemporary critique and analyses to the oft misunderstood overly hallowed Pablo, as well as respect to the "other." Bravo!
From the "Picasso Primitif" exhibit, Musee de Quai Branly, Paris France.
Top left: Masque, Otomi, Mexique, État d'Hidalgo, San Bartolo Tutotepic, Piedra Ancha. 20thC.
Top Middle: Pablo Picasso, Céramique Carreau Industriel Décoré, Au verso d'une tête de faune, 1961.
Top right: Tesson, Pérou department de Cajamarca, Chondo. 300-900 Après J.C.
Bottom right: Pablo Picasso, "Tête d'un homme barbu," 1938.
"The dialogue between Picasso and non-Western artists continues with a virtuoso interplay of metamorphoses.
Picasso used many artistic techniques on one single form in order to increase the angles and points of view: transformation, reversal, mutation, mise en abyme, etc. - many systems for creating visual magic, and which are also used in many non-Western artworks.
The metamorphosis can be seen clearly where human features are combined with those of animals, but it is also found at the heart itself of the creative act. The assemblages, both in Picasso's work and in the work of his non-Western "interlocutors," transform the "found" objects, giving them a meaning and an existence different from those attributed to them until then."
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