On Monday I made my way to the Guggenheim and saw “Picasso Black and White” curated by Carmen Giminéz. I read the review in Art Forum before I went, which helped contextualize what I was getting into. It had been a long time since I had seen any of Picasso’s work in person, and I had forgotten just how powerful it was. His mark making is so purposeful and these works in black and white really highlighted this fact. I’ve been to the Picasso Museum in both Malaga and Barcelona and encountered his drawings at various points, but I’m always amazed at just how prolific he was as an artist. He also developed so much throughout his career, which I enjoy because I often wonder how artists can keep doing the same types of work for decades. This show brought together work that I was not as familiar with. There were some well known, iconic pieces such as Las Meninas (after Velazquez) and hints to Guernica through preparatory paintings and drawings, but what struck me the most were his linear works from the 1930s. I’ve been to many shows at the Guggenheim, but this was the first one that left me in awe of both the work and the building itself — maybe it’s just been a long time. I loved getting to look up close at the work and then see the paintings again from afar across the rotunda. It’s so rare that you can have both vantage points in the same museum. The black and white nature of the show also worked beautifully with the ambiance of the space.
I couldn’t find all of the works online that I adored, but here are 5 of my favorites from the show that I could find. [note: I do not own the copyright to any of these images. I found them in articles or blogs posted online].