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Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 at the NY’s MoMA

January 26, 2011

Love guitars. Play them and love their curvy shapes, their construction, and particularly I love the woods used. I also am an admirer of Picasso’s art. The man is another story, but his work is always interesting. The guitar series is one I have seen a portion of in the 80s. I own a wonderful small knock off of Guitar and Dog.

NY Times reports: Beginning on Feb. 13 this most common of instruments will be explored at the Museum of Modern Art when it presents “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” an exhibition of some 70 collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings and photographs. (Coincidentally, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be opening a show with the guitar as a theme too, but in an entirely different way. That exhibition, “Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen From Italy to New York,” opening on Feb. 9, focuses on the instruments themselves.)

The Picasso-guitar theme has a special history at the Museum of Modern Art. In the early 1970s the artist gave MoMA two fragile guitars: a sculpture made in 1912 from cardboard, paper, string and wire, and a sheet-metal one two years later. Both illustrate how Picasso enjoyed expanding what a sculpture could be.

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  1. katie
    February 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    The show is at MoMA, not the Met…just to clarify. It opened last night, february 9th, 2011, and was quite a spectacular event. I highly recommend it.

  2. February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you – I have made the correction;

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