The Seattle Art Museum’s Picasso exhibition is a major event. Although the 20th century’s leading artist is not in the collection of any Northwest museum, Seattle is temporarily Picasso Central. The last American survey show of this ambition and breadth was held in New York in 1980, and the sculpture alone represents a more complete view of the artist’s work than can be seen anywhere else. Picasso being Picasso, the exhibition is also a study in contrasts and contradictions. KUOW's art critic Gary Faigin joins us to discuss the show.
Pablo Picasso is the most problematic of our artistic immortals, explosively inventive, unwilling to adopt a trademark style, and maddeningly contradictory in both his personality and his work. The Musée Picasso’s ambitious traveling retrospective, now on view at the Seattle Art Museum, is as inspiring, perplexing, and intriguing as the artist himself.