Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Also over at the Times is an article discussing the show Picasso and the Masters, a boffo show at the Grand Palais. According to Michael Kimmelman, the inevitable comparisons "are not always to Picasso's benefit."
"I lingered in the last room, watching visitors stumble a bit bleary-eyed from the earlier galleries to find Manet’s “Olympia,” Rembrandt’s painting of Hendrickje Stoffels bathing in a brook, Ingres’s grisaille “Odalisque” and Goya’s “Naked Maja” vying with a slew of late, mostly slapdash nudes by the great matador of Modernism. The whole ensemble of pictures was dazzling and fatuous. “Overkill” doesn’t adequately describe the effect."
In many ways, the review is the kind of arch-browed, one-sided conversation that readers love to hate from reviewers. I think it is kind of fantastic.
"The canon, in other words, remained his starting point but increasingly became his crutch. His achievements were Promethean and unparalleled in the last century, but having said that, as the show proves almost despite itself, Picasso ended up often mired in vain, backward-looking riffs on grander achievements."
Posted by madeleine at Wednesday, October 29, 2008