Pablo Picasso dabbled in sculpture throughout his life. Painting was a constant, but he periodically applied himself to making sculpture with enthusiasm and freedom, experimenting with unconventional techniques because he had no formal training in that tradition.
The artist’s three-dimensional journey is the subject of a new exhibition, “Picasso Sculpture,” opening at MoMA this month. Featuring a wide range of work, from his 1909 bust, Head of a Woman, which captured his Cubist vision, to his 1942 Bull’s Head, a fantastic cast bronze made from a bicycle seat and handlebars, this exhibition is the first time such a comprehensive exploration of his sculpture has been shown in the US in nearly 50 years. A must see!
“Picasso Sculpture,” MoMA, New York, September 14, 2015-February 7, 2016
Cover: “Chair,” Cannes, 1961
Painted sheet metal 45 1/2 × 45 1/16 × 35 1/16 in. (115.5 × 114.5 × 89 cm)
Musée national Picasso–Paris
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Interior Post: “Bull,” Cannes, c. 1958.
Plywood, tree branch, nails, and screws. 46 1/8 x 56 3/4 x 4 1/8″ (117.2 x 144.1 x 10.5 cm).
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jacqueline Picasso in honor of the Museum’s continuous commitment to Pablo Picasso’s art.
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.