Coming Soon: Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914

 Pablo Picasso,  Still life with Guitar , Variant state. Paris, 
assembled before November 15, 1913. Subsequently preserved by the 
artist. Paperboard, paper, string, and painted wire installed with cut 
cardboard box, Overall: 30 x 20 1/2 x 7 3/4″

Pablo Picasso, Still life with Guitar, Variant state. Paris, assembled before November 15, 1913. Subsequently preserved by the artist. Paperboard, paper, string, and painted wire installed with cut cardboard box, Overall: 30 x 20 1/2 x 7 3/4″

The Museum of Modern Art’s much anticipated exhibition, Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914, opens next week. The show will include some seventy collages, drawings, mixed-media pieces, photographs, and constructions.

“Sometime between October and December 1912, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) made a guitar. Cobbled together from cardboard, paper, string, and wire, materials he cut, folded, threaded, and glued, Picasso’s purely visual instrument resembled no sculpture ever seen before. In 1914 the artist reiterated his fragile papery construction in more fixed and durable sheet metal form. These two Guitars, both gifts from the artist to MoMA, bracket an incandescent period of material and structural experimentation in Picasso’s work.  It is this breakthrough moment in twentieth-century art, and the Guitars place within it, that Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 explores.” – MoMA
Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914

February 13 – June 6, 2011
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
 Pablo Picasso,  Guitar , Céret, March 31, 1913, or later. 
Cut-and-pasted newspaper, wallpaper, paper, ink, chalk, charcoal, and 
pencil on colored paper, 26 1/8 x 19 1/2″

Pablo Picasso, Guitar, Céret, March 31, 1913, or later. Cut-and-pasted newspaper, wallpaper, paper, ink, chalk, charcoal, and pencil on colored paper, 26 1/8 x 19 1/2″

 Pablo Picasso,  Violin Hanging on the Wall , 1913, Oil, spackle with sand, enamel, and charcoal on canvas.

Pablo Picasso, Violin Hanging on the Wall, 1913, Oil, spackle with sand, enamel, and charcoal on canvas.

 Pablo Picasso,  Installation in the artist’s studio at 242, boulevard Raspail , Paris, December 9, 1912, or later, Gelatin silver print, 3 3/8 x 4 1/2″

Pablo Picasso, Installation in the artist’s studio at 242, boulevard Raspail, Paris, December 9, 1912, or later, Gelatin silver print, 3 3/8 x 4 1/2″

Meredith Hudson