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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

A Foreigner Called Picasso

Dora Maar, Portrait of Picasso at the Studio at 29, 1935–36.

Nov 10, 2023 – Feb 10, 2024
522 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011

Everyone knows something about Picasso. He had a Blue Period and a Rose Period. He developed Cubism. He painted Guernica. He loved women; he used women; his muses didn’t always end up being his wives. But most don’t know that in 1901, two weeks before Picasso’s first exhibition opened in Paris, the French authorities labeled him an anarchist and started surveilling him. Thirteen years later, in December 1914, they took 700 of his paintings. Because Picasso was a foreigner he was treated with suspicion. In fact, the artist was never granted French citizenship. This exhibition, with 70 works on loan from around the world, examines his status as an “outsider” in Paris. The show’s curator, Annie-Cohan Solal, has written a book on the subject. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: © CNAC/MNAM, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY Courtesy Gagosian