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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

It's Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby

Betty Tompkins, Apologia (Artemesia Gentileschi #4), 2018.

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“Picasso said, ‘You can have all the perspectives at once!’ What a hero,” says the Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby. “But tell me, are any of those perspectives a woman’s? Well, then I’m not interested.” She’s not wrong. A much-quoted Picasso comment comes to mind. “For me, there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats.” It’s true that during the artist’s lifetime sexist and misogynistic views were the norm, but Gadsby encourages us to pause, question, and reflect. On the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, she’s recorded an audio tour of his work and that of 20th- and 21st-century women, artists such as Renee Cox, Kiki Smith, Mickalene Thomas, and Cecily Brown. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: © Betty Tompkins/Brooklyn Museum

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