Guggenheim Museum advertised its major fall exhibition as the specialized and intriguing "Picasso Black and White".
This is the first time that an exhibition has focused exclusively on this aspect of Picasso's œuvre. While his career has been categorized into the Blue Period or Rose Period or Cubist or Neo Classical, to name just a few phases, Picasso is supposed to have claimed that color, in fact, "weakens" and often strove to remove color from his works to give them more structure and autonomy. Indeed, this historical survey of his work demonstrates very clearly his continuing obsession with the monochromatic and the power of black, white and gray.
accordéoniste", 1911, Surrealist works such as the biomorphic "Milliner's Workshop", 1926 (see below), and many portraits of his various wives and companions including Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque. In every example, the tonality of black and white and gray served to enhance with its simplicity and allowed the strength of the line and form to shine.
While some of the works on display seemed a little unfinished, or sketchy, the sum of the parts was a very impressive argument for the language of black and white and showed once again why Picasso continues to influence generations of artists. "Picasso Black and White" is on view until January 23, 2013.