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Picasso Black and White
Edited by Carmen Giménez with contributions by Giménez, Dore Ashton, Olivier Berggruen, and Richard Shiff
Published in 2012
224 pages with 155 color illustrations
Hardcover, 9 3/4 x 11 inches
This book, published to accompany a striking exhibition of sculptures, paintings, and works on paper by Pablo Picasso, explores the artist's repeated use of a black, white, and gray palette to depict compelling imagery throughout his career. Edited by Carmen Giménez, Picasso Black and White highlights the overwhelming coherence of the artist's oeuvre. Spanning from 1904 to 1971, it presents a chronological survey that investigates Picasso's contributions to the development of art in the twentieth century and offers new insights into his vision and working methods in unprecedented ways.
Featuring more than 150 reproductions, this beautifully illustrated publication includes essays by noted Picasso scholars, examining the artist's fascination with black and white as a correlate of his obsessive interest in line and form, the influence of drawing, his use of monochrome and tonal values in relation to photography, and his complex language of pictorial and sculptural signs and exercises in light and chiaroscuro. Picasso Black and White presents a unique and illuminating perspective on a lesser-known but fascinating aspect of Picasso's formidable body of work.