Tuesday, February 21, 2006

'Facets Of Cubism': When Cubism Fractured Art's Delicate World

... "And there was more. By taking its models from "primitive" cultures, Cubism redefined beauty for the West. By redefining beauty, it redefined what qualified as art: not only African sculptures, but also a universe of Western crafts and folk forms, collage among them. And in prying open the closed-off realm of art, Cubism helped to scramble cultural values: good, bad; high, low; worthy, unworthy; quality, genius, the lot.

Cubism's audacity and terribleness are easy to forget now that the movement, almost a century old, has entered the protective custody of history. So it's nice to have "Facets of Cubism" remind us of it....

The sources of Cubism, Modernism's most influential style, are duly noted with a Cézanne self-portrait set next to three non-Western sculptures, two African, one Oceanic. Surrounding them are Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, each with significant work." ...

"Facets of Cubism" remains on view through April 16 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Holland Cotter "When Cubism Fractured Art's Delicate World" New York Times, December 30, 2005 via nytimes.com

Pablo Picasso Three Musicians 1921 Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

Image Credit: © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; courtesy of Museum of Modern Art, New York City via www.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/visualarts/Image-Library/Picasso/picasso_three_musicians_moma-1921.jpg With thanks.


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