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PICASSO'S LATE WORK—SWAN SONG OR APOTHEOSIS? AN INTERVIEW WITH GERT SCHIFF

Pablo Picasso still is It where the course of Modern art is concerned. Only his death in 1973 at the age of 91 could stop his overwhelming production and open the way for a long overdue reevaluation of his career. Among the most exciting and relevant revisions is the new view of “late Picasso” put forth by Gert Schiff, the Modern art historian and curator of the first comprehensive show on Picasso’s last ten years, 1963–73, held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, from March 2 to May 6, 1984. I conducted the following interview with Schiff on July 25, 1983, in New York City. The exhibition under discussion was originally commissioned by New York University’s Grey Art Gallery & Study Center.

Ronny Cohen: What kinds of subjects did Picasso treat during the last decade of his career?

Gert Schiff: This period starts with his last painting of general human and political concern, namely,

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