London

London

Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay

Royal Academy of Arts | Piccadilly
Burlington House, Piccadilly
September 17–December 16, 1998

Picasso’s ceramic output is often seen as the black sheep of his herd of gifts. Frequently thought vulgar, facile, and less than serious, the plates, vessels, and figurines are, in fact, an integral part of his whole late, bucolic effervescence. After all, serious needn’t mean anguished—and who would want a Weeping Woman under their sole meunière? Curated by the Royal Academy’s Simonetta Fraquelli and Norman Rosenthal along with Picasso scholar Marilyn McCully and members of the artist’s family, the 200-plus-work exhibition should deal a welcome slap in the face to those who equate twentieth-century ceramics with unadorned puritanism. Sept. 17, 1998–Dec. 16, 1998; travels to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Mar. 1999–June 1999.