previews

Minneapolis

“Picasso and American Art”

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
June 17–November 9, 2007

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
September 28, 2006–January 28, 2007

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
February 25–May 28, 2007

Curated by Michael FitzGerald

No artist was as important to the development of twentieth-century American art as Pablo Picasso—though he never even visited the United States. Whether as a figure to emulate or a yoke to buck, Picasso cast a shadow across the Atlantic that permeated even the remotest recesses of the country’s artistic psyche. Guest curator and Picasso scholar Michael FitzGerald assembles nearly forty of the Spaniard’s works and some 120 objects by Americans—including Stuart Davis, Jackson Pollock, and David Smith—who used his oeuvre as a point of departure. The show presents this mammoth figure through the eyes of those who cared (and sometimes worried) most about the implications of his diverse production. Travels to the San Francisco Museum of Modern art, Feb. 25–May 28, 2007; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 17–Nov. 9, 2007.