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Picasso comes to Buffalo: Albright-Knox exhibit hosts the famed artist

BUFFALO, NY–“Picasso: The Artist and His Models,” an ongoing collection at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, features work from the career of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The exhibit explores his career from 1906 to the mid-1960s.

Picasso is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. As a painter, sculptor and print maker, Picasso is known for partly founding the Cubist art movement. His style, largely naturalistic, changed as he experimented through the years, influenced by movements and history.

The collection, taking over the top floor of the Albright-Knox Gallery, hones in on Picasso’s models and inspirations, which include his friends and muses. The paintings were selected from museums in the United States and Europe. These include “Three Musicians,” 1921, “La toilette,” 1906, and “Bather,” 1909.

One of the more notable parts of the show is centered on the way Picasso’s work engaged with the political realities of his time. His “Rape of the Sabine Women,” inspired by the original piece from artist Jacques Louis-David, is his response to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Several rooms of the installation are also dedicated to the work of Picasso’s many contemporaries, who impacted and were also influenced by him. A few of these artists include, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keefe and Jean Metzinger.

The exhibit is the second in a series at the gallery called “Transformations in Modern Art.” The first was “Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860-1910” in 2015.

The show is organized by director Dr. Janne Sirén and curator Holly E. Hughes.

“Picasso: The Artist and His Models” will show at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery until Feb. 19. Timed tickets for the event are available.

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