Art: Protean Pablo

Red lights gleaming over the marquee of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art one night last week spelt the name PICASSO. Outside, the traffic jam would have done credit to a prize fight. Inside, 4,000 people crowded for a preview of the most comprehensive show ever assembled of work by the world's most famed living artist.

Prospective stock-takers puzzled by any or all of the show's 362 items could resort to a hefty catalogue by Alfred H. Barr Jr., the museum's director, whose running commentary under a great batch of reproductions served as a lecture tour through the galleries.

Certain it is that no...

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