Sculpture: An Old Maestro's Magic

Right up to the moment that the billowing blue percale veil covering Pablo Picasso's 50-ft. sculpture came tumbling down last week in Chicago, the debate continued. Was it a bird, a woman, an Afghan hound, a Barbary ape, a cruel hoax, a Communist plot, or Superman? Alderman John J. Hoellen introduced a resolution in the city council to replace the work with a statue of Chicago Cubs First Baseman Ernie Banks. And Alderman Thomas Rosenberg countered with a proposal to send a statue of Alderman Hoellen to Paris' redlit Pigalle. Mused the Chicago Sun-Times: "Picasso himself must be the...

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