Art: Picasso Presents

It is a wry paradox of art history that some of the most influential sculptures of modern times were never actually seen by the men they influenced. They were four metal-rod constructions that Picasso made in 1928-29. Known only from photographs, these light, airy images—a form of "drawing in space" —helped shift the attention of postwar sculptors in America and Europe away from the solid block and toward open structure. But Picasso never allowed them to be sold to a dealer, a collector, or a museum; they remained in his own collection in France...

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