Art: Picasso: The Last Picture Show

At Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum, the final decade

That Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was the most prodigally gifted artist of the 20th century can hardly be in doubt, even among those who can make the effort to see him with a measure of skepticism or detachment. But his last years have always posed a problem. When the Palace of the Popes in Avignon was filled with Picasso's last paintings in the summer of 1973, they caused as much disappointment as surprise. Picasso appeared to have spent his dotage at a costume party in a whorehouse. The...

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