Art: The Adam and Eve of Modernism

Picasso and Braque's "passionate adventure" in Cubism

Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism," which goes on view this week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, is by far the most demanding show MOMA has ever done. Whatever one's stamina for comparing nuances of pictorial meaning, it will be taxed by this long sequence of more than 350 mostly small, mostly brown works of art that fill two floors of the museum through Jan. 16. This will be the array of Cubist evidence at which future scholars will look back. Curator William Rubin, director emeritus of MOMA's department of painting and sculpture, has called in all...

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