Modern master Pablo Picasso's views on art are outrageous and iconoclastic. He was generally reticent on the subject of the work of others, preferring to joke rather than discuss. And he was true to form in the interviews in this volume. Rather than spout theory, Picasso offers pronouncements and quips from his high post....
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Picasso on Art: A Selection of Views Reviews
Frank Auerbach said that any artist coming after Picasso feels like a stray dog following a circus. Philip Guston said Picasso was a volcano. The mighty Picasso, more like a geographical event than a human being!And it's true. The output of the man beggars belief. I like to think of him as a power source that we can all plug into. However, unlike many great artists his writings/sayings are few and far between. This book is a collection of some of his best quotes. Edited by the mighty Dore Ashton, it's organised thematically and often repeats some of the quotes if they hit a couple of the themes. As a dyslexic reader I appreciated this repetition. I also enjoyed Picasso's no-nonsense, plain-speaking style.Most of what he says can be boiled down to the Nike tagline 'Just do it'. He's opposed to too much forethought or abstraction. Everything has to take place in response to the work.But, the most interesting thing is his distinction between searching and finding. From his famous quote, 'I don’t search, I find'. This has always puzzled me. I would have thought of searching as an activity that was a precondition to the act of finding. How can you find something if you don't first look for it? But for Picasso they represent two different approaches. If anything, searching precludes finding! The searcher searches, that's what she does. The finder finds, that's what she does. So searching is an activity marked by dissatisfaction, possibly by an attitude of isolation, perfectionism, judgement? Finding however is an attitude of excitement and engagement with the world? Grab pretty much the first thing you find, Picasso implies, that's all you need. The world is so exciting, you only have to reach out and take. Draw the first thing that comes into your head (or hand). It's great because every thing is fundamentally great. React to that drawing intuitively. Keep doing this until you want to do something else. What's the searcher doing on the other hand? He's done a drawing and now he's pulling his hair out and beating his chest. Aaargh, it's rubbish, I'm rubbish! He does another drawing, this one's okay…..wait a minute, oh gawd, it's not okay, yesterday it was okay, now it's rubbish! (This is me, dear reader.)To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what Picasso is getting at. I'm still thinking about it. (Is he talking about the critical faculty? Is it about having, as Adam Phillips might say, a faculty of appreciation rather than a critical (or self-critical) faculty.)There's something sometimes annoyingly strident about Picasso. Was there ever a person so unhampered by self-doubt? Does he even have a super-ego? But there is undeniably something deeply healthy about his approach.To be so productive without being compelled or driven…. For work to just flow from you…. This has got be to do with his searching/finding idea. If I could just work out what he's getting at.Anyway, this book isn't just a joy to read, it's a proper self-help book. In the best sense!
This is one of my top 10 [and maybe top 5:] favorite books ever!So, we know Picasso is a genius, right?--that he was a great painter. But he's also a great talker! [and thinker, included:]. Like the whole book is pure gold!Example: "What I find horrible nowadays is that people are always trying to find a personality for themselves. Nobody bothers about what you might call a painter's ideal...the kind that's always existed. (I say ideal because that's what comes nearest to it.) No. They couldn't care less about that. "All they're trying to do is to make the world a present of their personality. It's horrible. Besides, if you're trying to find something, it means you haven't got it. And if you find it simply by looking for it, that means it's false. For my part, I can't do anything else but what I am doing."Isn't it great? And God bless Dore Ashton's heart! Sometimes I can never remember if it's Dore Ashton or Ashton Dore [I guess b/c of Gustav Dore:].I can't even remember if it's a male or female. But I know I've looked it up--and I met someone who met him/her on an airplane, also. Maybe it was Budge Hyde?So, anyhow, buy this book! I love it so much, I was buying it for people's birthday presents for a while. I even used it in a class one time--made the children buy it. So they could write essays about it, or use it as an example of thinking.Okay/Sincerely!
This gem is a collection of Picasso's thoughts on art, as compiled from obscure sources. Often vague, sometimes confusing, and very worthwhile.
It wasn't really a properly structured book with meaningful chapters. It was a collection of Picasso's quotes, some very interesting and some not so much. In the end, it just lacked to be a book.