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Beyond Black & White

We couldn’t have been more jazzed than we saw the convergence of two of our favorite things—fine art and a black-and-white color palette—at the Guggenheim this fall in Picasso Black and White. An exploration of 118 of the Spanish maestro’s b&w paintings, illustrations, and sculptures from 1904 to 1971, the exhibit highlights the depth, complexity, and emotion of what seem, at first glance, like simpler works.

The show tracks the artist’s development from his early monochromatic pieces to his Cubist canvases, war commentaries, and more, proving that sometimes the choice of black, white, and gray makes a more powerful statement than color. The exhibit—a don’t-miss event—runs through January 23, 2013.

Marie-Thérèse, Face and Profile

Mother with Dead Child II, Postscript to Guernica

The Milliner’s Workshop

In honor of Picasso and the show, here are two black-and-white room inspirations to get your creative juices flowing.


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silver price October 27, 2012 at 5:24 am

Carmen Gimenez, curator of 20th century art at the Guggenheim, explained that while Picasso is associated with a bright, primary palette, the black and white color scheme speaks to the Picasso’s desire for intensity, not his or her mood.


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