Picasso never ceases to amaze. In the new exhibit at the Frick Collection, “Picasso’s Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Traditions,” more than 60 works by the master not only reflect his genius but demonstrate the variety of his skills and the fertility of his imagination.
During the period covered Picasso was experimenting and stretching the boundaries of art as previously practiced. This exhibit, which is likely to be extremely popular, as is the case whenever Picasso’s work is shown, contains drawings in pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache, pastel and chalk.
One can trace the artist’s creativity in different directions in this especially important period of his development. Of course, each work has its own intrinsic value, but taken together they constitute a trajectory for Picasso as he attempted assorted styles reflecting new ideas and new challenges.
The intimacy of the Frick, a jewel box of a museum, provides the perfect setting for this show (October 4, 2011-January 8, 2012). It is not to be missed. At the Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street Phone: 212-288-0700.