Special Issue "Picasso Studies (50th Anniversary Edition)"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 129

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Enrique Mallen
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Guest Editor
World Languages & Cultures, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341, USA
Interests: Picasso studies; cognitive studies (art and psychology); semiotics of art; linguistics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Pablo Ruiz Picasso died in Mougins, France, on April 8, 1973, and in 2023, we will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death. In what has been called a “Picasso Celebration,” major cultural institutions will be organizing approximately 50 exhibitions, conferences and events in cities around Europe and North America which will take place throughout the year. There will not be any shortage of material. In a career spanning nearly eight decades, Picasso is said to have created over 50,000 works of art ranging from paintings, drawings and sculptures to ceramics, engravings and lithographs in an incredible range of styles that have established him as, arguably, the most influential and celebrated artist of the past 150 years. The Picasso Celebration program will trace a historiographical approach to his incredible and revolutionary artistic output. Planned shows include “Cubism and the Trompe L’Oeil Tradition” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (20 October–22 January 2023); “Picasso 1969-1972: the End of the Beginning” at the Musée Picasso in Antibes (8 April 2023–25 June); “Young Picasso in Paris” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (12 May 2023–7 August) and “Picasso vs Velázquez at the Casa de Velázquez” in Madrid (September 2023–November), among many others. That there are still things to cover in Picasso’s career should not surprise us. As Anne Umland, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has pointed out, "any time you go back to Picasso you always discover something new.” It is not only the enormous quantity and quality of his output that continue to astound the world, but also its currency in art today. Among the many significant symposia hosted in 2023, the one held at UNESCO in Paris will examine “Picasso in the 21st century; historical and cultural issues.” What type of influence can an artist who died fifty years ago have on the present? Nadia Arroyo, Director of Culture for the MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid, has explained: “Picasso is so influential because we can find different artists in only one artist.” This Special Issue is part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death and will focus on the varied and contemporary nature of his artistic production. Therefore, it is open to any contributions dealing with a contrastive analysis of his different styles, media and influences and their impact on art today.

Prof. Dr. Enrique Mallen
Guest Editor

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  • Picasso
  • celebration
  • styles
  • media
  • influences
  • contrast

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