From the news desk of Maria Kochetkova (on Twiiter):
Picasso Ballet Tapestry Hangs on the Edge of Eviction
Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:28 AM
I'm glad it's been given at least temporary reprieve! It just seems wrong that an artwork of this magnitude could be subject to the whim of one restaurant owner.
Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:12 PM
I would question the Times quote from John Richardson about the importance of the curtain, perhaps he is referring to the costume and sets. And especially in comparison to the stunningly brilliant and complex curtains for Parade and Le Train Bleu which are more usually cited by art historians.
According to Richardson in his biography of Picasso, the curtain was a compromise – the original design "too polemical and un-Spanish" for Massine and Diaghilev – and the result "as stylistically harmonious and unchallenging as a travel poster."
Alfred Barr at the Museum of Modern Art thought Phyllis Lambert would be paying too much for it for the Seagram at $50,000, instead of $15,000. (When Diaghilev originally cut the section out to make it more saleable, he said that if anyone missed it, "we'd say we were afraid it might get spolt, if we went on using it ...")
Of course what's right in the context of architecture – and of a masterpiece such as the Seagram Building – is a different matter than what would go in a museum, more a harmony with architecture than a distracting melody.
Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:01 PM
Maybe someone in Seattle could buy it.
Not right now -- we're in the middle of some infrastructure hullabaloo. (drilling impossible tunnel and drill has been damaged, underground. Seattle may become Boston West if we don't catch some luck) I do truly hope that it can be saved somewhere, though.
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