BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO PROVIDED BEFORE THIS EXERCISE
PLEASE DO NOT PLAGIARISM
Rethinking The canon
After watching the videos & reading the articles preceding this exercise, how has your understanding of Pablo Picasso and his infamous “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” evolved?
- Why has this painting been celebrated by many art historians? In what ways is Picasso being groundbreaking and innovative?
- In what ways are Picasso, the artists, and “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” the painting, being rethought about today? Why are some contemporary art historians calling for us to rethink the messages and larger stakes of both Picasso as a problematic artist and this painting as a problematic form of representation?
- How can you contribute to these debates by drawing on what you’ve learned in this class thus far, namely in our previous “Rethinking the Canon” exercises?
Pablo Picasso, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (1907, French Cubism, oil on canvas)