EppsNet Archive: Pablo Picasso

A Visit to LACMA: Picasso, Rivera, Modern Art, Renaissance and Reformation

9 Mar 2017 /

Here are some photos from a recent trip to LACMA . . .

We started at the Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time exhibit:

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From there, we visited a modern art exhibit — The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L — a celebration of the renowned Los Angeles print workshop Gemini G.E.L founded 50 years ago in 1966.

For example, here are some black rectangles by Richard Serra:

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Josef Albers also painted a bunch of rectangles (squares, actually) but took things a step further by using different colors:

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Ellsworth Kelly really pushed the envelope by using not only different colors but different four-sided shapes (e.g., trapezoids and parallelograms).

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I had a couple of thoughts on the Gemini G.E.L. exhibit juxtaposed with Picasso and Rivera:

  1. Some people need to get serious.
  2. Some people should be ashamed of themselves.

Rather than end on that note, here are are a couple of pieces from the Renaissance and Reformation exhibit:

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Which is More Valuable: Collaboration or Competence?

29 Jan 2012 /
Pablo Picasso, Three Musicians (1921), Museum ...

Pablo Picasso, Three Musicians (1921), Museum of Modern Art

The title of this post makes a good interview question. Usually, the candidate will say something to the effect of “they’re both valuable” to avoid the possibility of slipping up and choosing the one that the interviewer believes is less valuable.

Let’s say we need to get a picture painted. We could say, “Picasso — you’re our best guy in this area. We’d like you to paint the picture for us.”

Or we could say, “Picasso — work with the steering committee to get that picture painted.”

You could make a case for either approach, but you can’t do both. So which is more valuable?

Personally, I think collaboration is overrated. It leads to the knowledge of experts and novices being given equal weight.

There’s a reason why pilots don’t invite passengers into the cockpit to get their opinions on how to fly the plane . . .

Thus spoke The Programmer.


Five Guys in Europe: Museums

23 Jun 2011 /

Museums: Chocolate and Picasso . . .