Saturday, July 04, 2020

Hannah Gadsby and Picasso

When Hannah Gadsby brings up Pablo Picasso in her comedy special "Nanette", she is dismissive: "I hate Picasso!" She explains that he "suffered… the mental illness of misogyny", as in his seduction at 42 of the 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter. She grants that "cubism is important" because it offers "all the perspectives at once", but she asks, were "any of those perspectives a woman’s?" She later adds that in the reception of Picasso, "our mistake was to invalidate the perspective of a 17-year-old girl." Many might see Gadsby as "cancelling" Picasso, but I see this not as a matter of rejecting his work but of attending to what his work itself rejected. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 4 July)

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