For much of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was at the forefront of modern art, the acknowledged master who lived a celebrated, almost mythic life. But the work of his later years, done up to his death at age 91, has at times been taken less seriously, as more an appendage to his earlier, revolutionary turns. A strong case for those later works is being made now in a major exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in New York.
The show is curated by Picasso’s biographer and friend, John Richardson. I recently sat down with him at the gallery for a conversation: