About Face: Selections from the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books

May 21–Jun 5, 2001


Pablo Picasso. The Weeping Woman, I (La Femme qui pleure, I), State III. July 1, 1937. Drypoint, aquatint, etching, and scraper; plate: 27 1/8 × 19 1/2″ (68.9 × 49.5 cm); sheet: 30 5/16 × 22 5/16″ (77 × 56.7 cm). Publisher: the artist, Paris. Printer: Lacourière, Paris. Edition: 15. Acquired through the generosity of the Katsko Suzuki Memorial Fund, the Riva Castleman Endowment Fund, David Rockefeller, The Philip and Lynn Straus Foundation Fund, and Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; Linda and Bill Goldstein, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert D. Schimmel, the Edward John Noble Foundation, and the Associates of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books; The Cowles Charitable Trust, Nelson Blitz, Jr. with Catherine Woodard and Perri and Allison Blitz, Mary Ellen Meehan, and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro; and Ruth and Louis Aledort, Carol and Bert Freidus, David S. Orentreich, M.D., and Susan and Peter Ralston. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Throughout art history, portraits have fulfilled a range of social and cultural functions from official tributes to family homages to idealizations of the anonymous everyman. Modern artists have continued this tradition and have also used faces to evoke a panoply of expressive states. Contemporary artists have found increasingly inventive and conceptual approaches to this traditional genre. This exhibition of approximately fifty works draws from the Museum’s unparalleled holdings of modern and contemporary prints and showcases numerous recent acquisitions never before on view. Among the artists represented are Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Richard Hamilton, and Sherrie Levine.

Organized by Wendy Weitman, Associate Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.



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