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Podcast: Picasso and the Art Market (Audio)

June 18th, 2012

Pablo Picasso, Figures au bord de la mer (Figures on the Seashore), 1931

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Figures au bord de la mer (Figures on the Seashore), 1931 Oil on canvas 130 x 195 cm Pablo Picasso gift-in-lieu, 1979, MP131 Musée National Picasso, Paris © Picasso Estate SODRAC (2012) © RMN/René-Gabriel Ojéda.

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Molly Ott Ambler and Elizabeth Gorayeb
Recorded on Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m. in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:20:41

Molly Ott Ambler and Elizabeth Gorayeb, vice-presidents from Sotheby’s New York, visited the AGO on June 6 for a fascinating discussion about the intriguing world of the art market for Pablo Picasso while he was alive, as well as his relationship with his dealers. They also addressed the current market for Picasso’s work. Ms. Ott Ambler, as director of Day Sales and in her 15 years at Sotheby’s, has been privileged to handle Picasso’s works from every period and in every medium, from delicate pencil drawings to unique terracotta hand-painted owls. Ms. Gorayeb has been involved with many record breaking sales including Picasso’s Homme á la pipe.

Presented in partnership with Sotheby’s Canada.

The Silent Muse: the Influence of African Art on Picasso’s Early Work with Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford (Audio)

May 18th, 2012

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937.

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Oil on canvas 92 x 65 cm Musée National Picasso, Paris Pablo Picasso gift-in-lieu, 1979, MP158 (C) Succession Picasso, 2011 (C) RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

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Recorded: Wednesday, May 9, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:34:04

During the early years of the twentieth century a new form of painting was born. This was not a further resolution of the aesthetic conundrum that had been teasing European artists for centuries – this wasn’t an evolutionary step that took us closer to understanding the mechanics of paint and canvas – this was the establishment of a new kind of aesthetic aim. This is the beginning of a radical change in pre-war cultural trajectory, an unstoppable revolution that defined post-war popular culture, and continues to inform the arts. It was a shift that found its most dramatic form in the work of Pablo Picasso, but was triggered and inspired by the art of Africa.