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By Taylor Martyn

“You can’t avoid Picasso … He gets his hooks into you and that’s certainly been happening to me for the past 10 years. You know, the Picasso phenomenon is astonishing and difficult. There is this sort of bizarre way in which we can’t put him behind us …”

– T.J. Clark, the 2009 National Gallery of Art Mellon Lecturer, in an interview with Tyler Green in his blog, “Modern Art Notes,” on March 19. The first lecture in Clark’s series, “Picasso and Truth,” will be held Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Read more from the “Modern Art Notes” interview with Clark. The first of his free lectures, which are collectively titled “Picasso and Truth,” is Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m., at the National Gallery of Art. And get excited for the groundbreaking exhibition, “Picasso and the Allure of Language,” opening at the Nasher Museum on August 20.

IMAGE: Pablo Picasso, “First Steps,” Paris, May 21, 1943, revised summer 1943. Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ x 38 ¼ inches. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903. © 2008 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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