Picasso and American Art

February 23-May 28, 2007

Pablo Picasso has had an enormous impact on generations of artists, from his contemporaries to today's artistic senior statesmen. Among those who responded to his work are some of the best-known American artists of the modern era, including Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Max Weber — artists who directly and openly interpreted Picasso's style, appropriated his palette, or used his work as a point of departure. Picasso and American Art assembles nearly 150 pieces by these and other Americans alongside the works that inspired them, offering unprecedented insights into the way Picasso's legacy aesthetically informed a country he never visited and giving viewers a rare context for considering modern masterpieces.

This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The exhibition and catalogue are made possible through a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Major support is provided by the Birchrock Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support is provided by Linda and Harry Macklowe, Susan R. Malloy, Robert E. Meyerhoff, the Mary and Louis S. Myers Foundation, Aaron I. Fleishman, and Irvin and Lois E. Cohen. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Bank of America

Lead support for the San Francisco presentation is provided by Bank of America and the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund. Major support is provided by Koret Foundation Funds, Robert Mondavi Winery, and the Modern Art Council. Media support is provided by KQED and San Francisco magazine.

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Picasso, portrait of seated woman

Pablo Picasso, Femme Assise (Seated Woman), 1927; collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; purchase, with assistance from the Women's Committee and anonymous contributions, 1964; © 2006 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photo: Carlo Catenazzi, Art Gallery of Ontario