Picasso the Foreigner: Annie Cohen-Solal in Conversation with Blair Asbury Brooks

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Blair Asbury Brooks, the book cover of Picasso the Foreigner, and Annie-Cohen Solal
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


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Before Picasso became Picasso — the iconic artist now celebrated as one of France’s leading figures — he was constantly surveilled by the police, facing a triple stigma as a foreigner, a political radical, and an avant-garde artist. Biographer Annie Cohen-Solal presents a bold new understanding of Pablo Picasso’s tempestuous relationship with his adopted homeland in this groundbreaking narrative. Cohen-Solal, a distinguished professor at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, who has also written biographies of Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Castelli, and Mark Rothko, speaks with Blair Asbury Brooks, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Brooks was the Leon Levy Center for Biography’s Dissertation Fellow in 2021-2022.      

Presented with the Leon Levy Center for Biography.

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A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

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