The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Modern art historian Christopher Green explores Pablo Picasso's negotiation of several overlaid relationships: between Cubism and his so-called neoclassicism, between himself as artist and his subjects, and between "classic" Picasso and "realist" Picasso. Green explores how the artist repeatedly returned to "classic" modes of representation as driven by his wish to capture and possess his lived experience of things and bodies in the world. It argues for a profound relationship between his most "difficult" Cubist work of 1911-12 as well as his early academic drawings after antiquity and his most lucid "classical" work of 1915 and after. Alongside Picasso's Cubism, Green gives special attention to his drawings inspired by Jean August Dominique Ingres and his etchings accompanying Honoré de Balzac's novella "Le Chef doeuvre inconnu" ("The Unknown Masterpiece").

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique on view at the Getty Villa November 2, 2011 through January 16, 2012.

About Christopher Green
Christopher Green is professor emeritus at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He has published widely on 20th Century modernism and been involved as curator or consultant on many exhibitions, including Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique. His books include Art in France, 1900-1940 (2000), Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo (2005) and Life and Death in Picasso: Still-life/Figure, c.1907-1933 (2009). In 1999, he curated Art Made Modern: Roger Fry's Vision of Art at the Courtauld Institute, London, and in 2005-06 he co-curated Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris at Tate Modern in London, the Musée du Grand Palais in Paris, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 1995 he also published a "fictional history," a novel entitled One Man Show (Little Brown). He is currently involved in two exhibitions which will open in February 2012: Picasso and Modern Art in Britain (Tate Britain, London) and Piet Mondrian/Ben Nicholson: In Parallel (Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

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Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.