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 - a a Picasso Day Chicago Unveils Whatsit CHICAGO...
a a Picasso Day Chicago Unveils Whatsit CHICAGO (AP) - Today was Picasso day in Chicago. Mayor Richard J. Daley made the designation in honor of Pablo Picasso, who gave to the city the design for a five-story sculpture for the plaza in front of the new civic center. Even before the unveiling in ceremonies todny, the work was the center of controversy. Art lovers termed it another masterpiece from the hand.'; of the ©-year-old artist, long considered the leader of the avant garde of the art world. Other labeled the 160-ton. 50- loot absti-action in rusty steel a $300,000 piece of junk. Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize - winning poet, wrote a poem to commemorate the occasion in which she takes note of the controversy. Tlie poem begins: "Does man love nrt? Man visits art, but oqutrms. ".^•t huius. Art ui'gi.s Voyages— "And ji is easier to stay at home, "The nice beer ready. . . ." As with -SO .nuch of Picasso's work, it the "what is it?" that has stirred up speculation and controversy—and ever anger. Tlip scuJp'.'jr" has been likened to a woman'i nfad, the head of a long-eared dug. a chik!'.'^ ski blide. n Ti-ojim dove, an api^ and a baboon. Usut.lly a is referred to as CSiicago's Pica.sso. ?3(H),000 Building Job The artist piesented it as a gift to the people of the city. The $300,000 cost of fabricating and installing the sculpture was subscribed by charitable foundations. Picasso is not e.vpccled to attend the unveiling. a

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  1. Mt. Vernon Register-News,
  2. 15 Aug 1967, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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