Clipped From Freeport Journal-Standard
Pab/o Picasso's Gift To Chicago Chicago's politicians, most of them never particularly noted for their taste, much less their knowledge knowledge of art or the work of Pablo Picasso, have amused themselves no end over the five story high steel sculpture that Picasso gave to the city. One alderman has suggested that it may be a dodo bird, a Barbary ape or a long haired dog. A highly placed member of Mayor Daley's administration has expressed his belief that it may belong in a zoo. We can only hope that such joshing joshing has about run its course. In the meantime, M. W. Newman has written written an interesting article in the Chicago Daily News, accompanied by reproductions of other Picasso works, explaining his view that the massive sculpture is a woman's head. And he offers an interpreta- tion understandable to the layman of what Picasso may have been trying to say with this sculpture, drawing upon the artist's other paintings and sculptures of women to help turn the "Chicago Picasso" into something more than the target of a series of bad jokes. Read the article, if you get a chance. It was on the back page of Wednesday's Daily News. And better better yet, go to Chicago sometime after the sculpture is unveiled next Tuesday and see for yourself this admirable addition to the Loop's Civic Center Plaza. If you wonder why Picasso would have sculptured a woman that way, Mr. Newman reminds you that the sculptor has his own cryptic answer: "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."