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THE EDWARDSVILLL ·NTELLIGENCER s a Thing All by Itself e c e m b e r , J a n - h e r n t h s a w o u l d r y lor p e r i o d . Some, p o r t u n i - i l y l o support w o r k , n o t l i n l l i - u c a t i o n d u r i p e r i o d . a c y In ass could be g l e a c h e r s to i n s t e a d o f n i n e y now re- t i n s is a p p a r e d v o c a l s of h a v e in e r p l a n docs not school l i n a ; it merely c a l p l a n t c a n l l y . t r i c t s leel n t a y e a r - s h o u l d do so l s o lashed o u t a d m i n i s t r a t o r s l e n t h u s i a s m l o r i n g . He is corn i v o c a t i o n a l n e g l e c t e d , i n I h e e x p e n s i v e n d in p a r l i l i e d l o d more a l e i n d u s - g u v be e d al t h e b l i s h m e n t is o o l m e n and a l l i e s lo go e r e n n i a l proposal e m a n d a - c e age d u c e j u v e n i l e p r o v i d e voca- l o r t h o s e w h o u n a b l e to l y t e c h - wrong w i t h However, in q u a t e d voca- o n p l a n t s i n m a n y and the s h o r t age r u c t o r s , r a i s i r y school a t - r e a l l y o l u t i o n . I h e governor in " i r r i l i n g profession." l!y J o h n Canaclay (e) 111(17 New York Times Now York « T I 1 K PICASSO .sculpture (50 feel high, H3 I o n s ol stool) u n v e i l e d in Chicago's Civic Center pla/.a last, m o n t h , has been Ihe s u b j e c t ot controversy ( i n l h a t , c i t y ) ot a n a t u r e h a r d l y c r e d i b l e , in the y e a r 11)117, I'lcas.so's p o l i t i c s and Ins p r i v a l e . l i f e have, 'joen thrashed over once more, as i f . they had any c o n n e c t i o n with the m e r i t s or d e m e r i t s of his s c u l p t u r e , and Ihose m e r i t s and d e m e n l s h a v e been eval- u a t e d by an e s l l i e t i e .standard t h a i should h a v e gone tip m smoke w i t h the rest ot old C h i c a g o m I ho lire, ol 1871. M a k i n g a l l o w a n c e for a degree ol r e t a r d a t i o n , I h o h u b - bub would have, been under- s t a n d a b l e 30 years ago in a c o u n t r y w h o r e the Depression had g e n e r a t e d t h e WPA style - -ii c o m b i n a t i o n of f l a l l o o t o d r e a l i s m , backwoods iconography and l l a t u l e n t i d e a l i s m -- as Ihe .standard for p u b l i c monu- m e n t s , and when the mar.ner l h a l Picasso r e f u r b i s h e d f o r l l u s m o n u m e n t w a s s t i l l new, 10 v e i l 31 y e a r s ago Ihe ruclc- tis w o u l d have been under- s t a n d a b l e , a l l h o u g h u n e x p e c t ed m i t s v e h e m e n c e , as a re- s u l u a l b c l o g i i i c n l in a c i I y l h a t h a d m a n a g e d , f a s c i n a t i n g - ly, i n reach t h e top of the h e a p a r e h i l e c t u r a l l y w h i 1 e h a m s l i m u ' i n p a i n t i n g a n d s c u l p t u r e liv some clamnroii.s n t , I h e ol- W i l l i a m G . r k on t h e l o d e c i p h e r its ol e x t r a w o r k s i s t a n t s h a v e t h o u s a n d s o l i l l b e a l l e d e d the l o r c i n v o l v e d e l a x p r o b l e m s , v c . s , l o r I h e i b u t i m ! lo Ihe m e m b e r s ol a g u a r d . l i n t t h i s i s lilti", and t h e f a c t l h a t s o m a n y C h i e r g o a n s h a v e been pu//.led and a r n e r e d by t h i s not very a d v a n c e d sculp- l u i e -- t h i s s c u l p t u r e i n w h a t has become v i r t u a l l y a class i c a l , il not q u i t e a conserva- t i v e , aoth-CciHury s t y l e -- a n d l h a l t h e y should he irate lor r e a s o n s l h a t l a k e u s . s l n i ' C h l back to S i n c l a i r Lewis' "Main Sired" -- all this l e a v e s one HHape. Homemade Burlesque J o h n J, l l o e l l e n , who appeared at a m e e t i n g ol the city c o u n c i l b e a r i n g a home- m a d e b u r l e s q u e of the Picasso and i n t r o d u c e d a proposal thai t h e s c u l p t u r e itself b e s e n t back where it c a m e I ram ( w h i c h , i n l i t e r a l f a c t , would m e a n Hie A m e r i c a n b r i d g e division of Ihe U n i t e d Slates Steel Corporation i n G a r y , 1ml., where il was f a b r i c a t e d from Picasso's s m a l l ma- q u c l l e ) and l h a t a s t a t u e of K r n i e B a n I; s, Ihe C h i c a g o C u b s ' b a s e b a l l s t a r , be eroded in i t s place. N o t h i n g c a m e o 1 t h i s a r r e s t i n g idea except t h a t a m o t i o n lo c e n s u r e Ald e r m a n l l o e l l e n w a s introduced and I l i e n w i t h d r a w n a.s a bore. Dili a n u m b e r ol leltors to t h i s d e p a r t m e n t as well as a c o n t i n u e d seething in Ihe Chic a g o press h a v e indie; ted lhal n great m a n y Chicagoaiis really do l o a t h e their c i t y ' s new o r n a m e n t . The C h i c a g o T r i b u n e has edit o r i a l i s e d a t such l e n g t h a g a i n s t t h e s c u l p t u r e ( m i n d p u / , x l i n g t h i n g is l h a t such you, it is f i n e lor all the objections to be a i r e d ; Ihe only c u r i o u s objections s h o u l d be r a k e d up for a i r i n g ) t h a t on Aug. 17 an a d v e r t i s e m e n t in t h a i paper taken by DcPaul U n i v e r s i t y sounded l i k e a p a i d rebuttal. Morris Banuani, the Vinc e n U a n Fathers arli.st-in-re.si- dence, pointed out that "the f a c t that Picasso is a Comm u n i s t and has had a long succession ol mistresses has no relation to his art, Art is one thing. Politics and m i . v . i ^ ' c s s o m e t h i n g else " Also in h i s "prime)' for t h e perplexed" Bura'/.ani said t h a i " s c u l p t u r e is not n e c e s s a r i l y a represent a t i o n of a H u n g ; it is a t h i n g all by i t s e l f . " T h i s is w e l l s a i d ; vvh it is s u r p r i s i n g is t h a t it s h o u l d need s a y i n g a g a i n . A n d yet t h e e x c i t e m e n t in C h i c a g o has con- l o r o d u p o n Ihe q u e s t i o n ;.s lo w h a t Ihe s c u l p t u r e r e p r e s e n t s , Single Objection This opens the b a c k door lo I h e s i n g l e o b j e c t i o n I can see a s v a l i d , w h i c h i s l h a l , r a l l i c r t h a n not looking e n o u g h l i k e looks too much like something. son-milling, it looks loo m u c h l i k e s o m e t h i n g . Simply a s a n object, as "a I h i n g all by its e l f , " the s c u l p t u r e is a handsome design, an ingenious con- t r i v a n c e at huge scale, a satis- I'.yingly f i r m piece of engineering t h a t harmoimos in its s l r u d u r e a n d i t s m a t e r i a l w i t h the new Civic. Center b u i l d i n g t h a i d o m i n a t e s the plaza, Regarded av. a huge a b s t r a c t stabile ( b o r r o w i n g Cahlcr's t e r m ) the Picasso is a b r i l l i a n t success in s i t u . The t r o u b l e comes when t h e a b s t r a c t s l a b i l e turns out lo be only a semiabstract s c u l p t u r e , Just P l a i n U g l y The. d e s i g n i s a b s t r a c t e d from a woman's head, and as a w o m a n ' s head il is d i s t u r b - ingly snouted and j u s t p l a i n ugly no m a t t e r how i n t e r e s t i n g it remains a.s an exorcise, a v a r i a t i o n on a t h o m c l h a l Picasso has juggled for years. U n f o r t u n a t e l y Picasso's f r i e n d , Iho photographer D a v i d Douglas D u n c a n , h a s also i d e n t i f i e d a f r o n t a l v i e w of (ho sculpture, w i t h its snout and its wing-like side c l c m e n l s , as n ''port r a i t " of Picasso's long-nosed a n d l o n g - e a r e d pel hotn.d, a serious disservice, As a dog's p o r t r a i t the .sculpture would be t r u l y Ihe joke l h a l .some C h i c a has been played on them. Or as a piece of symbolism there has been e n d l e s s o n j a b o u t t h i s , w i'i Picass'i. a l w a y s , refusing lo the s c u l p l n i T is reduced g a m e of charades. All ol this mii'il be ignored. The Chicago Picasso is an object of u c e r t a i n sixe in a c e r t a i n way to a c e r t a i n place, and as is a success. I f - t h e Chicago Picasso, the c u r r e n l foolishness .surrounding it wears i t s e l f comes an expressive work of a r t for people in general, it will be because il has captured some of Ihe energy and wild i n v e n t i o n l h a l i/.e our time, not because it set out lo express a social ideal c,'' some kind.

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  1. The Edwardsville Intelligencer,
  2. 06 Sep 1967, Wed,
  3. Page 4

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