Does Picasso still matter by Prof. Karmel


Jan 05 2024


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Department of Art History

Does Picasso Still Matter?

Date: 5th January 2024 (Friday)

Time: 5-6:30pm

Venue: CPD-2.58, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Speaker: Prof. Pepe Karmel (Professor, New York University)

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In his new book, Looking at Picasso, Pepe Karmel approaches the artist’s work through the lens of art rather than biography, showing how he invented multiple new visual languages and transformed the traditional themes of Western art. In this special lecture for the University of Hong Kong, Prof. Karmel will give an overview of his book and will also address the question of whether Picasso’s work still matters today, when contemporary art seems to have evolved so far beyond historic styles like Cubism and Neo-Classicism. Is Picasso’s work a relic of expired revolutions, or does it still speak to art today?


Pepe Karmel is a Professor in the Department of Art History, New York University. He has written widely on modern and contemporary art and is the author of Looking at Picasso, published in autumn 2023, Abstract Art: A Global History (2020) and Picasso and the Invention of Cubism (2003).

This event is made possible through the generous support of The University of Hong Kong Museum Society.

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