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theartsdesk in New York 1: Guitar Month

theartsdesk in New York 1: Guitar Month

Stradivari, Picasso and Knopfler meet in the city's biggest museums

John Monteleone's Four Seasons collection of guitars. Four Seasons guitars include silver, diamonds and rubies All images © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

February is guitar month in New York City. Synchronicity rules at those two giants, the MoMA and the Met. At MoMA, Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 shows his austere guitar paintings, collages and drawings - often using newspaper, wallpaper and sand - as well as constructions of guitars made of cardboard and one of sheet metal and wire. “What is it? Painting or sculpture?” asked snooty visitors to his Paris studio. “It’s nothing, it’s el guitare,” Picasso, who didn’t play an instrument, is said to have replied.

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