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[Music] so what are we looking at here this is a sculpture by Pablo Picasso it dates to 1912 called guitar made out of sheet metal that picasso cut and crimped and folded so this one is awesome it's just a fascinating thing to look at it it's something that I mean a guitar is never a mundane thing that's what's fun about it even if you put a guitar on your wall it kind of inspires you I like to leave my guitar in the corner of my room it makes me always want to be more creative and this takes there's another level it takes this idea of a guitar and it's it's very recognizable as a guitar but it really plays with the geometry of the guitar and things that you think would pop out or popping in and things that are popping in or are popping out but it's still fundamentally it has the idea of it's a guitar ness and you know the strings don't cross the you know if you I mean it's definitely not a functional guitar but it definitely could be what a guitar is so at least aesthetically I get this I think Picasso is applauding your interpretation when you think about sculpture what comes to mind what kinds of subjects have you seen in sculpture more classical sculpture which is you know the venus de milo and then and then you have the word geometric type of sculptures and more modern sculptures absolutely now this is something that was made in 1912 and when it was made I think that that more classical kind of sculpture that you were referring to is really what there was there were sculptures of the human body occasionally there might be a piece of armor there might be some drapery that was sculpted there might be a horse but sculpture was always about something that existed in nature something that was not man-made nobody had made a sculpture of a guitar because we make guitars Picasa could become a luthier he could just make a guitar fully appreciate that I mean I think that this is challenging people's notion of art as you just point out well that seems counterintuitive to make a representation of something that we already make and we can make it very well and represent it perfectly here is intentionally representing the essence of the thing about without making the thing how can he create a visual vocabulary that represents the thing while not in any way constructing that thing he has to be really deliberate he has to make sure that that finger board can't actually work otherwise he's making a finger board he's not making a sculpture no you're exactly right it probably several of the guitar like cues and it would still very clearly be a guitar yeah but but you know I I definitely appreciate this I definitely I think get this I think that what's happening at this moment his understanding of art making is coming out of the 19th century when photography had really released artists from the responsibility of having to depict and so now if artists have moved to the sort of second level which is let's focus on the language of depiction as opposed to depiction itself take a look at one of the things that makes it most clear that this is a guitar look at the contours of the body of the guitar that could have s curved on both sides do you notice how they're not the same scale absolutely the console does this kind of thing in a lot of drawings at this time late 1911 1912 because the right side is smaller some art historians have suggested that Picasso was actually representing a guitar not flat against the wall but actually turned slightly in space yeah I definitely see that we're looking at all angles of guitar at once this sculpture is actually coming out of a series of collages that Picasso has been making it's this funny thing where you have the idea of the guitar three-dimensional real thing in the world which then he collapses into the realm of drawing that represents the thing in space but then he literally cuts those things out and reconstructs this in three dimensions and in fact the very first version was made out of paper from the three dimensional to the two dimensional and then back to the three dimensional I think it's fascinating [Music]