|Matthew Algeo presents When Harry Met Pablo: Truman, Picasso, and the Cold War Politics of Modern A
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|Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 10 PM EST
|A rigorous history with a heartwarming center, When Harry Met Pablo intertwines the biographies of Truman and Picasso, the history of modern art, and twentieth-century American politics.
Third Place Books welcomes Matthew Algeo to our Ravenna store! Algeo will be discussing his new book, When Harry Met Pablo: Truman, Picasso, and the Cold War Politics of Modern Art, on how the two contemporaries were both shaped by and shapers of the great events of the twentieth century. This event is free and open to the public.
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About When Harry Met Pablo. . .
Truman and Picasso were contemporaries and were both shaped by and shapers of the great events of the twentieth centurythe man who painted Guernica and the man who authorized the use of atomic bombs against civilians. But in most ways, they couldnt have been more different. Picasso was a communist, and probably the only thing Harry Truman hated more than communists was modern art. Picasso was an indifferent father, a womanizer, and a millionaire. Truman was utterly devoted to his family and, despite his fame, far from a rich man. How did they come to be shaking hands in front of Picassos studio in the south of France?
Trumans meeting with Picasso was quietly arranged by Alfred H. Barr Jr., the founding director of New Yorks Museum of Modern Art and an early champion of Picasso. Barr knew that if he could convince these two ideological antipodes, the straight-talking politician from Missouri and the Cubist painter from Mlaga, to simply shake hands, it would send a powerful message, not just to reactionary Republicans pushing McCarthyism at home, but to the whole world: modern art was not evil.
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