Picasso, larger than life

Who’s that hanging out on Cooper Union’s Foundation Building in New York’s East Village? Why, it’s a gigantic Picasso portrait of Stalin!

The banner is part of a free exhibition by Norwegian artist Lene Berg, “Stalin by Picasso or Portrait of Woman with Moustache,” which explores the personal, political, artistic and media implications of Picasso’s simple drawing of Stalin.

The portrait was commissioned for a French Communist newspaper, Les Lettres Francaises, to memorialize Stalin’s death on the front page of the newspaper. Picasso’s drawing was considered unflattering and led to his expulsion from the party.

“Stalin by Picasso or Portrait of Woman with Moustache” runs through December 6.

Photos above and below by Bryan Zimmerman.

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