The strong should go ahead and take what they want: Such a quasi-Nietzschean maxim is dynamite in the head of an impressionable young person, and that is what Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) likely heard while in his late teens. Living in Barcelona, the most cosmopolitan city in Spain, the teenage student-painter hung out with a circle of avant-garde artists and writers who gathered at a local tavern, Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats). Picasso’s biographer John Richardson argues that young Pablo absorbed Nietzschean ideas about the exalted role of the artist with consequences that would astonish the European art world. Read more here:
Hyperallergic: A Century of the Artist’s Studio Is a Peek Into the Artist’s Mind.
Muralist Noni Olabisi, whose art galvanized South Los Angeles communities, dies at 67
Noni Olabisi’s generosity and provocative work embodied “the power of art to transform and make real our stories,” as one collaborator remembers.