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The Fifty-Eighth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Picasso and Truth, Part 2: Room

T. J. Clark, George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair and professor of history of art, University of California, Berkeley. Centered on a group of paintings by Picasso from the 1920s, a series of six lectures traces the artist's path to Guernica. In this audio podcast of the second lecture, originally delivered at the National Gallery of Art on March 29, 2009, the renowned art historian and professor T. J. Clark focuses on Guitar and Mandolin on a Table (1924). In this work, one of Picasso's largest still lifes, a new attempt is made to open the intimate, enclosed space of cubism to the outside world-the world of sheer appearance, rather than the previous Picasso world of possession and touch.