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Picasso: Official Website

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So you can’t make the ”Picasso and Portraiture” show currently at New York’s Museum of Modern Art? Then try this ”official” site (there are some 40 other Picasso-related pages). Sponsored in part by the artist’s heirs, Picasso: Official Website offers a meticulous list of all the Picasso exhibitions around the world. Its centerpiece is a dazzling virtual visit to MoMA: Nearly 60 enlargeable images from the show’s 230 drawings and paintings have been arranged in a scrapbook interface and divided (as is the exhibit itself) by subject — Women, Family, and Friends. With the artist’s dizzying array of styles — from neoclassical to surrealist — and with no accompanying commentary (other than names, dates, and a copy of MoMA’s press release), the effect can be much like Picasso’s cubist period: powerful but enigmatic. B+