Happy birthday, Pablo Picasso!
Today we celebrate the birthday of one of art’s most important pioneers, Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso, born on this day in 1881. And you thought you had trouble being understood.
And speaking of Picasso and misunderstandings, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you about Gordon Lee, the Georgia retailer who was arrested for distributing an excerpt of Nick Bertozzi’s now published graphic novel The Salon, depicting the first meeting between Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. On three pages of the eight page section, Picasso was drawn in the nude, a factually accurate detail for the period during which the story is set. The case has wound its way through Georgia courts for the last three years, at a cost of over $80,000 to Lee and his defenders, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. So we remind you to please donate today.