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Two people view Pablo Picasso’s „Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,“ 1907, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Canada Goose Outlet Vincent Van Gogh’s „Sunflowers“ painting, as seen at the Van Gogh uk canada goose outlet Museum in Amsterdam. (LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/Getty Images) Canada Goose Outlet

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But there’s a wider set of questions she wants us to think about: What would art history look like if it represented the visions of women as fully as it represents the visions of men? How would a just representation in art of the visions of all of humanity not just straight white men change our ideas about who we are, and buy canada goose jacket cheap our individual and communal canada goose outlet potential?

These are the same questions http://www.mycanadagoosejacket.org society is asking about other fields of cultural endeavor, from film and literature to music and comedy; from the media and medicine to business and politics. Why does Gadsby focus on art history?

canada goose coats We get close to an answer and a more interestingly conflicted position when she turns to Picasso and cubism. buy canada goose jacket At the outset, she damns Picasso for his well known misogyny („I hate him,“ she spits, and you believe her) and in particular for his affair with Marie Thrse Walter, who was 17 when they met. (He was 45). moncler pas cher canada goose coats

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It’s a mistake, Gadsby argues, to insist that we should keep art Canada Goose Outlet and the lives of the flawed people who make it separate. Doing so simply plays canada goose store into the hands of the powerful men who elevate their own reputations above the lives of the less powerful usually young women. nike air max thea puma chaussures

Yet it’s not long before Gadsby circles around to the other side of the issue and like a whole new type of comedian; a cubist comedian! looks at it from an entirely different angle.

„Cubism is important,“ she uk canada goose says. „It was a real game changer.“ By opening up multiple perspectives, Picasso, she says, „freed us from the slavery of having to reproduce a believable three dimensional reality on canada goose uk shop a two dimensional surface.“ canada goose clearance sale If we Canada Goose online think about this innovation in terms of power, isn’t there something profoundly liberating about it?

buy canada goose jacket cheap Gadsby doesn’t, mind you, let Picasso off the hook. He may have painted images with multiple perspectives, but none of those perspectives, she says, was a woman’s. (Admittedly, it’s hard to see how they could have been). He „just put a kaleidoscope filter“ on his penis. ugg outlet (A wonderful piece of art criticism.) buy canada goose jacket cheap

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