So I will head to the MoMA Picasso Sculpture Show this week and I want to be on record before viewing it that I see his sculptures more as (amusing) pass times, doodles, or ways for him to work out spacial relationships in preparation for a painting. *
I also think Picasso's primary means of expression - the media he most valued - were canvas and paper. Ie, painting and drawing. A few of his sculptural pieces I have seen are clearly more important than others and were likely completed for public consumption or display. ** To me, even these do not carry the expressive visceral energy of the paintings and drawings. ***
BUT I haven't seen that many Picasso sculptures in person nor studied in depth the level of Picasso's devotion and relationship to sculpture, so it will be interesting to see if (how, probably) this ambitious, sweeping, 'once-in-a-lifetime' survey expands my understanding and appreciation.
*Woman in the Garden, Paris, 1929-30, welded and painted iron
**The Goat, 1950, Palm lead, iron and plaster
***Goat Skull, Bottle and Candle, 1954, oil on canvas