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Malcolm Morley
Hubris, 2008
Sperone Westwater
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by Elisabeth Kley

In her 1964 memoir, Life with Picasso, Francoise Gilot ripped away the veil of circumspection hiding her ex-lover’s vanity, selfishness and sexism from the world. If that weren’t enough, in the ‘60s the 80-year old prototypical genius found himself out of fashion -- irrelevant to an increasingly dematerialized avant-garde. Undaunted, Picasso erupted, dashing off rapturous paintings of theatrically costumed males and nude females with oversized heads, hands and feet, inspired by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Van Gogh, and hippies, free love and flower power.