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The Picassos of …

What are you the Picasso of? (illustration by the author for Hyperallergic)
What are you the Picasso of? (illustration by the author for Hyperallergic)

As an increasingly globalized monoculture takes hold, people often resort to using celebrities and innovators as their barometers of success. Cédric Villani, of whom you’ve probably never heard, has been deemed “the Lady Gaga of mathematics.” Genevieve Nnaji, a Nollywood superstar, is known as “the Julia Roberts of Africa.” Kanye West aspires to be “the Steve Jobs of the Gap,” while hedge fund manager and Sotheby’s board member Daniel Loeb has been dubbed “the Kanye West of Wall Street.” And these guys are “the David Blaines of Turkish ice cream.” So many people have been described as the Michael Jordan of their respective disciplines that it was the subject of an interactive Wall Street Journal feature.

Who is the art world’s paragon of excellence? Andy Warhol is a close second, as we previously observed, but the Michael Jordan of artistic prowess analogies has got to be Pablo Picasso. Presenting:

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