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Sum of the Arts is a periodic tabulation of numbers floating around the art world and beyond. In a special edition inspired by the opening of Picasso Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, we tally some stats for the Spanish artist.
- Number of sculptures in MoMA’s Picasso Sculpture exhibition titled “Head of a Woman” (as counted by Hyperallergic News Editor Ben Sutton) = 11
- Number of ‘colors’ in “Guernica” = 3 (black, grey, and white)
- Years of probation given to art dealer Tony Shafrazi for tagging “Guernica” at MoMA in 1974 with the words “KILL LIES ALL” in red spray paint = 5
- Number of museums exclusively dedicated to Picasso = 7
- Hours it took to remove Picasso’s 19-foot-by-20-foot “Le Tricorne” tapestry from Manhattan’s Four Seasons, where it was hanging for 55 years = 12 (it’s now on view at the New-York Historical Society)
- Number of stripes on Picasso’s signature Breton shirt = 21
- Years after his death when Picasso’s France burial site was finally opened to the public = 35
- Number of characters in Picasso’s full name = 122 (Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso)
- Number of Picassos seized in 2010 from Pierre Le Guennec, Picasso’s former electrician = 271
- Estimated number of Picasso artworks that have been stolen = 1,147
- Number of Picasso artworks catalogued in his online catalogue raisonné = 25,629
- Reward in French francs (no longer in circulation) offered for a missing “Mona Lisa” in 1911, which Picasso was suspected of stealing = 50,000 (he was later cleared)
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