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Picasso’s Grandson Talks Christie’s Sale, New Biography, Kanye West

Forty-five years after Pablo Picasso’s death, the artist’s lasting impact on the art world can be seen in exhibitions, the ever-escalating art market and a biography by his grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
In New York to promote his book, “Picasso: An Intimate Portrait,” he said the U.S. was very important to his father. “Coming to America is like coming to visit cousins. It is like visiting part of the family. America is the one that made Pablo very, very famous and trendy,” he said. “If Pablo Picasso became a universal star after the second world war, it’s mainly because of the MoMA in New York, and its first director Alfred Barr.”
His visit coincides with Sunday’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale — 25 percent of which will be solely Picasso pieces — at Christie’s. The author’s grandmother Marie-Thérèse Walyer encountered the artist in 1927, when he spotted the teenager through the window of Galeries Lafayette in Paris and offered to paint her, pointing toward a book about himself as proof. Four years after the artist’s death, she took her own life. While many to be auctioned are ones Picasso recognized, the Parisienne said there is a portrait of his grandmother that he

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