Right On Cube

Pablo Picasso, the last century’s most famous artist, told an interviewer in 1935 that “people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.” If that hasn’t stopped anyone from attempting to explain Picasso’s pictures — along with his sculptures, his quotes and his sex life — consensus is that John Richardson, in his three-books-and-counting biography of the artist, has found all the right trees. Richardson and his collaborator on a fourth volume, Antoni Gaudi biographer Gijs van Hensbergen, are in town for a talk titled “New Lights on Picasso, part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s 44th-annual Carolyn Benton Cockefair Continuing Education Series. The two scholars get started at 7 p.m. in UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium (5000 Holmes). Admission is free; reserve a place online at tickets.cto.umkc.edu/public or call 816-235-6222.

Wed., April 28, 7 p.m., 2010