“Picasso: By the Book” will run concurrently with “Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter,” in the Paris gallery.
Curated by Douglas Flamm, Gagosian’s rare-book specialist, this bookstore will be devoted solely to Picasso. Included will be an in-depth selection of significant Picasso publications, including Christian Zervos's thirty-three volume catalogue raisonné published by Cahiers d’Art, which remains the closest thing to a comprehensive cataloguing of Picasso’s vast oeuvre for specialists and scholars. Other selections include a complete original set of the periodical Minotaure, published by Editions Skira 1933–39, Jean Cocteau’s Picasso de 1916 à 1961 (a special edition with two extra suites of prints), and Picasso’s 1964 illustrated book, Le Carmen des Carmen, which includes three aquatints, one drypoint etching, and a lithograph.
Rare monographs and noteworthy catalogues such as a 1932 exhibition at Galerie Georges Petite, and Picasso's last exhibition during his lifetime, in 1973 at the Palais des Papes, Avignon, will be available for sale, alongside contemporaneous art journals in which Picasso published his work, including early issues of Verve, and Cahiers d’Art. The shop will also feature prints and ceramics by Picasso as well as vintage exhibition posters and photographs of the artist by Arnold Newman, Lucien Clergue, and Edward Quinn.