What Picasso Said

July 6, 2010 |  by

Time for an art break, of sorts. It’s easy to get too heady with all the ideas we’re juggling. That’s the beauty of art – it brings us back to work with a fresh perspective.

Take Picasso’s famous line: In art one must kill one’s father.

It took me a while to really get this. By that I mean, in my gut. Sure, sure, we say, out with the old and in with the new. But Picasso is deadly serious. His father – the painting styles that preceded him – had to die. Picasso was a painter, but at heart he was a discoverer, an inventor. He couldn’t just do as had been done. So you see how important this dictum was to him. Without it, he would have been finished as an artist. It was his lifeblood.

Fast forward 100 years.

The world is on the verge (perhaps)…of some serious change. To discover what’s important NOW for humanity, we need new outlooks and new perspectives. So if we’re critical of some established thinker or another, it’s not because their work isn’t valuable. Often it is. But the goal is to find the missing link – the next step in the development. I’ll talk later about this and what I call the 1% Effect. Where our fathers (and mothers) leave off, we begin..

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