Gagosian Gallery New York
Conventional wisdom holds that Pablo Picasso descended into self-parody in his later years. Conventional wisdom will have to be revised. In these works from the 1960s and 1970s, Picasso plays with the icon of the musketeer, a theme dating back to Cervantes and Velázquez. Though faces and figures are rendered in Picasso’s familiar style, the works show an unexpected interest in joyful details: ruffles of doublets, hobnails on boots, whorled belly buttons. Far from indulging in self-parody, Picasso was merely drawing upon his own earlier art, just he drew on that of other major artists. 522 W. 21st St., (212) 741-1717, through June 6. Prices range from $2 million to $20 million.