New York’s storied Four Seasons restaurant has for decades harbored one of the city’s more unusual artworks: the largest Pablo Picasso painting in the United States. But a plan to move it has touched off a spat as sharply drawn as the bullfight crowd the canvas depicts.
The curtain hangs in what has become known as Picasso Alley, a corridor that joins the restaurant’s majestically modern, Phillip Johnson-designed main dining rooms.
Some argue that the painting, donated to the Landmarks Conservancy in 2005, is a vital piece of the city’s cultural landscape and the restaurant’s lauded decor. The architecture critic Paul Goldberger decried the curtain’s potential move in Vanity Fair, saying the canvas helps make the Four Seasons “a complete work of art”.
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