The Chicago Picasso made its debut in downtown Chicago in August 1967 and was immediately recognized as a supreme achievement in monumental sculpture and civic art. The capstone to Picasso's long and fabled career as a sculptor and modernist, the sculpture has defined the city of Chicago for generations now and stands as a peerless example of the union of modern art and civic architecture.

Art historian Patricia Stratton tells the inside story of the sculpture for the first time in The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure, the publication of which is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the famous unveiling. Relying on exclusive archival interviews and extensive research, and settling once and for all the long-running controversy over the mystery of the sculpture's inspiration, The Chicago Picasso tells the full story of monumental achievement in all of its historical and artistic glory.

By Patricia Stratton