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ART / Ways of seeing: Views on Juan Gris

'The only real Cubism is that of Picasso and Juan Gris. Picasso created it and Gris permeated it with his clarity and his exaltation.' Gertrude Stein, 1933

ART / Circling the square: As a new exhibition opens at the Whitechapel Gallery, Andrew Graham-Dixon re-examines the work of Juan Gris

SUSAN SONTAG once wrote that 'interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art', but some art just won't be explained away. Cubism has remained relatively untouched by the herculean attempts at exegesis that it has prompted since the second decade of this century. There is still something difficult and unfathomable at its core, and while there is hardly a major artist of this century who has not in some way been influenced by it, there is still a sense in which it seems never to have been entirely understood. 'Juan Gris', at the Whitechapel Gallery, is a beautiful puzzle of a show - a gathering of works that still have the aspect of unsolved riddles.

EXHIBITIONS / Third man at deep square: An exceptional week in the galleries begins with Juan Gris: not the most celebrated of Cubists, but the most colourful

THREE YEARS ago there was a monumental exhibition in New York called Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism. To go by the catalogue and other accounts it was an essential, unrepeatable, unmissable show. Unfortunately, like many people in this country, I did miss it. Now, with The Cubisms of Juan Gris at the Whitechapel, we have some compensation.
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