07/30/2010 12:11 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Curator Richard Kendall's Love Affair With Degas

New York City is playing host to two Picasso shows this summer, but the most challenging and provocative exhibition dedicated to that colossus of 20th century art may be nestled deep in the Berkshires at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. "Picasso Looks at Degas" presents the two artists side by side and offers a radical rethinking of some of the younger man's work. Whether paying homage to Edgar Degas or poking fun at his aristocratic hauteur, Pablo Picasso was deeply engaged with his work on and off for seven decades, even before he set foot in Montmartre at the age of 22. (Though they most likely never met, the two lived within a few blocks of each other in that raffish artists' neighborhood.)