Picasso’s War is the never-before-told story about how a single exhibition, a decade in the making, irrevocably changed American taste, and in doing so saved dozens of the twentieth century’s most enduring artworks from the Nazis. Through a deft combination of new scholarship and vivid storytelling, Hugh Eakin shows how two men and their obsession with Picasso changed the art world forever.

Join us for a conversation on the book and on art, from the author Hugh Eakin and James Barron of James Barron Art.

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Hugh Eakin, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs, has written about museums and the art world for the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and his book, Picasso’s War: How Modern Art Came to America, will be published by Crown on July 12, 2022.

James Barron founded his art business in 1987 as a private art dealer and consultant, and established James Barron Art in 2010.  He specializes in modern and contemporary American and European art.  Trained as an art historian (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) at Brown University, Barron is known for his refined vision and ability to juxtapose works in unexpected combinations.  He exhibits regularly at art fairs including The Armory Show, the Dallas Art Fair, the Outsider Art Fair, and Art Miami.  James divides his time between Rome, Italy, and Kent, CT.   He worked at Knoedler Gallery from 1980-85 with Post-War and Contemporary American art and at Jan Krugier Gallery from 1985-87, with the Marina Picasso Collection and Modern masterworks.  He has sold Modern works by Picasso, Matisse, Arp, Giacometti and Pollock, as well as Contemporary art by Warhol, Diebenkorn, LeWitt, Mangold, Pepper, Caro and Olitski.  Barron is equally adept in guiding both new and experienced collectors.