Dada Exhibitions etc.
Varujan Boghosian, A Letter to Marcel, Care of the Director, 2013, Paper collage, 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
Varujan Boghosian: Eye Duchamp [& Eye Man Ray]
Lori Bookstein Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of collages and constructions by Varujan Boghosian. This is the artist's fourth exhibition and second solo-show with the gallery.
For his latest exhibition, the artist has created a series of collages and constructions that pay homage to Marcel Duchamp. Widely recognized for his contributions to postmodernism and conceptual art, Duchamp's influence has long been present in Boghosian's oeuvre. This is certainly discernable in Boghosian's Dadaist aesthetic and appropriation of found objects, but most predominately, it can be felt in the artist's shared use of humor. [...]
The exhibitions will be on view until January 4, 2014.
From Marcel Duchamp's famous 1914 Bottle Rack, considered the first real 'readymade', to Joan Miro's sculptures from the end of the 1960s to artwork by Man Ray, Max Ernst, Picasso, Giacometti and Calder, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will offer visitors a full immersion in Surrealism, a literary and artistic movement from the 1920s and 1030s which led to the avant-garde movements of the 20th century.
The exhibit 'Le surréalisme et l'objet' running through March 3 follows the great success of the show dedicated to Dali' which attracted 750,000 visitors.
At the centre of the show is the 'surrealist object', the artists' use of objects from everyday life as an 'effective agent of poetic subversion of reality', said Didier Ottinger, the deputy director of Paris' Museum of modern art, who organized the show. [...]
ANSA Med - November 5, 2013
Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis
"Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis" is on view through Jan. 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100.
[...] "Modern Art and the Metropolis" also includes a wonderful little homage to the Parisian Dada movement, whose adherents included Francis Picabia, another friend. Léger was considered an ally, and although he did not attend the group's first event in 1920, he lent paintings to be carried across the stage between acts. The show also provides a rare opportunity to see three landmarks of early modern film together: Picabia and René Clair's antic Entr'acte, from 1924, with its hilarious funeral march; Marcel Duchamp's Anemic Cinema, a 1926 experiment in dizzying abstract optics, and Léger's Ballet mécanique, made in 1924 with Dudley Murphy, an American film director. [...]
The New York Times - October 17, 2013
If you've ever looked at a sandbox and thought that's art, if you've ever been moved to tears by a kitchen appliance, or if you've ever imagined a telephone and a crustacean would make a choice pair-- you may be a surrealist.
A new exhibition entitled "Dada and Surrealist Objects" has once again brought our attention to the eccentric artistic genre, which eschews logic in favor of nonsense and intuition. Including the likes of Marcel Duchamp, who invented the readymade sculpture in 1913, artists of the genre broke with established conventions, and dimensions, of sculpture to redefine what the medium could be.
Originally a reaction against the horrors of World War I, the artistic mentality has certainly evolved over the past century. Now the pioneers of surrealism adorn the most mainstream of museum walls. However, there's no denying the professional iconoclasts' utterly absurd roots. Creating everything from sandboxes to remixed adaptations of classical nudes, the artists were equal parts poets and pranksters, who revolutionized the world of art.
Behold, six dada and surrealist masters you should know. (Followed by six large reproductions of works by Joseph Cornell - Salvador Dali - Marcel Duchamp - Alberto Giacometti - Man Ray - Kurt Seligmann).
"Dada and Surrealist Objects" will run until December 14, 2013 at Blain Di Donna.
Huffington Post - October 13, 2013
Francis Picabia - Dances at the Spring
(Reuters) - A century after the controversial 1913 Armory Show in New York challenged America's perception of art, a new exhibition is celebrating the event with works from the original including masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia.
"The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution" opens at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library on Friday and runs through February 23, 2014. The exhibit recreates, on a smaller scale, the experience of the 1913 show that shocked New Yorkers and introduced them to the European avant garde.
"We couldn't let the 100-year anniversary go by without doing something. The Armory Show was probably the most important art exhibition in America," Marilyn Satin Kushner, the co-curator of the exhibition, said in an interview.
"This is a landmark time in terms of the history and in terms of the history of art in America."
The exhibition includes 100 works from the original show by artists such as Duchamp, whose masterpiece "Nude Descending a Staircase" was mocked and compared at the time to an explosion in a shingle factory, and Matisse's "Blue Nude," considered depraved for its distortion of the female form.
Francis Picabia's "Dances at the Spring" was likened to a patchwork quilt.
Using artifacts, historical documents and archival photographs and films, the exhibition puts the works in the context of 1913 New York.
"It will introduce people to what was going on in New York in 1913 because one can't understand the Armory Show completely unless one understands that New York at that time period was the age of discovery, the age of freedom, the age of independence, the age of youth marching in the streets for women's rights," said Kushner.
By Patricia Reaney Wed Oct 9, 2013
Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century is at MUMA until December 14, 2013
Arguably the most influential development in art of the 20th century, the use of the readymade was set in motion 100 years ago with Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel. Giving birth to an entire artistic language, Duchamp's conversion of an unadorned, everyday object into a figure of high art completely inverted how people considered artistic practice.
Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century pays tribute to this seminal work and traces subsequent elaborations of the readymade from neo-dada practice to contemporary contexts. Bringing together works by over 50 artists from Duchamp and Man Ray to Andy Warhol and Martin Creed, along with some of Australia's leading practitioners this is a one-of-a-kind salute to an idea that continues to define the very nature of contemporary art.
Monash University Museum of Art, Australia
Brisbane Times - "What Comes Around"
Hannah Höch was an important member of the Berlin Dada movement and a pioneer in collage. Splicing together images taken from popular magazines, illustrated journals and fashion publications, she created a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change. Acerbic, astute and funny, Höch established collage as a key medium for satire whilst being a master of its poetic beauty.
Höch created some of the most radical works of the period and was admired by contemporaries such as George Grosz, Theo van Doesburg and Kurt Schwitters, yet she was often overlooked by traditional art history. At a time when her work has never seemed more relevant, the exhibition puts this inspiring figure in the spotlight.
Bringing together over 100 works from major international collections, the exhibition includes collages, photomontages, watercolours and woodcuts, spanning six decades from the 1910s to the 1970s. Highlights include major works such as Staatshäupter (Heads of State) (1918-20) and Flucht (Flight) (1931) as well as her innovative post-war collages.
Hannah Höch 15 January - 23 March 2014
December 20, 1961 - January 9, 1962
Read on if you are interested in what was happening in Canada over fifty years ago. Some of the people involved were Michel Sanouillet, Greg Curnoe, Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland.