July 25, 2021

surrealism in American art is exhibited in Marseille

Until September 26, the Center de la Vieille Charité in Marseille is offering a major exhibition, co-produced by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais and the Museums of Marseille, devoted to surrealism in American art, from the 1930s to the late 1960s.

Bringing together nearly 180 works, by more than 80 artists, it offers a rereading of relations between Europe and the United States by placing historical and cultural facts in the context of the time: from the beginnings, the surrealists in Marseille ( 1940-1941), American surrealisms (1930-1940), from figuration (1940-1950) to abstraction (1940-1955), from eccentric figurations (1960-1970) to eccentric abstractions (1960-1970). Works by abstract expressionists who have become canonical are thus shown: Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, David Smith or Clyfford Still, alongside the semi-abstract paintings of Miro, Masson and Ernst who influenced them. Here is a preview of the exhibition in pictures.

Roberto Matta: “Foreknowledge” (1939), oil on canvas - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford (Connecticut), USA.
Yves Tanguy:
Maya Deren:
Jackson Pollock: “Direction” (1944), oil on canvas - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy.
Barnett Newman:
Kay Sage: “Starlings, caravans [Starlings, Caravans] »(1948), oil on canvas - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor Museum and de Young Museum, San Francisco, USA.
Ray Johnson:
Claes Oldenburg:
Robert Morris: “Untitled (Knots)” (1963), woodwind and rope - Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA.
Peter Saul:

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