Drawing Surrealism

BCAM, Level 2
October 21, 2012–January 6, 2013
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Drawing Surrealism explores the significance of drawing and works on paper to surrealist innovation. Long considered the medium of exploration and innovation, drawing was set free from its associations with other media and valued as a predominant means of expression and innovation with the advent of surrealism. Automatic drawings, exquisite cadavers, decalcomania, frottage, and collage, for example, are just a few of the processes invented by surrealists as means to tap into the subconscious realm.

The exhibition examines the impact of surrealist drawing on a global scale, with approximately 200 works representing 90 artists from 16 countries. Drawing today is in many ways indebted to the expansive and innovative approach to artistic creation and the primacy of drawing encouraged by surrealism. For contemporary artists, drawing is a process more than a medium; it functions as a metaphor for experimentation and innovation that defies any strict material definition. The inclusion of drawing-based projects by contemporary artists Alexandra Grant, Mark Licari, and Stas Orlovski, conceived specifically for the exhibition, aims to elucidate the diverse and enduring vestiges of surrealist drawing.

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This exhibition was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and was supported in part by LACMA’s Prints and Drawings Council. Additional funding was provided by Erika Glazer and Myron Laskin. The publication was made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Image: Federico Castellón, Her Eyes Trembled, gift of the 2006/2007 Drawings Group © Federico Castellón Estate, Digital Image © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA.

Olga
Francis Picabia
1930
Cadavre exquis
André Breton, Marcel Duhamel, Max Morise, Yves Tanguy
1926
Allégories féminines (Feminine Allegories)
André Masson
circa 1925
Untitled
Alfonso Ossorio
1944

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