"Surrealism is about the unconscious, and I feel my work is about the unconscious. The images come from the unconscious except that my unconscious is filled with pop imagery. My unconscious is pop, so therefore the art would be Pop-Surrealism." Kenny Scharf
Paul Kasmin Gallery and Edelman Arts, Inc. are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition of Surrealism: Then & Now, on view at 293 Tenth Avenue from October 11 through November 11, 2006. The founder of Surrealism, André Breton, once claimed that "the work of art is valuable only insofar as it is vibrated by the reflexes of the future." This exhibit aims to explore in fresh light, Surrealism and the constant importance the movement continues to play on artists' visions of today. This exhibition will comprise a broad selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture as well as photography.
The term "Surrealism" was first coined in André Breton's now infamous "Surrealist Manifesto" which the artist had written in 1924. As a movement, Surrealism would concern itself with the unconscious and its connection to not only the visual arts but also to literature, poetry and the numerous artistic realms of the time. Surrealism quickly became known as a cultural, political and social revolution intent on severing ties with conventional ideas and traditions. Today we recognize the movement as it was embodied through the widely recognized images of renowned artists such as Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Man Ray. In carrying the Surrealist torch, all were at the pinnacle of artistic thought and proponents of this unique visual dialogue. Looking forward to the artists of the last few decades, many bridges link them with the aesthetic daring and innovation assumed by the original circle.
Artists included in the exhibition are, Hans Bellmer, Paul Delvaux, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Man Ray among others. Some of today's contemporary artists will be George Condo, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Kenny Scharf and Santi Moix.
Many have claimed that the death of André Breton in 1966 marked the end of Surrealism, some attribute its demise to the 1989 death of Salvador Dalí, while still others highlight Breton's unwavering belief that the 'nouveau espirit' of Surrealism would continue long after his passing. As this movement has and forever will continue to raise questions and eyebrows, we welcome the viewer to ponder and decide for themselves whether Breton's legacy still resonates in the 21st century…