Real, Surreal


Real/Surreal1938. Oil on canvas, 24 × 29 in. (61 × 73.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, nyc; purchase with resources from the Simon Foundation Inc. 72.129. © 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris

This exhibition, drawn entirely from deep holdings regarding the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection, will concentrate on the stress and overlap between two powerful currents in twentieth century art. Although the term “realism” has its own aspects, a simple link with the observable globe underlies them all; the subversion of reality through imagination and also the subconscious lies at the heart of Surrealism. However you will find convergences during these different and even oppositional approaches to experience, and encourage new means of taking a look at the art associated with the 20s, thirties, and forties in the us. As an example, Edward Hopper, famous for chronicling New York metropolitan life, can also be a painter whose own subjectivity and imagination are fundamental to his work. Numerous musicians and artists who created imagery centered on new and very certain, tangible conditions of professional United states, such as for instance Charles Sheeler, had been basically contemplating synthetic worlds and offered these as distillations of reality. Also totally abstract painters like Yves Tanguy depended on techniques developed from standard, realist art to render strange globes. By willfully distorting these types of methods, Helen Lundeberg and Mabel Dwight could quietly undercut our sense of security while showing us recognizable plus boring things and configurations. Comprehending surrealism as far above the actual necessarily connections it to representation and reality, equally realist painting could be imaginative and bizarre without breaking with logical observance. The event will feature sixty-five works in artwork, attracting, photography, and printmaking juxtaposed in manners that elucidate exactly how performers developed competent degrees of truth where imagination held just about sway, according to intention and influence.

Real/Surreal may be the 2nd in a multiyear number of events geared towards reassessing the museum’s collection in anticipation of their proceed to its new building downtown. Unfolding in chronological purchase over a-two 12 months period, these exhibitions will explore overlooked advancements in United states art and reconsider iconic figures and masterworks within new frameworks and contexts.

Real/Surreal is organized by Whitney curator Carter Foster.

Continuous assistance the permanent collection and significant assistance for is provided by

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