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Exhibition Detail
Drawing Surrealism
5905 Wilshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

October 21st, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
October 21st, 2012 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Her Eyes Trembled, Federico CastellónFederico Castellón, Her Eyes Trembled,
1939, Pen and ink, 15 3/4 x 11 5/8 in., LACMA, gift of the 2006/2007 Drawings Group, M.2006.202
© Federico Castellón Estate. Digital Image © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA
Mon-Tue,Thu 12-8; Fri 12-9; Sat-Sun 11-8

Long considered the medium of exploration and innovation through its use for studies and preparatory sketches, 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.

Drawing Surrealism explores the significance of drawing and works on paper to surrealist innovation. 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.

Drawing Surrealism examines the impact of surrealist drawing on a global scale. In addition to surrealist “icons” based in France (like Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, André Masson and Max Ernst), the exhibition will include lesser-known Western European artists as well as artists from countries in Eastern Europe and the Americas, Great Britain, and Japan, where surrealism had a profound and lingering effect. The exhibition includes approximately 200 works representing 90 artists from 16 countries.

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. The publication was made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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