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Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration

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She Could Hardly Wait, 1996 Oil and Ink on Cut-and-pasted Printed Paper 27 X 27 1/2" (68.6 X 69.9 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration
Curated by: Samantha Friedman

11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
March 14th, 2012 - July 9th, 2012
Opening: March 14th, 2012 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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DESCRIPTION

In a collaborative, chance-based drawing game known as the exquisite corpse, Surrealist artists subjected the human body to distortions and juxtapositions that resulted in fantastic composite figures. This exhibition considers how this and related practices—in which the body is dismembered or reassembled, swollen or multiplied, propped with prosthetics or fused with nature and the machine—have recurred in art throughout the 20th century and to the present day. Artists from André Masson and Joan Miró to Louise Bourgeois and Robert Gober to Mark Manders and Nicola Tyson have distorted and disoriented our most familiar of referents, playing out personal, cultural, or social anxieties and desires on unwitting anatomies. If art history reveals an unending impulse to render the human figure as a symbol of potential perfection and a system of primary organization, these works show that artists have just as persistently been driven to disfigure the body.