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Witnessing Visions: Brion Gysin, Henri Michaux, Judit Reigl, Unica Zürn

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Untitled, 1963 Ink On Paper 8 3/4 X 7 Inches (22.2 X 17.8 Cm)
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Untitled, 1946-1948 Ink, Watercolor & Gouache On Paper 10 X 12 7/8 Inches (25.4 X 32.7 Cm)
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Untitled (post-mascaline drawing), 1969 Pastel On Paper 12 5/8 X 9 3/8 Inches (32.1 X 23.8 Cm)
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Untitled from Ècriture d'après musiqué ["Writing after Music"], 1965 Ink On Paper 10 5/8 X 8 1/4 Inches (27 X 21 Cm)
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Untitled, 2010 Ink On Paper 29 1/2 X 33 1/2 Inches (74.9 X 85.1 Cm)
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Untitled, Île de Ré, 1963 Ink & Gouache On Paper 19 3/4 X 25 3/4 Inches (50.2 X 65.4 Cm)
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Guten Abend mein Ungleuck wie geht es Dir? Ich kegle in Dir um das unentwegte Beugen, ca. 1958 Ink On Paper (Torn Anagram Drawing Reassembled By Hans Bellmer) 11 1/8 X 7 1/2 Inches (28.3 X 19.1 Cm)
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Untitled, 1959 Ink On Paper 25 7/8 X 18 7/8 Inches (65.7 X 47.9 Cm)
Witnessing Visions: Brion Gysin, Henri Michaux, Judit Reigl, Unica Zürn

416 East 59 Street
New York, NY 10022
December 13th, 2013 - March 21st, 2014

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Frottage, writing, language, automatism, conceptual
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DESCRIPTION

Ubu Gallery is pleased to present, Witnessing Visions: Brion Gysin, Henri Michaux, Judit Reigl, Unica Zürn, on view through March 21, 2014. Focusing on works on paper from the 1950s and 60s, the exhibition features automatic writings, drawings, frottage and decalcomania.

Although each artist has proven difficult to place in the art historical canon, the artists share a number of similarities—including, a tendency to utilize language and writing, the appearance of movement and fluidity across their works, and the use of automatism.

Judit Reigl (born 1923), Unica Zürn (1916-1970), Brion Gysin (1916-1986), and Henri Michaux (1899-1984) each explore a form of altered consciousness. All of the works on display demonstrate how these varied artists found processes whereby the artwork could in some way “make itself.” Whether this automatic state is a deliberate disorientation brought on by drugs or an inadvertent psychotic “spell,” the artist is left as a vehicle and then witness to an unveiling work of art.

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