Galerie 1900 - 2000 NYC

Galerie 1900 - 2000 NYC

Marcel and David Fleiss
Located in the top floor of the historic gallery building, 1018 Madison Avenue NYC
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Exhibition Title

Pivotal: Drawings And Works on Paper From Artists of the XXth Century Avant-Garde

Exhibition Description

The relative importance of an artwork may only become apparent years, if not decades, after its creation. Artists will often work out an idea on paper before executing it in paint or another more costly medium. Later, when considered in relation to the entirety of the artist’s oeuvre, a work on paper will prove itself to be a pivotal moment within the trajectory of the artist’s achievements.

Our exhibition features works on paper made by artists who were the protagonists of some of the most significant twentieth-century avant-garde movements: Surrealism, Dada, Art Brut, as well as representations from the early Pop and Conceptual Art periods. Galerie 1900-2000 has a long history of placing works of art from these historic movements, with a unique proximity to the Estates of Andre Breton, Hans Bellmer, and Francis Picabia, affording the gallery firsthand knowledge of the histories of the pictures we exhibit and sell.

Artworks such as L’Enfer by Picabia foretell bodies of work that would later come to be. Picabia’s painting on paper is one of the first depictions of his “monsters;” the ghostly faces with many eyes and the dashed lines are recurrent motifs found in this body of work. Another example of a pivotal moment in the artist’s career is a 1915 drawing by Man Ray titled Exhibition at the Daniel Gallery which announces his first solo exhibition at the historic New York gallery.  It was also the first time his work was shown in the context of progressive American and European artists with established reputations.

Other artists included in our presentation are Hans Bellmer, Jean Dubuffet, and Adolf Wolfli who’s works on paper are examples of great contributions to the visual art diaspora. Additional works by Pop and Conceptual artists such as On Kawara, Ed Kienholz, and Tom Wesselmann are also included in our presentation.

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Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 6pm