Galerie 1900 - 2000 NYC
Pivotal: Drawings And Works on Paper From Artists of the XXth Century Avant-Garde
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.
Galerie 1900-2000 began in 1972 as the Galerie des Quatre Mouvements. It was opened by Marcel Fleiss, Fred Fisher, and Philippe Klein on the advice of Man Ray, and they presented exhibitions of Dada, Surrealist, Pop, and Hyperrealist works of art. In 1981, Marcel Fleiss decided to work on his own and relaunched the gallery as Galerie 1900-2000; the new program included avant-garde movements such as Lettrism and Fluxus, as well as contemporary artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pol Bury, George Condo, and Keith Haring.
David Fleiss came to work with his father Marcel in 1991, and further expanded the program by connecting past and present artistic movements through carefully curated exhibitions in the gallery and at art fairs; he also created a photography department.
Galerie 1900-2000 boasts more than 40 years of presenting exhibitions which allow the public to discover and rediscover important works of art. A rigorous program of publishing memorializes these histories, with texts commissioned from individuals who are prominent authorities in the field of art and criticism. In the winter of 2023 Galerie 1900-2000 opened an exhibition space at 1018 Madison Avenue on the penthouse floor, bringing the Fleiss family's expertise along with offerings of rare and wonderful art works to the collectors of New York.