Centennial of Surrealism

Centennial of Surrealism

In 1924 in Paris two versions of a surrealist manifesto were published by Andre Breton and Yvan Goll. They represented competing factions.  Breton, the more aggressive leader eclipsed Goll who is now forgotten. On the occasion of its centennial we look back at one of...
There’s No Surrealism Without Dada

There’s No Surrealism Without Dada

Like everything in life, Dada is useless.  Dada is without pretension, as life should be.  Within days of each other, in 1924, two surrealist manifestos, by Andre Breton and Yvan Goll were published. Breton later wrote a second in 1929, publishing it the following...
Forum ’49 in Provincetown Revisited

Forum ’49 in Provincetown Revisited

In the aftermath of WWII, Provincetown in the summer of 1949 was the setting for a multi-valent colloquium on epic transition and change in American art and culture. In addition to artists there was dialogue among a critical mass of intellectuals and leaders in a...
Pollock’s Masterpiece Lavender Mist

Pollock’s Masterpiece Lavender Mist

One That Got Away from the MFA During a recent Sunday afternoon at the National Gallery we viewed the exhibition of Mark Rothko’s drawings. It was a riveting experience with much that was new to absorb. Moving on to the Twentieth Century collection we encountered the...